There are some movies we watch with company. With friends over we proudly put on the Director’s Cut edition of Reservoir Dogs or stop at Scorsese’s Goodfellas if we happen to come across it while flipping through channels. Who doesn’t appreciate a really good movie?
There are some movies, though, we’re not so proud about liking. Intellectually, we know they’re bad and, frankly, not hip in the least. Still, we love curling up and watching them with our favorite junk food within reach and total suspension of good taste in mind.
Here are five films that can only be described as guilty pleasures:
Road House (1989)
The dude from Dirty Dancing kicks butt and rips out a guy’s throat! Patrick Swayze stars in this guilty pleasure about a roadside dive bar, bouncers, an evil businessman, and a bunch of other junk. But who cares about all the story baloney when there’s so much good, ol’ fashioned bar fighting? Plus, it co-stars legendary pro wrestling battler, Terry Funk!
Rap group The Fat Boys star in this awful, awful movie that is just so, so enjoyable. Leaning heavily on a Three Stooges vibe, Disorderlies is about the evil nephew of a sick, elderly billionaire who hires the three worst orderlies in the world to kill off the old man with incompetence. Of course, chaos ensues and our beloved, but inept rapping health care workers save the day. Surprisingly, The Fat Boys come across as extremely likable characters, who perhaps could’ve even been capable of creating a Three Stooges-like franchise for themselves.
Yes, Jesse from Saved by the Bell is naked and HOT in this overblown and comically self-important guilty pleasure. Aspiring to be an epic tale, Showgirls winds up being unintentionally charming as a well-meaning, but impossibly flawed piece of cinematic storytelling. And, yeah, Jesse from Saved by the Bell is naked…a lot!
Space Jam (1996)
Your darkest secret may be that, secretly, when no one else is around, you put on this Bugs Bunny-Michael Jordan film and get totally hyped about it. From the opening Jordan basketball montage, to the closing Warner Brothers cartoon characters vs. aliens basketball game, Space Jam is silly, childish fun that makes you totally feel like you’re a kid again. Like eating an ice cream cone and cotton candy for supper, it’s a harmless, temporary escape from reality into a world where stuff doesn’t have to make much sense.
Legally Blonde (2001)
This Reese Witherspoon film about a ditzy blonde making her way through Harvard Law School is warm and comforting, like a great big hug. Not intended to be a think piece, Legally Blonde is like a hot dog at the ballgame- little more than a tasty light snack when you don’t feel like a full meal.