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11 Crappiest Movies of Matthew McConaughey’s Career

By Agent Bedhead | Seriously Random Lists | June 27, 2012 | Comments ()


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Alright, alright, alright. Matthew McConaughey never pretended to be an Oscar-bait actor, right? Oh wait .. he did. But honestly, aside from A Time to Kill, Contact, and Amistad, McConaughey said, "Fuck this. I'm taking my shirt off. In a lot of crappy films." Here are the top eleven of them:

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: Poor Charles Dickens. He never intended for his work to inspire crap like this.

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Fool's Gold: This is the movie where McConaughey attempts to remove more shirts than he ever wears. That's the entire fucking film, people.

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Surfer, Dude: This movie was, perhaps, the magnum (shirtless) opus of McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's marijuana-laced friendship. Good times, brah.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Next Generation: Make no mistake, Renee Zellweger and McConaughey both signed onto this crappy film for the exposure. Fortunately, both moved on to (briefly) better things.

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We Are Marshall: This movie was both heart-rending and possessed genuinely heartfelt performances by both Matthew Fox and McConaughey. Such a shame about the ending though.

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Failure to Launch: Sarah Jessica Parker and McConaughey both profited handsomely from this ultra-formulaic, crappy confection. Also, pay special attention to Matty's slanted posture in this poster, for it makes a bit more sense later...

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Sahara: $78 million of red ink? McConaughey as Dirk Pitt? Steve Zahn as the muscular, Italian Al Giordino of the novels? Pure crap.

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Two For the Money: This is yet another "thriller" that (regrettably) banks on the presence of the formerly great Al Pacino with his token male co-star de jour, with whom he (inevitably) shares absolutely no chemistry whatsoever.

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Reign of Fire: Yet another Uwe Boll masterpiece. Need I say more?

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The Wedding Planner: Behold, the rise of J-Lo and metrosexual McConaughey!

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Angels in the Outfield: Despite the presence of Tony Danza, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (!), and Adrian Brody (!), the film lacked authentic sports-like action, which was a grave mistake.

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And here's a little bonus number for you...

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: Don't even talk to me about the alleged "chemistry" between McConaughey and Kate Hudson. This was one crappy movie.

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  • Christopher Martinez

    Yea, Sahara and Reign of Fire had one thing going for it that most movies that are ranked good do not....they were fun to watch. Heck i will even throw in How to Lose a guy in 10 days, that was fairly funny and a easy watch. I am a fan of Matthew because he doesnt pretend to be something different and his movies tend to reflect that. Thats not a bad thing. Imagine if every movie that came out had the weight of Citizen Kane and had the commitment of The Godfather...would freakin suck, sometimes you want to see a ripped dude jump through silly hoops to make out with the half naked hot chick. Somewhere along the way one or more shirts get removed.

  • Tyler McPhail

    I'm glad TIptoes is on this list... wait....

  • dizzylucy

    He's the male Kate Hudson - a promising breakthrough performance, followed by years of utter crap.

  • DominaNefret

    I'm going to join those expressing their outrage at the inclusion of Angels in the Outfield.
    Young, cute, JGL? He set my heart a flutter in that.
    My brother used to watch that movie over and over again. He would seriously finish it then start it right over again. So I have probably seen it more times than any other movie, except maybe Ever After or Crocodile Dundee.

  • Jen

    Tiptoes is not on the list? Find another gig Bedhead this job is obviously too much for you to do correctly.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    Please correct this list by removing reign of fire and Sahara.

  • Ziggy Stardust

    Reign of Fire is a solid fucking movie, loved Christian Bale in it

  • I....I don't think there are any others left, are there?

    A Time to Kill, I guess. That's one.

  • erol nol

    also Frailty which was excellent

  • mona_sterling

    Also, there is the movie which contains his best performance to date-Dazed and Confused.

  • Keven

    This list makes me want to watch Reign of Fire again, because it's awesome.

  • Bert_McGurt

    "If looks could kill, he wouldn't need a chainsaw"
    If looks could kill, Renee Zellweger would be a mass murderer.

  • blackmarket

    Reading this list made me face the fact that I am one of the masses who enjoy Matty in stupid rom coms. I had not really come to terms with it, but am now ready to admit it. I will continue the multiple views of Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy and Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past. No more shame.

  • tracey

    I really liked How to Lose a Guy, Sahara, and Wedding Planner. I'm a little embarrassed!

  • I hated How to Lose a Guy... so much that it topped My Best Friend's Wedding for most hated "romantic comedy" ever - and that took some doing.

    On the other hand, Reign of Fire was crazy, fiery fun. Surely Matty boy has a worse film under his belt? Guess we'll find out, since we're about to see everything under his belt in a couple days.

  • Romeo Cranberry

    ok people, i think we have safely established that uwe boll did not direct reign of fire...let's put that one to bed and move on.

  • Rocabarra

    I really want to see Killer Joe in the hopes it will be a Frailty-esque performance from MM. Also, ditto what EVERY OTHER PERSON ON THE PLANET has said - Reign of Fire rules, Agent Bedhead drools.

  • KatSings

    I have a guilty love of The Wedding Planner, and a completely legit love of Angels in the Outfield. How that movie ended up on this list is beyond me.

  • nosio

    Angels in the Outfield? HOW DARE YOU.

  • e jerry powell

    At least the suckiness of most of these films is directly attributable to the star being deconstructed...

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Uwe Boll had NOTHING to do with Reign of Fire. Do some fucking research next time, Bedhead.

  • NateMan

    More important than the list of his bad movies incorrectly adding Sahara, is the neglect to include Frailty in MM's list of great movies. That movie was fantastic.

  • Rocabarra

    Yes. Yes yes yes.

  • damnitjanet

    You watch your dirty whore mouth about Reign of Fire and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days! The former has McConawhatsit, Bale, AND Butler....and DRAGONS THAT FUCKING BREATH FIRE AND WILL FUCK YOU UP!!! The later has a love fern. 'nuff said.

  • john

    He was in Angels in the Outfield? What?!?
    I absolutely cannot stand We Are Marshall. I thought it was a horrible movie with horrible acting. Are we really supposed to believe he was a football coach? Not happening.

  • Leia947

    Bite your tongue about The Wedding Planner! I hate Jennifer Lopez, but I love that movie! It has adorable German/Irish Justin Chambers as an adorable Italian in it!

  • Smiley7454

    Really no tiptoes?

  • Fool's Gold was exactly what it said on the can - pretty, shiny, lightweight. No hatred.

    Matt was a BOSS in Reign of Fire. And Dragons.

    And I am still shocked that he waited until now to do a stripper movie.

  • khaleesoy

    Am I the only one who thought Fool's Gold was actually fun?

  • Romeo Cranberry

    yes

  • Martin

    ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD?

    Good day to you sir.

  • BWeaves

    I keep reading that name as "Dirt Pit."

  • mona_sterling

    I was getting "Dirt Pick".

  • Samantha Klein

    I knew you were going to include it, but the question is, did you see it? I Netflixed Reign of Fire (Gerard Butler) under the assumption that yes, it would be crappy, but to my surprise, it actually wasn't that bad. Glad to see some love in the comments.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Sahara is a national treasure. I am not a MM fan, but My sister and I love to drink and watch that movie and enjoy it's uber ridiculousness. Favorite scene: MM pats the side of the lost confederate ship/sub that made it to Africa (because that makes perfect sense) and says "We got two feet of good wood here, we'll just hunker down and wait for the cavalry" immediately followed by bullets piercing said wood. Amazing. Also Steve Zahn can do no wrong.

  • ZombieNurse

    Word. I love this movie. The "Panama" scene alone is worth watching it!

  • NateMan

    I too love Sahara. Its sheer cheerfulness alone makes for an entertaining 90 minutes.

  • Leikans

    I believe you need to get your facts straight before you post these lists. Reign of Fire was directed by Rob Bowman(Directed the first X-Files movie) not by Uwe Boll.. Plus, this movie is awesome.

  • Reign of Fire = crazy Christian Bale.

    No Tiptoes? Gary Oldman playing the "role of his career" as a dwarf?

  • Mr_Grumpypants

    Yeah Tiptoes really needs to be added to this list for it to really be complete.

  • branded_redux

    Tiptoes... there just aren't words for that movie...

  • DarthCorleone

    You think we're going to complain about Reign Of Fire, huh? No, I thought it was pretty dumb, even if it does earn a few points for being one of the few movies that at least has dragons in it. For the record, though, it's not a Uwe Boll movie. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, on the other hand, was rather cute. The movie that rightfully should have been on this list that would have gotten people riled up is A Time To Kill.

  • io

    How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days is cute. To this day friends and I quote the "what do I look like some sort of crazy person?!" line...the throwing of the veggie platter is optional.

  • sarah

    I've only seen a few of these and I enjoyed them. Texas Chainsaw... soo bad but I love it. Failure to Launch, I don't know why but I watch it everytime it's on TBS. He was in Angels in the Outfield? I don't remember that but I remember I liked that one back in the day. The only one I've seen I didn't like was How to Lose a Guy in 10 days. Kate Hudson annoys me.

  • TheShitWizard

    I seem to remember sort of watching Failure to Launch about 8 times when stuck in bed in Egypt for four days with what could only have been dysentery, and that being the only fucking thing that was showing constantly on the movie channel. I still don't know if I'm remembering correctly, but isn't he hated by dolphins or something in it? This could be the dysentery talking...

  • mona_sterling

    Failure to Launch is pretty awful, but some part of me always wants to watch him cuss Sarah Jessica Parker while sitting in his Porsche.

  • Forbiddendonut

    Reign of Fire: Yet another Uwe Boll masterpiece.

    Uh... Nope. Uwe Boll did not direct Reign of Fire. Sorry.

    Reign of Fire is awesome.

  • Jezzer

    Alright, Bedhead, what's up? Are you contractually bound to be horribly wrong at least once in every list? ARE YOU TROLLING US?

    I AM ONTO YOU!

  • the Star Wars scene with Butler & Bale is pure genius

  • emmelemm

    Agreed. I love that scene beyond measure.

  • Matty

    For maximum effect, you need to watch Reign of Fire just as the sun is setting. The Golden Hour.

  • DarthBrookes

    I was questioning my whole ethos then, my reality, my mind! Checks IMDb... Thank GOD!

    Forbiddendonut is correct. On both counts.

  • mona_sterling

    THANK YOU. Schlocky cinematic awesomeness. As a bonus, Matthew was pretty damn hot in that movie, what with the bald head, beard, tattoos and whatnot. Also, Christian Bale and dragons.

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