Even Hollywood has a sense of humor. Or at least they should, after being responsible for producing some of the worst movies of the year. That is where The Razzies come in, after 32 years they are still holding Hollywood accountable for the errors of their ways.
The Razzies were created in 1980 by John Wilson as a response to Hollywood’s other big awards show, the Academy Awards. Based on a community poll done both on and offline The Razzies chooses the worst films of the years and gives them the credit they deserve. In a mock ceremony Razzies are given out each year for Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Actor, Worst Screenplay and of course, Worst Picture of the Year. “It’s strange, we created The Razzies hoping that it would push Hollywood to create better movies,” said Wilson after last night’s ceremony “I think we can all assume by the show we just had that it hasn’t been working.”
While many films were nominated into each category this year it was Adam Sandler’s gender-bending Jack & Jill that swept the awards “winning” in every category, thus becoming the Ben Hur of bad cinema. No one else stood a chance last night, and that is saying a lot considering the other nominees. Also in the running was the epically painful Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star, also produced by Sandler, along with Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon, New Year’s Eve and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I.
To be fair, while things like New Years Eve and Transformers were bad, they were nothing like Sandler’s productions. “Bucky was a close contender this year and I honestly think it may have been a worse movie but less people saw it,” explained Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief of the movie review database Rotten Tomatoes. “That made all the difference. Sandler made sure everyone saw Jack & Jill, that’s why he won so many awards tonight, everyone that saw it wished they hadn’t.”
For those that don’t know, Jack & Jill tells the story of a Hollywood commercial director named Jack and his ultra-New York fraternal twin named Jill that comes to visit for Thanksgiving and refuses to leave. Both parts are played by Adam Sandler at his most annoying. The truly mind-blogging part is that he somehow convinced Oscar winner Al Pacino to have a starring role as Jill’s love interest in the film, earning him a Worst Supporting Actor nominee.
Here is the complete list of last night’s Razzie Award “winners”:
WORST PICTURE: Jack & Jill
WORST ACTOR: Adam Sandler, Jack & Jill
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Al Pacino, Jack & Jill
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: David Spade, Jack & Jill
WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE: The cast of Jack & Jill
WORST DIRECTOR: Dennis Dugan, Jack & Jill
WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL: Jack & Jill
WORST SCREEN COUPLE: Adam Sandler and Any of the Following: Katie Holmes, Al Pacino OR Adam Sandler, Jack & Jill
WORST SCREENPLAY: Jack & Jill (screenplay by Steve Koren & Adam Sandler, story by Ben Zook)