While much of the attention post-Oscars was dedicated to everything that went wrong with the telecast (predictable awards, a lazy Billy Crystal, the inclusion of movies that no one saw), the true indicator of all that is wrong with film, the Razzies – an annual award show dedicated to Hollywood's worst movies – was held this weekend on April Fools Day.
Adam Sandler was the big winner – or loser – on Sunday, winning 10 awards, or every prize awarded at the show. Sandler's most recent flick "Jack and Jill" – in which he played a brother and sister – won the Razzies' worst-picture award, and Sandler himself took the prizes for worst actor and worst actress.
In honor of the results, I've been thinking about the most truly memorable crappy movie cars, those that have a place in our hearts, if only because we'd never drive them. Here are my top three:
3) 1983 Ford LTD Country Squire, "Vacation" – The car that held the Griswolds' grandma may have turned heads when she was placed upright on the roof, but the Country Squire didn't need the extra help – just take a look at the awful pea green color scheme.
2) 1974 Dodge Tradesman, "Napoleon Dynamite" – Who could forget Kip – Napoleon's mustachioed older brother – testing the strength of Tupperware in this orange behemoth (Okay, if you did, here's a video). But, besides being just a terrible car, the Tradesman also served a purpose in the film, reminding the audience that the character of Uncle Rico was still stuck in the 70's.
1) 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis, "Uncle Buck" – Now, I may be partial to "Uncle Buck" as a movie due to my childhood, but I think this one stands the test of time – possessing almost no cool factor. The car is in need of a major overhaul – no shocks, terrible paint, CB antennas. More than any other movie car, it makes me want to look under my hood, just to make sure everything is in order.
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