It’s no surprise at the amount of TV shows that have been turned into movies. The impact that nostalgia has on consumers is so important that millions of people will race to buy a $15 dollar ticket just to go see a movie loosely based on a show from 30 years ago. Some might be great, some won’t. Here’s the list of the 12 worst movies based on TV shows.
12. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Ignoring that the plot was clichéd and the angels were still sexist caricatures of women from the ‘70s, the movie suffered from a laundry list of other issues. Bill Murray (after allegedly coming to blows with both co-star Lucy Liu and director McG) was replaced with Bernie Mac. The hired actors were unable to speak with normal Irish accepts even though their characters were Irish. That’s before mentioning that the wire fighting has never worked; in fact, Guillermo del Toro marks the movie as the death of wire fighting. Pretty much nothing worked right in this movie, yet it’s still somehow much better than the 2011 TV remake.
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The most telling difference between the two movies is exemplified by the controversies that Sacha found himself in the middle of. Borat caused lawsuits from almost every one who appeared in the movie because they were so embarrassed by what they said on camera. The movie even allegedly led to Pamela Anderson’s divorce from Kid Rock, so Borat actually achieved his goal. Bruno on the other hand just got Cohen in trouble with Child Services… Turns out getting a couple racist frat bros riled up is funny, making innocent people feel that they need to protect a child is just lame.
9. Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
8. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra/Retaliation
7. Inspector Gadget
6. The Adventures Of Rocky & Bullwinkle
For a time, Rocky and Bullwinkle were as recognizable as other classic cartoons like Fred Flintstone or Bugs Bunny. In 2000, Robert De Niro decided it was time to bring back the beloved characters with minimal changes. Fans of the show in the ‘60s were happy to see their favorites on the screen, but the 40-year-old nostalgia didn’t resonate with kids and the script just wasn’t funny. However, the movie did succeed by featuring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell together for one of the last times. While other cartoons from the same era have stayed prominent and made multiple kids movies (even Yogi Bear is getting a sequel), Rocky & Bullwinkle have faded to obscurity partly thanks to this movie.
4. The Dukes of Hazzard
3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
2. Dragonball Evolution
1. The Last Airbender
This film is so bad that, allegedly, the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender told cast members of the original show not to go see the movie and pretend that it never happened. Even if you didn’t love the TV show, the grating 3D used in the film, mixed with the lack of action, and ridiculous amounts of exposition given as voice overs is enough to make anyone stop watching. Unlike other movies on the list, The Last Airbender didn’t have to worry about the changing times, or the loss of cast members. Everything was primed for this to work out, the only thing that stood in the way was the pompous and awful decision making of M. Night Shyamalan. This is a far cry from a bad rendition of a TV show, this is just bad.