The Golden Raspberry Awards, better known as the Razzies, announced their 2014 nominations Wednesday, and none of the included movies were much of a surprise. And that, I think, is much of the problem.
All five of the Worst Picture nominees are big-budget Hollywood films that flopped financially, received terrible reviews, and generally known as punchlines anyway: “Grown-Ups 2,” “”A Madea Christmas,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Movie 43″ and “After Earth.”
And that’s the problem. These are all movies that have mocked and ridiculed for months already. All the Razzies are doing at this point is piling on. Besides, now are now newer and better ways to mock bad films, whether its Red Letter Media, Honest Trailers or “How Did This Get Made?”
Many of the brightest in the film commentariat had a similar take:
Have the Razzies ever singled out a film or performance that wasn’t safe to hate?
— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) January 15, 2014
I wrote about why the RAZZIES stink in ’13, but it still holds: Its voters think the world of awful movies is flat. http://t.co/aV5MXmLRst
— Pete Croatto (@PeteCroatto) January 15, 2014
I’d argue that the Razzies are even less representative of terrible filmmaking than the Oscars are representative of great filmmaking.
— Scott Renshaw (@scottrenshaw) January 15, 2014
So the #Razzies clearly didn’t see R.I.P.D. or PARANOIA or RUNNER RUNNER or 47 RONIN or MORTAL INSTRUMENTS or THE HOST(!)
— Erik Childress (@EriktheMovieman) January 15, 2014
The Razzies are aptly named for low-hanging fruit.
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) January 15, 2014
The Razzies were a moderately amusing concept in the ’80s and ’90s, but the world has moved on. One reason they’re barely paid attention to is that worst of the year lists are ubiquitous online during December and early January, and whatever limited interest might exist in this post-relevant annual event (which attracted moderate attention when good sport Sandra Bullock accepted her Worst Actress award in person in 2010) has all but dissipated by the time of the presentation, which is always right before the Oscars per the scheduling of founder John J.B. Wilson. But the main reason the Razzies are roadkill is that they only go after easy prey. Where is the pizazz in announcing that Grown Ups 2, a piece of Adam Sandler sequel sausage that no one cared about to begin with, has acquired eight Razzies noms?
Yes, the Razzies are too snarky and mean-spirited even for Jeffrey Wells.