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11 Crappiest Movies of Steve Zahn’s Career

By Agent Bedhead | Seriously Random Lists | August 1, 2012 | Comments ()


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Steve Zahn will never be an A-list actor, but who the hell cares? He's worked consistently for the past few decades, which is more than most guys in Hollywood can boast. While the characters he plays are often slackers, stoners, or otherwise complete dorks, he's done good work in a few gems, including Out of Sight, That Thing You Do!, and Rescue Dawn. Every so often, Zahn also gets to work against type in something terribly delicious like A Perfect Getaway, but for the most part, his talent is buried in a bunch of really crappy films. Here are the top eleven of them.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: This gimmicky, faux-journal series cannot end soon enough, although Zahn playing the inattentive father seems like an easy way to cash a check.

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Forces of Nature: This romcom features a bit of an offbeat style and Sandra Bullock at her witty best, but it's just too silly to fully enjoy as a story.

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Strange Wilderness: Zahn gets top billing here but it seems like he's merely sleepwalking instead of acting. Awful film too.

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Sahara: $78 in red ink is possibly the most entertaining aspect of this movie. Also, Zahn was sorely miscast as the muscular, Italian Al Giordino of the novels.

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Daddy Day Care: Do I really have to justify this one?

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National Security: Zahn really took an unnecessary figurative pounding from Martin Lawrence in this racist-not-racist "comedy."

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Chicken Little: In the words of my daughter, it looked creepy and wasn't very funny at all. She loves almost everything.

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Chelsea Walls: Ethan Hawke directed this pretentious mess. HAhahahaha.

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Employee of the Month: Hey, remember when Jessica Simpson was going to be a big movie star -- the next Julia Roberts or something? Yeah, that.

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The Object of My Affection: This formulaic romcom tried so hard to be charming but failed miserably. And with Paul Rudd involved, that's a very hard thing to do.

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Riding in Cars with Boys: It almost pains me to include this movie on the list since Zahn gave a pretty great dramatic performance here. The film itself though? Crap.

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  • Devin McMusters

    He was perfect in "Management".

  • Arran

    I dunno, I don't think a film being $78 in the red is that bad.

  • Bast

    Sahara was great, and Steve was so funny in Daddy Day Care. Haters will hate.

  • ronniedobbs

    Steve zahn is totally underappreciated. And Strange Wilderness is one of my all-time favorites because it's so fucking insanely ridiculous. There are some truly hilarious moments...like the laughing shark. And Jonah hill's song about his step family. And Ernest Borgnine was in it.

  • Johnnyboy

    Judging from the title above, Steve Zahn's been in exactly 11 movies.

  • kimk

    I can't really argue with any of these; sort of makes up for the abomination that was your Bale list a couple weeks ago. Of course, Zahn has way more shitty movies on his resume than Bale does....

    That said, love me some Steve Zahn - he would probably be #11 or 12 on my Pajiba 10 list. Also happy to see so much "Saving Silverman" support around these parts.

  • Archie Leach

    Who the hell is Steve Zahn?

  • Kirstini

    Phoebe's gay husband from Friends.

  • Xtacle Steve

    Steve Zahn went to my high school. Sadly, this is my proudest accomplishment thus far.

  • Jill

    Wasn't he also in You've Got Mail? If so, then hot damn, how is that not on this list?

  • twocharacters

    I think he was.

  • melissa82

    "My daughter's a whore!" barely remember the movie but I still yell that at my roommate when she comes home in the wee hours.

  • twocharacters

    Which movie is that from?

  • melissa82

    Riding in Cars with Boys - - Brittany Murphy's character yells it at Drew Barrymore's. (Drew's working up the courage to tell her mom she's preggo I think)

  • twocharacters

    Oh yeah. I remember that now. Thanks. =)

  • Nadine

    LOOK AT LITTLE TINY ELLE FANNING!

  • What kind of fucking phantasm is 'Strange Wilderness?!'
    No way is that shit real.

  • Anne Lucchesi

    I know, it looks like somebody was bored and spent all of six minutes knocking out a fake movie poster in Photoshop.

  • dahlia6

    Steve Zahn was the best thing about Sahara.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I have to say, I'm not sure I *like* Forces of Nature, but I respect it for not taking the easy way out, and having Affleck's character ditch his fiancee. And Bullock as a manic pixie dream girl is also interesting.

  • ljridley

    My boyfriend, who is wonderful in so many ways, will always watch Daddy Day Care. I have no explanation for it. If you ask him he gets all blustery and comes up with some excuse or other (usually having to do with Steve Zahn). But there is no excuse, is there? It is terrible and no amount of Steve Zahn can make up for the terrible.

  • anikitty

    Are there 11 good movies with Steve Zahn?

  • AudioSuede

    I have a friend who looks identical to Steve Zahn.

    ...That's really all I had to say.

    ....Kind of a waste of a comment, really.

  • Scottieboy

    Object of my Affection's lovely. Even Jennifer Aniston can't demolish it.

  • Miley's Virus

    You screwed up the blurb for "Forces of Nature", it should read as follows:
    This romcom features every possible gimmick a first-time writer could possibly vomit/crap out onto a page and hammers home the suck with terrible performances by lead players who, on their best days, achieve mediocrity.

  • OJ

    Bullock won an Oscar...

  • Fredo

    I must be the only life form who will sit and watch Sahara when TNT shows it late at night. It's idiotic and useless and yet, I watch it.

  • Same here. It's tailor-made for hangover cable viewing.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    No you're not.

  • I only think of Saving Silverman when I think of Steve Zahn. That movie is much better than it has any business being. I can't explain it. It just has a goofy charm about it, which is no small part due to Zahn and a slightly toned down Jack Black.

  • TheAggroCraig

    Jack Black as a secondary character generally leads to good things.

  • TheReinaG

    In what fucking world are we existing that Saving Silverman was apparently better than Riding in Cars With Boys?!

  • mairimba

    THANK YOU!

  • Hoof Hearted

    The "Employee of the Month" with Zahn in it was actually pretty decent, and I thought he was very good in it. His character was loathsome, and he really sold it.

  • Also, Zahn was sorely miscast as the muscular, Italian Al Giordino of the novels.

    Ha! You bookreaders, you. With your 'books'.

  • miked

    I was just waiting for you to put Saving Silverman on this list so I could pounce. You didn't, thank God. But for fucks sake, Sahara was a pretty fun movie.

  • Jezzer

    Saving Silverman was a steaming, cinematic shit heap of misogyny masquerading as comedy, and absolutely wasted Zahn and Jack Black, who at that point in his career hadn't yet become legitimately annoying.

  • Jill

    Me, too miked. I was ready to let the expletives fly. And now I feel happy and a little let down.
    I thought Zahn did a great job in that Barrymore/Murphy mess as well. Barrymore's "accent" however, made me want to get on plane, fly to LA and force her to listen to herself on repeat for 12 hours. It's pretty bad when you're "accent" is more annoying than Murphy's, may she rest in peace.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Saving Silverman is the greatest Neil Diamond cover band movie of all time.

  • Rocabarra

    Dammit Bedhead, just shut up about Sahara already!!! I will forgive this error, just this once, because you didn't put Joy Ride on the list, which is the role that made me fall in love with Steve Zahn.

    Oh wait, you put Strange Wilderness on the list. That entire movie is forgiven thanks to this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Bedhead, you're cut.

  • twocharacters

    I actually liked Strange Wilderness. I think. I haven't seen it in a while but I remember laughing.

  • AudioSuede

    Regardless of the rest of the comment, that clip is legitimately hilarious.

  • fribbley

    Oh my word I am dying over here. I had never seen that before, and that laughing shark business at the end killed me!

  • Puffmatty

    Wrong "Employee of the Month." The movie Zahn was in was with Matt Dillon and Christina Applegate, not Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook.

    So, I guess my question is do you actually watch the movies or just read the titles off of IMDB.com?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I was also wondering if she actually watches all of them...

  • I was wondering if Puffmatty was appropriately chagrined by his thorough knowledge of movies called Employee of the Month.

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