We love our movie stars, but even a good cast can't always save a bad movie. Which flat-out bad movies had great casts? Audiences are often mainly attracted to films based upon who is in them. Many times, a bad film can be saved by a fine performance. But the films on this list are so dreadful that not even Hollywood's best actor or actress can make the flick watchable. Imagine a film with an ensemble cast of Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Cary Elwes, Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers, Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank, Ryan Seacrest, and Abigail Breslin. Oh, and Garry Marshall is the director. Wouldn’t you rush out to the theater to see it?
Unfortunately that ensemble movie, New Year’s Eve, was a train wreck. Despite assembling one of the best casts in film history, the narrative was littered with romantic comedy clichés and bad dialogue. But guess what? New Year’s Eve may not even be the worst ensemble movie ever. This list is a collection of truly bad movies that had great casts.
You’ll recognize several repeat offenders on this list. You may be wondering why Robert De Niro, one of the best actors in the history of cinema, continues to make so many awful films. Of course, there are a couple Michael Bay projects on this list and even the lovable Bradley Cooper appears a few times.
It’s hard to believe that the most successful movie stars in Hollywood agree to appear in such awful movies. To show your disgust and disappointment, upvote the worst movies with the best ensemble casts below. Be sure to upvote the films you think were just not worth the star power in them.
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The Cast: George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Vivica A. Fox, Elle Macpherson.
This could have been the movie that ruined both Clooney's career and the entire Batman franchise. The ER stud took over as hero of Gotham following Val Kilmer's departure in 1997. Director Joel Schumacher took the film way over the top and filled it with so many bad puns that it seemed more like a lame comedy than a superhero flick. Perhaps the lone highlight of the movie was Uma Thurman's performance as Poison Ivy. George Clooney is a very good actor, but he looks lost in the Batman suit and the notorious Batnipples were more than an eye sore. (Clooney has since apologized for nearly ruining the franchise.)Buy on AmazonBad movie, but great cast?
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The Cast: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes.
This is a tough movie to watch. It's a bit painful to see iconic screen legends like De Niro, Keaton, Williams, and Sarandon in a film this bad. Josh Slater-Williams of The Skinny describes the train wreck best, "Built on chaotically disparate tones and extremely broad jokes that never hit their mark, The Big Wedding is completely devoid of laughs. It’s also fueled by some repugnant misogyny, homophobia and stereotyping of particular races, making it the perfect accompaniment to I Give It a Year, another disastrous and offensive marriage comedy from earlier this year." "Offensive" and "devoid of laughs" are never ways filmmakers and actors want their work described.Buy on AmazonBad movie, but great cast?
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The Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Cary Elwes, Jessica Biel, Seth Meyers, Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank, Ryan Seacrest, Abigail Breslin.
Another Gary Marshall holiday-themed ensemble film that doesn't work, New Year's Eve, just like Valentine's Day, is overly sentimental and cliché-ridden. The dialogue is hokey, the characters are unlikeable, the narrative is predictable, and the film is not funny (even though it is supposed to be a romantic comedy). There are a few cute storylines, and although the novelty does wear off quickly, it's at least kind of fun to see so many great actors pop in and out of one movie.Buy on AmazonBad movie, but great cast?
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The Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson, Tim Heidecker.
This big budget reboot of the Marvel Comics property enlisted a murderer's row of acclaimed young Hollywood talent to play the superpowered surrogate family. Director Josh Trank, hot off the hit Chronicle, went unconventional with his choices, even changing up the race of traditionally white Johnny Storm. While many critics praised the actors' attempts to elevate the material, Fantastic Four was thoroughly clobbered as one of the worst additions to the comic book movie canon.Buy on AmazonBad movie, but great cast?