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11 Crappiest Movies of Paul Giamatti’s Career

By Agent Bedhead | Seriously Random Lists | June 13, 2012 | Comments ()


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Paul Giamatti is an outstanding character actor -- for that there is no doubt. Unfortunately, he's also signed onto many crappy movies. Here are the top eleven of them.

Big Momma's House: This was a juvenile, misogynistic, and racist movie that functions as sort of a precursor to Tyler Perry's works of "genius."

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Duets: Sure Giamatti basically ruled this movie and made it somewhat interesting for his own participation, but the plot was nonexistent. And Gwyneth Paltrow singing? Minus 1000 points.

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Big Fat Liar: Hey, remember when Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes were box-office draws? Me neither.

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Paycheck: The obvious remark here is that everyone tied to this movie was in it ... for the paycheck.

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Lady in the Water: Here stands yet another disappointment from the M. Night Shyamalan School of Filmmaking.

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The Nanny Diaries: Just because the book was a bestseller doesn't mean that people will want to watch a movie about Scarlett Johansson as a frustrated child care worker. Man, what was the Weinstein Co. thinking with this mess?

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Shoot 'Em Up: Yeah, I'm going to catch hell for including this one on the list. Even though this was an enjoyable movie, it was crappy as hell.

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Duplicity: At least this movie signaled the official end to the Rise of Julia Roberts.

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The Hangover Part II: This movie was crappy because it was exactly like the first movie.

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Man on the Moon: Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman = Overrated and crappy.

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Fred Claus: Even if you haven't seen this movie (and I wish I hadn't), can't you just tell by the look in Giamatti's face in the poster that it's something not worth experiencing?

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  • NoPantsMcLane

    Man on the Moon is a great film.

  • Kelly

    I refuse to accept that he was in Big Momma's House. In fact, I've so thoroughly scrubbed it from memory, I had to scroll up to get the name of the movie that never existed.

  • manting

    Thanks for mentioning Orson Wells so now I can say:
    His final role was the voice of GALVATRON (think transformer galactus) from the one and only animated Transformers: The Movie
    another fun fact the recurring song from transformers: the movie "You've got the Touch," is indeed the same song Dirk Diggler and friends record in Boogie nights.

  • Burtons Planet of the Apes was total crap

  • Hey, remember when Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes were box-office draws? Me neither.
    Er, weren't they movies for Tweens? What were you expecting? Mr & Mrs Smith Go To Hollywood?

    And I rather liked Man in the Moon, too. (Admitedly I watched it on a plane, 22 hours into a 36 hour journey)

  • idiosynchronic

    If we're going to really provoke some fights, let's just add American Splendor to the list and pass out the trench knives.

  • Jeremy Carrier

    Shoot Em Up? Turn in your balls, Agent. Good luck in your future endeveours.

  • Jezzer

    Lady in the Water might have been a terrible movie, but it was an awesome movie poster.

  • Oh my good golly godforsaken god, Lady in the fuckpuddle Water! That piece of absolute reject toss was foisted on me once while I was hungover in Spain. I had no idea what the people I used to call my 'friends' were putting on, but when I asked what it was about and they said, '...Giamatti's in it,' I naturally had to assent, and actually fairly enthusiastically at that. 2 hours, or 12,000 years and several crack addictions later, I emerged, blinking into the sunlight and swore never, ever to watch a film or post on a film blog again. Obviously I've done both since then, but that's only a testament to the absolutely horrific work that that film did on my soul - it cleaved it in two; one half festered and rotted and the other half limped on. As much as I love Giamatti, I'll never be able to fully forgive the hamster-cheeked, bug-eyed genius for that particular number.

  • HMDK

    Fuckin' agreed! That movie was like watching someone suck himself off.
    An impressive feat, no doubt, but why would he need an audience for it?
    And anyone who felt moved by it, well... Hallmark is in easy business for a reason, I guess.

  • I kinda liked Big Fat Liar when it came out. It was stupid but cute. That's the only one on the list that I've seen.

  • DarthCorleone

    I didn't expect this list to possibly have anything provoked vehement disagreement. Perhaps the most overwritten movie in history: Lady In The Water. Check. Silly Big Fat Liar that I can't believe I've actually seen. Check.

    But Man On The Moon? Seriously? It is a great film and probably the best movie ever included on one of your crappiest movies lists.

  • Ender

    Yep

  • George Fisher

    Fred Clause wasn't really all that bad....../runs and hides.

  • PDamian

    I realize I'm the only person on the planet who feels this way, so go ahead and hate. But I rather liked Lady in the Water -- so much, in fact, that I bought the DVD and watch it again from time to time. No accounting for taste, I guess.

  • You're not alone. I have a lot of affection for Lady in the Water. I think the ensemble's great and Giamatti's great in it. Can I also confess that it makes me cry at the end? Because it does, despite the self-indulgent film critic being devoured and the overt themes. Damnit, it's effective filmmaking.

  • Thanks for Duplicity (couldn't stand it, far too cute for its own good), but Shoot 'Em Up? One of the best action comedies ever made.

  • Miriam Kumari

    He was also in Thunderpants. One of the worst films ever made.

  • AudioSuede

    Fucking Thunderpants, man. They lined that fat kid up in front of a firing squad because his farts killed an opera singer!

  • Man on the Moon is the one "serious" Jim Carrey performance where I don't actively root against his character. I don't think it's a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. You also skipped the 2001 Planet of the Apes remake, Robots, and Cinderella Man. Any of those belong on this list before Man on the Moon and Shoot'em Up

  • Oh yes, Planet of the Apes! My friend stood up at the end and shouted 'NO' in disgust at the screen. Funniest thing I've ever seen, but so sad that Burton pushed him to the edge.

  • Gigi

    Was Paul Giammati bad in Man on the Moon? I can assume Jim Carrey was annoying as anything. Yeah, I never saw Man on the Moon, my aversion to Jim Carrey notwithstanding (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was well made despite him being it though).

  • No, not so much that Giamatti was bad, more that the movie was a very transparent ploy for a Carrey Oscar nomination. The list speaks more to the quality of the film than to Giamatti's performance.

  • ...racist movie that functions as sort of a precursor to Tyler Perry’s works of “genius.”

    Only in the sense that Lawrence's film was released first. Perry's source material was already out there.

  • Laura

    Hangover II was exactly like the first, but I still laughed out loud several times.

  • HerGuyWednesday

    Man on the Moon is great.

  • Martin

    But Fred Claus gave us one of Jean Ralphio's best quotes.

  • space_oddity

    Did Laura Linney get plastic surgery?

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Paycheck!

    No... I mean he is getting a paycheck...

    These (...Crappiest Movies...) always remind me of the Orson Wells Paul Mason commercial outtakes.

  • Jason

    Laura Linney is nearly unrecognizable on that "Nanny Diaries" poster

  • space_oddity

    I really should scroll down through the comments before I post.

  • schrome

    You can have them all except Shoot em Up. It didn't try to be anything else than a ridiculous action movie. Paul is pretty good in it too.

  • HMDK

    Yes, it didn't try to be anything more.
    How is that an excuse or a recommendation?
    Sure, as shitty action flicks go, it ain't that poo-covered, it's effective. But still it's just a nothing shrug of a movie.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Ridiculous does not mean bad. Shoot'em Up is a tight, fast and fun action movie with great performances by Owen and Giamatti. It isn't realistic (therefore ridiculous), but so is Crank.

  • HMDK

    True.
    And that doesn't really change he point.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    No? By that definition, it's not shitty (nor is Crank).

  • HMDK

    Okay, you win: they're just nothing.

    Seriously, I don't hate these movies. At all,
    They're just... there. Sometimes a little funny, sometimes just a waste. They're really not worth this much discussion,

  • schrome

    From now on, if I am on the fence on something I will refer to it as "not that poo-covered." I love that

  • KatSings

    I love Shoot 'Em Up. But it is terrible, that's a truth. So much fun, but terrible. And Duplicity...oh Duplicity. I worked on that film and really wanted it to be better. Worth it for Clive Owen smiling at me and a paycheck, but that movie really missed the mark.

  • BAM

    I could've sworn I've seen Paul G in like 100 terrible movies, not just 11.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Shoot Em Up was fun as hell, FU for that.

    And the Hangover was not at all like the first one. The first one was funny.

  • *straightens tie, clears throat* SHOOT 'EM UP IS A CINEMATIC MASTERPIECE.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Exactly.

  • Groundloop

    Absolutely goddamn right. Any movie that has a death by carrot that doesn't feature that weird ass bunny from Donnie Darko is not to be trifled with.

  • John G.

    Oh sure, if you need a fat, bald loser, get Paul Giamatti <------- James Adomian's impression of Giamatti on comedy bang bang.

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