There are several reasons to remember 2011 fondly. However, it was never a year for good films. Although a number of films did come and go, few, if any, attracted the masses and several of them, even with big names like Nicolas Cage, Adam Sandler and Ron Perlman, went out as epic flops, witnessing poor stints at the box office.
Here is a list of the ten worst films of 2011:
Battle: Los Angeles -
Yet another addition to a long list of science-fiction films revolving around the idea of aliens invading the Earth, Battle: Los Angeles never really made a name for itself, despite a budget of $70 million available to director Jonathan Liebesman. The plot was anything but exciting.
The film was set in modern day Los Angeles and followed a platoon of U.S. Marines during a massive global alien invasion. It is believed the events of the movie were inspired by the Battle of Los Angeles, a supposed World War II air raid on the city, which turned out to be a false alarm caused by several Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star -
An American sex-comedy with, literally, nothing in it. Although the film declared itself a Happy Madison product, it was a total failure at the box office, earning a meager $1.4 million initially. It would earn barely a million more, before being pulled from theatres.
The film focused on the life Bucky Larson (Nick Swardson), who hoped to follow in his parent's footsteps and fulfill his destiny as the biggest adult-film star in the world.
The Hangover: Part II -
There was much riding on the release of The Hangover: Part II, a film expected to be as popular and as successful as the first part, released in 2009. Audiences, however, were quite disappointed, particularly at a drastic shift from comedy to something approaching oblivion.
Although the movie became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, it received mostly negative reviews from critics and was even tagged a crueler, darker, raunchier carbon copy of the first installment and lacks the element of surprise - and most of the joy - that helped make the original a hit.
Season of the Witch -
Although the film made a reasonable name for itself at the box office, it received negative reviews from critics. Reuters reported that the blending of road movie and buddy film with supernatural thriller and period drama... has critics wondering if it will be a hit or miss for an actor [Cage] who divides audiences and exasperates even his most loyal fans.
An Associated Press movie critic, Christy Lemire, found actors Cage and Ron Perlman to be poorly utilized in the movie and called Season of the Witch a supernatural action thriller that's never actually thrilling.
The scenery is drab, the battles are interchangeable, and no one seems particularly interested in being here, she also wrote.
Drive Angry -
Undoubtedly another blunder on the part of Nicolas Cage, Drive Angry received mixed reviews from critics, with an average rating of 5.3/10. Thomas Layer from the Toronto Telegraph said the film was an abysmal nightmare and more evidence that Nicolas Cage is a monotone, uninspiring thespian whose films should be avoided at all costs.
However, Elizabeth Weitzman, from the New York Daily News, wrote: Drive Angry is pure grindhouse, so committed to its own junkiness that it is, in its way, a pleasure to behold.
The film's box office performance also made it the lowest-grossing opening of a 3D film released in over 2,000 U.S. theaters.
Red Riding Hood -
The film is loosely based on the folk tale of the same name and although the movie grossed $14,005,335 in ticket sales over the opening weekend, it again received negative reviews from critics. USA Today complimented the production design but wrote: it's a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.
American film critic Roger Ebert gave the film one out of four stars and stated it was a movie that cross-pollinates the Twilight formula with a werewolf and a girl who always wears a red hooded cape, although I don't recall her doing any riding. It has the added inconvenience of being serious about a plot so preposterous, it demands to be filmed by Monty Python.
Abduction is the story of a teenager (Taylor Lautner) who finds his parents are not really his, when he sees photographs of himself as a baby, on a Web site for missing people. The movie was universally lambasted by critics and only four percent out of a total 92 critics gave the movie its only positive review. Owen Gleiberman, of Entertainment Weekly, gave the film a C and said Lautner was not a terrible actor, but if he wants a career after the Twilight fades, he'll pick better films.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the movie was a soulless and incompetent action/thriller that not even a veteran lead actor could save, let alone Taylor Lautner.
Another of the year's Happy Madison products, Zookeeper boasted voice talents of Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Jude Apatow and Cher. However, it just couldn't deliver what was expected.
Rotten Tomatoes said Zookeeper smothers Kevin James' inherent likability with its sodden script and a surfeit of jokes that might be inappropriate for the young viewers intrigued by its juvenile storyline.
Look, a great movie this is not. A pleasant summer entertainment it is. I think it can play for all ages in a family audience, and besides, I'm getting a teensy bit exhausted by cute little animated animals. The creatures in this zoo all have the excellent taste to be in 2D, wrote Roger Ebert.
Jack and Jill -
The movie focuses on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), who is a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and children. However, he dreads his identical twin sister whose passive-aggressiveness is maddening. The movie received several negative reviews upon release and according to Rotten Tomatoes, although it features an inexplicably committed performance from Al Pacino, Jack and Jill is impossible to recommend on any level whatsoever. However, despite poor reviews, the film opened in 3,438 theaters at number two with $25 million.
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son -
This was the one film which received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics. Metacritic gave the film a generally unfavorable rating of 22 percent, based on reviews from 14 critics and Mike Hale, of The New York Times, described Faizon Love's performance as the only honestly funny thing in the whole film.