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Top 10 Movies You're Glad You Missed This Summer

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
These are the movies that likely made film critics reconsider their career choices. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Movies You’re Glad You Missed This Summer. For this list, we’re taking a look at movies released in summer 2018 that went generally unseen by audiences and for good reason.
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Top 10 Movies You're Glad You Missed This Summer


These are the movies that likely made film critics reconsider their career choices. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movies You’re Glad You Missed This Summer.

For this list, we’re taking a look at movies released in summer 2018 that went generally unseen by audiences and for good reason.

#10: “Darkest Minds” (2018)


Tell us if this sounds familiar: a bunch of teenagers with special abilities go on the run from the big bad government against a post-apocalyptic setting. Oh, and if that wasn’t blatant enough, the star of the movie is Amandla Stenberg, who also played Rue in “The Hunger Games.” This adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s hit novel doesn’t even try to hide the fact that it’s cashing in on the young adult craze. However, the studio apparently didn’t get the memo that this fad pretty much died out after the release of “Mockingjay – Part 2.” Even with a talented filmmaker like Jennifer Yuh Nelson, the film couldn’t bring anything new to this drawn-out genre, generating little interest from audiences.

#9: “Life of the Party” (2018)


Speaking of tired premises, “Life of the Party” stars Melissa McCarthy as a recently divorced woman who decides to finally get her college degree. We’ve seen this idea done before in numerous other movies and sitcoms. Granted, it’s not impossible to give a familiar set-up a fresh coat of paint, but this comedy doesn’t even bring a paintbrush. McCarthy and real-life husband Ben Falcone have natural chemistry whenever on-screen together, but the results are often underwhelming when Falcone directs his wife - and this film’s no exception. At least McCarthy is poised to make a comeback in the acclaimed “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which has a pretty ironic title the more we think about it.


#8: “Action Point” (2018)


On one hand, it’s not like “Action Point” was destined to be a cinematic masterpiece. It’s a gross-out Johnny Knoxville comedy after all. On the other hand, the “Jackass” movies were funnier and more creative than they had any right to be. The same can be said about “Bad Grandpa,” which scored an Oscar nomination for its makeup effects. So, as strange as it might sound, we actually have come to expect a certain level of quality from Knoxville. The fact that this film was inspired by a real New Jersey amusement park only added to the comedic possibilities. Alas, the stunts aren’t nearly inventive, cringe-worthy, or funny enough to leave a lasting impression.

#7: “Father of the Year” (2018)


“Father of the Year” is a comedy starring David Spade, produced by Happy Madison Productions, and distributed by Netflix. These three players previously took part in “The Ridiculous 6,” “The Do-Over,” and “Sandy Wexler,” all of which were maligned by critics. Even on that basis, “Father of the Year” managed to bring the bar down to a new low. Spade plays a drunken man-child who wants to do right by his son, but instead ruins both of their lives at every turn. He hits rock bottom upon challenging a fellow father, played by Nat Faxon, to a fight and lazy slapstick ensues. We’d say more, but a film this effortless doesn’t deserve an in-depth critique.

#6: “Overboard” (2018)


We can’t help but feel depressed almost every time Anna Faris stars in a new movie. That’s not to say Faris isn’t funny. On the contrary, she’s one of the most underrated comedic actresses in the business today. You wouldn’t know this based on comedies like “Overboard,” though. In this remake of the 1987 film that starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Faris plays a woman who takes advantage of a wealthy playboy with amnesia after he mistreats her. Will these two horrible people fall in love, despite spending most of the movie at each other’s throats? If you know the answer, there’s really not point in watching this unnecessary and mostly humorless shipwreck.

#5: “Gotti” (2018)


Talk about a major disappointment. This mobster drama follows the rise and fall of John Gotti, one of the most notorious crime bosses in American history. The project spent years in development hell with acting heavyweights like Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Chazz Palminteri all attached at one point. John Travolta eventually landed the role of Gotti, which seemed like an inspired casting choice at first, especially after seeing his physical transformation. Even with all of that buildup and potential, however, the final results were not only bad, but 0% on Rotten Tomatoes bad. Poorly written and riddled with clichés, the film fails to say anything interesting about Gotti’s complex nature, completely missing the point.

#4: “Slender Man” (2018)


Slender Man quickly evolved from an Internet meme into a modern-day boogeyman. So it makes sense that Hollywood would want to produce a major motion picture about this urban legend. Screen Gems didn’t exactly strike while the iron was hot, however, as Slender Man has been around for almost a decade now. In that timeframe, Slender Man has already popped up in various movies, TV shows, and video games. The creepypasta has thus become overexposed to the point that he’s honestly not very scary anymore. As a result, this supernatural horror film just comes off as stale and redundant, especially in a year that also brought us “A Quiet Place” and “Hereditary.”

#3: “Billionaire Boys Club” (2018)


It’s painfully obvious why nobody went to see this inevitable financial bomb. Despite featuring some prominent young actors like Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton, this biographical crime drama had the misfortune of casting Kevin Spacey in a supporting role. When the sexual misconduct accusations against Spacey erupted in 2017, “Billionaire Boys Clubs” had already wrapped up filming. Rather than enlisting Christopher Plummer to reshoot Spacey’s scenes, the studio decided to quietly release the movie on demand followed by a limited theatrical run. On its opening weekend, the film only grossed $618 domestically, the worst of Spacey’s career. Even if you ignore all the controversy, this is still a poor man’s “Wall Street” that’s instantly forgettable.

#2: “Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time?” (2018)


Following up the Razzie-winning “Hillary’s America,” Dinesh D'Souza is back to force more far-right propaganda down our throats with another documentary that actually makes Fox News look subtle. Once again, the filmmakers take their political beliefs to jaw-dropping extremes, comparing Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln and Democrats to the Nazi Party. What makes this so ironic is that the film plays out like a modern successor to “Triumph of the Will.” Whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, the arguments presented in “Death of a Nation” lack anything resembling common sense or historical accuracy. The end result is a special kind of awful, receiving a Metacritic rating of 1 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 0%.

#1: “Show Dogs” (2018)


Between “Turner & Hooch,” “K-9,” and “Top Dog,” there are one too many movies out there about cops who team up with pooches. “Show Dogs” didn’t exactly break the mold with its lame jokes, empty calorie action, and a premise so airheaded that you’d swear the screenplay was written by Odie from “Garfield.” It only managed to sink lower with an alleged child grooming plot point that was deemed so offensive that the studio recut the film. On top of that, Will Arnett acts opposite a bunch of talking dogs and the filmmakers didn’t even work in a Mr. Peanutbutter joke! This whole movie could’ve maybe been redeemed if it turned out to be a crossover episode.
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