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Theatrical Secret Shames

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | September 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | September 23, 2009 |

One of the most popular Guides we ever put together was our ode to Secret Shames. We’re not talking about guilty pleasures, like Showgirls, Wild Things, Starship Troopers, Roadhouse, or Cruel Intentions, which have gained a certain cult status, for which few would be embarrassed to admit a fondness. Secret Shames are beyond the pale — beyond guilty pleasures, Movies you honestly do not want to confess a love for in intelligent company.

Anyway, that Guide went on to collect over 600 comments, although I found many of the movies mentioned not all that embarrassing: Major League, Center Stage, The Cutting Edge? Really, that’s the worst you can do?

Nevertheless,I want to re-explore that topic today, with one huge qualifier. What is the last secret shame you saw in a theater. Something you probably knew would be horrible, yet you went anyway, only to discover that your initial fears were borne out. But, despite that, you enjoyed the hell out of it anyway. I’m also limiting choices to movies that were released in the last five years. In other words, I want to find the next Showgirls or Starship Troopers, a movie that is destined to be a secret shame cult classic.

I’ll start: Fired Up!

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