Top 10 Movies You CAN Miss This Summer

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Script written by Nick Spake Save your money and see “Deadpool 2” again. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Movies You CAN Miss This Summer. For this list, we’re taking a look at films being released in the summer 2018 season that have already received a negative reception from critics and audiences, as well as ones that seem poised to perform poorly. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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Top 10 Movies You CAN Miss This Summer


Save your money and see “Deadpool 2” again. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movies You CAN Miss This Summer.

For this list, we’re taking a look at films being released in the summer 2018 season that have already received a negative reception from critics and audiences, as well as ones that seem poised to perform poorly. While we’d like to think that at least one of the films on this list might take us by surprise, we’re willing to wager they’re all bombs ready to go off.

#10: “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” (2018)

From “Room” to “Moonlight,” indie entertainment company A24 has been attached to some of the past decade’s best films, but this quirky sci-fi comedy sadly isn’t one of them. Based on a short story by Neil Gaiman, the film centers on a fish out of water romance between a rebellious alien and punk rock human. The cast, which includes Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, and Nicole Kidman, gives it their all and director John Cameron Mitchell exhibits his signature inventive sense of style. Nevertheless, the plot is all over place, making it hard to connect with any of the characters or themes. Just because a film is creative and weird doesn’t automatically make it entertaining.

#9: “Overboard” (2018)

It’s been argued that Hollywood should remake bad movies rather than good movies. Even by that logic, though, who honestly thought an “Overboard” remake would be worthwhile? The original 1987 film centers on a spoiled aristocrat who gets amnesia and an employee who sees this as an opportunity to exact revenge. This remake follows the same formula, albeit with a gender swap and more diverse cast. The new version doesn’t do much to improve upon this premise, which could probably work in a half-hour sitcom but gets tired fairly quickly at feature length. The one saving grace is Anna Faris, who always turns in 100% even when the film itself is giving less than 50%.

#8: “Replicas” (2018)

It’s hard to watch the trailer for “Replicas” without rolling one’s eyes. For starters, Keanu Reeves is a biologist? Give us a break! Then there’s the movie’s setup, which is about a man who tries to resurrect his family through the miracle of science. Now we’re just going to take a wild guess and say that the moral of the story is that you can’t cheat death or play god without dire consequences. To be fair, just because a movie’s premise is clichéd doesn’t mean it has to be executed poorly. Based on the stilted acting and melodramatic tone in the previews, though, this project seems like a poor imitation of better sci-fi movies.

#7: “Duck Duck Goose” (2018)

Between “Incredibles 2” and “Hotel Transylvania 3,” we can expect a profitable summer for the animated movie market. However, parents everywhere are likely keeping their fingers crossed that the kiddies don’t drag them to see “Duck Duck Goose.” As if the title wasn’t uninspired and lame enough, here’s the premise. Jim Gaffigan voices Peng, a loner gander who reluctantly teams up with a couple ducklings on a voyage south. Will our protagonist learn the value of friendship and family, influencing him to change his selfish ways? Is the trailer for this movie primarily comprised of bad bird puns and butt jokes? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding, “meh, just skip it.”

#6: “Alpha” (2018)

After a stampede of CGI bison separate a young man from his family, he must trek through a brutal Ice Age. Along the way, he tames and befriends a wild wolf. Gee, we haven’t seen anything like this before… except for “Life of Pi,” “The Revenant,” and every movie ever made about a boy and his dog. Although “Alpha” is being categorized as a historical period drama, the so-called “history” sounds about as accurate as “10,000 BC.” The trailer builds the film up as an epic, telling the audience to “witness the origin of the relationship that changed our world forever.” How can we take this material seriously, though, when the poster looks like this?


#5: “Future World” (2018)

On the heels of winning a Golden Globe for “The Disaster Artist,” James Franco found himself at the center of a sexual misconduct scandal. While it’s difficult to say what the future holds for Franco, it’s safe to assume that this apocalyptic action flick isn’t going to help his career. Franco not only co-directed “Future World,” but also stars as a warlord who specializes in chewing scenery. We get the impression that Franco and company were aiming to make a gritty B-movie where the audience is required to check their brain out at the front door. Even if you go in with that mentality, however, it just comes off as a poor man’s “Mad Max.”

#4: “Life of the Party” (2018)

Melissa McCarthy has proven time after time that she’s one of our most gifted comedic stars… when given solid material. Her talents were underutilized in films like “Tammy” and “The Boss,” both of which were directed by Ben Falcone, her real-life husband. Falcone and McCarthy reteam once more for “Life of the Party,” a comedy that unfortunately falls short yet again. In addition to McCarthy, the film also squanders the likes of Gillian Jabobs, Maya Rudolph, and various others. McCarthy plays a middle-aged mother who goes back to college as her daughter enters her senior year. Aside from providing few laughs, the plot rips off everything from “Back to School” to “An Extremely Goofy Movie.”

#3: “Terminal” (2018)

Fresh off an Oscar nomination for “I, Tonya,” Margot Robbie has officially secured her status as a bona fide A-lister. Alas, not even her charisma and charm could save this stinker. A film that’s all style and no substance, “Terminal” is a bizarre mashup of different ideas that simply don’t mesh well together. While the sets and cinematography are sure to entice anybody who appreciates neo-noir, the film can never decide whether it’s supposed to be a cheeky satire or a legit thriller. The only thing more confused than the movie’s tone is some of the casting choices. We love Simon Pegg and Mike Myers, but their unique talents feel misplaced in this unpleasant mess.

#2: “Breaking In” (2018)

Every once and a while, a movie comes along that clearly would’ve been better suited for the Lifetime channel, but somehow managed to get a theatrical release. While the blameless Gabrielle Union actually received some pretty strong reviews for her performance here, the praise ended there. The leading lady aside, “Breaking In” was heavily criticized for its laughable dialog, recycled plot, and zero subtlety. We guess there’s at least a positive message about female empowerment and motherhood at its core, but there are so many better girl power movies you could be watching instead. Between “You’re Next” and “Panic Room,” there are also plenty of other home invasion thrillers to choose from.

1: “Show Dogs” (2018)

Will Arnett, what are you doing in this movie? We all know that you can be hilarious and there a dozen projects that would benefit from your comedic chops. So why sign up for a talking dog movie from the same director who brought us “Beverly Hills Chihuahua?” Whatever Arnett’s mindset was, we have a feeling that he spent a good portion of this shoot thinking to himself, “I’ve made a huge mistake.” This buddy cop movie is a bit like “Turner & Hooch” meets “Miss Congeniality,” which is about as stupid as it sounds. It doesn’t help that one scene was accused of grooming children for sexual abuse. Seriously, who was this movie made for?
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