We've all had the experience - you sit down with a bowl of popcorn, eager to watch a movie that's been talked up by everyone you know. Maybe it's the latest summer blockbuster, maybe it's a beloved nostalgic classic that you never actually watched as a kid. Either way, a couple hours later the credits roll, and you're left saying, "Wait a sec, that's it? What was all the fuss about?"
Some of these universally beloved films just might not hit the same if you didn't grow up watching them as a kid. Others may have been groundbreaking when they were initially released, but a rewatch decades later illuminates some gaping plot holes and less than stellar writing. In any event, many found that these hugely popular movies are actually pretty overrated. Did your favorite movie make the list?
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From Redditor u/RockerElvis:
La La Land. Turned it off 2/3s in. I don’t care how it ended.
From Redditor u/Ophidiophobic:
I love musicals and I hated La La Land. Maybe because neither of the mains were especially musically talented. Also, the white man saving jazz was a bit much.
From Redditor u/b_tight:
Hollywood loves nothing more than movies about Hollywood. If you want an Oscar nod just make some dumb movie about Hollywood and you're in.
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From Redditor u/DulceEtBanana:
My Best Friend's Wedding - Julia Roberts' character is a freaking psychopath and the rest of them aren't that much better.
From Redditor u/Peach1632:
Amen. I always wanted to like this movie, but she’s a complete psycho. As if they could all still be friends after that!!
From Redditor u/DodrantalNails:
The ONLY good thing about that movie was [Dermot] Mulroney and him singing on the boat. That was it.
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From Redditor u/Temporary_Ad_2544:
Avatar. It's just Dances with Wolves in space.
From Redditor u/iranoutofusernamespa:
Avatar. It's just Fern Gully in space!
From Redditor u/dramaminelovemachine:
Everyone went INSANE for [Avatar] when it came out and I have no idea why, and [I] do not understand how it became the highest grossing movie of all time. It is an irredeemably horrible movie. The characters are all one-dimensional. The story is a predictable and simplified rip off of a number of other films. The world has no complexity to it. It’s riddled with plot holes. The whole thing was basically a bloated tech demo. An absolute waste of 3 hours. Also they have sex with the animals.
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From Redditor u/classtobedismissed:
I never watch anything [Nicholas Sparks]. Dude can't write any other plot. Someone is dying, or just died and romance[s] are slow and obvious love-hate crap. He writes like a 10 year old with with 20 hashtags on an [Instagram] post.
From Redditor u/greatfogcoast:
Came here looking for The Notebook. Shifty, toxic relationship wrapped up and presented as a great love story.
From Redditor u/alwayssoupy:
Not to mention the romantic take on Alzheimer's disease. It was really romantic when my grandfather woke up and told the woman he had been married to for almost 60 years "I don't know who you are but you'd better leave before my wife sees you." And even more romantic when a couple of months later he chased her through the house with a kitchen knife, was put into a nursing home and then died alone of [pneumonia]... My husband knows not to bring up this movie. I don't just not like it, I hate it.
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From Redditor u/Caro-Alt-Delete:
I know a lot of people who absolutely love the Polar Express but I’ve always hated it.
From Redditor u/mostlysandwiches:
It’s a boring, weird film.
From Redditor u/splurgeoverthem:
The animation style always creeped me out a bit as a kid.
From Redditor u/Prysorra2:
Dead. Lifeless. Eyes.
From Redditor u/Jolly-Persimmon2626:
[It's] the teeth and gums on the characters. Makes me queasy.
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From Redditor u/2pepperkins:
I was terrified of Gumby as a child. Still makes me uncomfortable.
From Redditor u/sometimes_a_cigar:
Me too! I've never met anyone else who feels this way. There was a skit on America's Funniest Home Videos with alien Gumbies that abducted humans -- it absolutely terrified me as a small child and I hated Gumby ever since.