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Is 'Movie 43' a lock for next year's Razzies?

By Daniel Montgomery
Jan 31 2013 10:25 am
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The makers of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" must be cursing "Movie 43" for not opening a few weeks sooner. 2012 was such a strong year for movies that a film like the "Twilight" finale, which received mixed but respectable reviews, could end up winning the top prize at the Razzie Awards.

There may be enough disdain for the blockbuster franchise as a whole to carry its not-so-bad final installment to victory at the 33rd annual edtion of these kudos celebrating the worst in film fare. And there's no flop as notorious as "The Last Airbender" or "Gigli" to take its place.

Last weekend, a film was released that would probably have swept this year's prizes if it had come out in December instead of January. "Movie 43" was practically designed for the Razzies -- a gross-out comedy reviled by critics (18 on MetaCritic, 4% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes) and featuring an inexplicably prestigious all-star cast that includes current Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts, as well as previous nominees and winners Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Greg Kinnear, Kate Winslet, and Uma Thurman.

RELATED: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2' leads Razzies with 11 nominations

The film did poorly at the box office, opening in seventh place with $4.8 million in weekend receipts. With a reported $6 million budget, it will be more embarrassing for its reviews than its bottom line.

It's now a question of whether the film will be remembered by the time the next Razzies roll around. These voters often have long memories; "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn" opened in February 1998. Despite only grossing $45,000 in 19 theaters, it went on to win Worst Picture 13 months later.

Another critically panned film was released last weekend: "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." It topped the box office despite its critical notices (21 on MetaCritic, 18% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes).

However, last year's similarly revisionist "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" didn't make the Razzie lineup in any category, so "Hansel and Gretel's" rising stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton may be spared any further ignominy.

 
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