Tossin’ It Out There: Which Movies Are YOUR Guilty Pleasures?

The time has come.

The long-awaited Tossin’ It Out There topic that everyone dreads and loves at the same time.

Guilty Pleasures.

It’s a topic that has been suggested several times since we started these threads. I didn’t want to pull the trigger on it until the comfort level was there though. After all, they’re CALLED Guilty Pleasures because people feel GUILTY admitting they like them.

But the time has arrived. We all know each other well enough. Time to fess up. Which movies do YOU like, but don’t like to admit it.

I usually withhold my own answers until the threads are well established… but… seeing as someone needs to test the water for everyone, I’ll give an example myself.



D’oh God! Ok. It’s “Empire Records”. Ok? See? It’s not so hard.

I don’t care. Its got a bunch of hot young chicks and then they sing to “If You Want Blood (You Got It)” and the one little punk shoplifts and then rags on everyone and Robin Tunney shaves her head. What can I say?

You have yours, too. You know you do. So let’s hear ’em. And be considerate to others as best you can. No ragging on others until you’ve shared your own!

That said. Let’s hear it. Which movies are YOUR guilty pleasures? Cough ’em up.


145 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: Which Movies Are YOUR Guilty Pleasures?

  1. I don’t feel guilty about liking anything, however I do realize these next few films I like more than their actual quality.

    Heavy Metal
    The Devil’s Rejects
    Austin Powers 1 and 2
    The Punisher

    However, most of these films I recognize as genuinely good in some way or another.

  2. I secretly like Twilight, Edward Cullen is such the gentleman.
    Oh my god… I can’t believe I just said that. There, it’s out, alright?
    I’ll allow the intense mocking that will inevitably follow

  3. Three letters for you: UHF! (Badgers? We don’t need no stinking Badgers!) I am not usually one for zany scetch-comedies or Weird Al, but for some reason this movie has me in stitches every time I watch it. Maybe it’s just one of those movies that carries over from childhood.

  4. Seeing as I’ve been suggesting this topic since your 1st post here, I sure as hell better comment….. My guilty pleasure is Far and Away.

    I typically find it hard to watch any movie more than once; I get bored with them too fast, but I swear, whenever I find this one when channel surfing or see it listed the guide, I am compelled to watch it. And I don’t know why…

    I’m not a big fan of Tom Cruise; in fact, he annoys the hell out if me. Nothing against Nichole Kidman but again, not a huge fan. As for the film itself, it’s decent enough but I kind of see it as a love story with a heavy dose testosterone thrown in for good measure… and I dislike love stories. I never watch them.

    I’m sure plenty of people love the movie and won’t understand why I’m ashamed to admit that I do but that is precisely why it’s my guilty pleasure.

    • I think the people who KNOW you will realize why you feel guilty about it.

      You and that movie are just… incongruous. I can’t even imagine this is true. LOL. Like, I think you’re making it up.

      Missy Piggy says Twilight and I’m like, ok, I can see her liking that. You say “Far and Away” and I… my brain is rejecting the picture of you watching it. LOL!!

    • Its not really a guilty pleasure because I know you don’t feel guilty about it. In fact I think you’re kind of proud of the fact that you like it…and it only proves my theory that an irish brogue (even a fake one) can make anything more palateable

  5. Mine……Cruel Intentions. It’s trashy and wrong on so many levels and I don’t care, I love this movie. (I am sure anyone who knows me from work would be appalled) But that’s why it’s a guilty pleasure.

    • LOL.

      That would make a fantastic DVD cover blurb for that flick:

      “It’s trashy and wrong on so many levels and I don’t care,”

      It’s funny to me that Reese Witherspoon won an Academy Award and then in Cruel Intentions 2 Amy Adams is an Academy Award nominee now, too. LOL

    • I LOVE Cruel Intentions. But don’t think I’ve ever classed it as a guilty pleasure… maybe it should be. I just love it. Can’t get enough of it or it’s awesomely awesome mid-90s soundtrack.

  6. I do have another one…..but is embarrassingly bad………which I suppose qualifies it for this category. It’s one of those movies that i really don’t want to watch, but i’ll find it while I’m channel flipping…..and before I know it, I’ve watched the whole thing……again!

    I am ashamed to admit this. Bring It On: All or Nothing…..the one with Hayden Panettiere

    (Hangs head, and retreats to the corner)

    • Yeah.

      Anything in that series qualifies. Immediate approval of your “Guilty Pleasure” application.

      There is no truth to the rumor that I have watched that or any other film in that series. And I dont know who started it, either.

      • If you did catch a “glimpse” any of them……you can’t help it……..c’mon it’s cheerleaders……it’s a guy reflex….it does not reflect your personal movie code of ethics……You can no more be blamed for looking than you can for kicking when the doc hits your knee with a hammer. It’s okay. 🙂

        Me: I could have changed the channel…I chose not to….it’s not the same…hangs head again…..

  7. You know, the basic problem for me here is that “guilt” isn’t a feeling I’m on terribly good terms with… generally, if I like something, I’m completely unashamed of it.

    But, as close as I can get to the concept, anyway… I like the first and third live-action Transformers films. I don’t love ’em, and it’s solely because of the spectacle, but it’s an enjoyable spectacle.

    I think Titan A.E. is a better film than it was given credit for, and it’s too bad that it didn’t do particularly well, as Don Bluth — who I feel is under-appreciated as a whole — hasn’t really directed anything since.

    I know a lot of Disney fans think I should feel guilt about picking The Black Cauldron as one of my favorite Disney films, but I don’t. Still, I think it fits in the “spirit” here as one that a lot of people would argue about.

    And I’ll admit I liked the 1998 TV mini-series Merlin (with Sam Neill) enough that when it was released on DVD as a unified movie, I bought it.

  8. Alright Jack…where’s the gun this time? 🙂
    (Noticed you stated “pull the trigger on this one” in your introduction) hahaha

    guilty pleasures: Here go mine-

    Save the Last Dance, Cruel Intentions, Quarantine, First Knight, Daredevil, and Be Kind Rewind.

    That’s all your getting from me right now! haha. And yes…I own each of the ones on this list!

    • I can’t speak for anyone else, but I for one will cut you slack on Daredevil. I think that caught an awful lot of unfair flak due to just being “good” instead of “perfect”, or for casting Ben Affleck (who some people have a crazy mad-on for), or Michael Clarke Duncan (because some people think it was more important for the Kingpin to be white than for him to be a great big bastard.) I think it’s a fine movie, and you get absolution of guilt from me on it.

      Now, if you had said Elektra….

      • I can’t speak for anyone else, but I for one will cut you slack on Daredevil. I think that caught an awful lot of unfair flak due to just being “good” instead of “perfect”, or for casting Ben Affleck (who some people have a crazy mad-on for), or Michael Clarke Duncan (because some people think it was more important for the Kingpin to be white than for him to be a great big bastard.) I think it’s a fine movie, and you get absolution of guilt from me on it. Now, if you had said Elektra….

        I thought the typical “Ditto” or “What he said” wasn’t strong enough.

  9. I would have to go with an X-rated musical starring Anthony Newley called “Can Heironimus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness”. Then there’s “The Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes”.

    • I suspect you’ve made some of that up. Please, no need to prove me wrong if not.

      And man, it’s been awhile since I thought of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Seminal cheese classic!!

      • “Can Heironimus Merkin..” is an actual movie starring Anthony Newley, Joan Collins, and Milton Berle. Look it up on the imdb. Music and lyrics by Anthony Newly and Leslie Bricusse. It’s sort of Fellini meets Hugh Hefner.

  10. OMG, I love Empire Records. “Say no more mon amour!” LOL I still sing that song in my head once in awhile. These question that you ask of are pretty hard to answer.

    My guilty pleasure movie has to be Goonies. It always captures my ADHD mind.

    • OHHH CMON!!!

      THE GOONIES??!!

      I am not “hollering” because you should be ashamed… you’re just copping out!! THE GOONIES IS A GOOD MOVIE!! It’s a legit 80s classic… nothing to be GUILTY about!!


      Empire Records is though. The fact that you knew Rex Manning’s “Greatest Hit” proves to me you’re no poser. LOL. 😉

      • LOL. Thanks for backing me up, you guys….but I guess he is right. I am not ashamed of watching Goonies, so I should choose something that I’m ashamed of, but love watching.

        Okay, if this doesn’t count, I don’t know what will…Police Academy (all of them). I’m still sad that Bubba Smith passed away. RIP Hightower.

      • Ok… there you go. That’s a little more embarrassing, yeah.

        They’ve got kind of a cult following still… I know one of the guys over at Man I Love Films loves them. But yeah, the Police Academy movies were all really cheesy bad.

        Replacement accepted 😀

  11. My guilty pleasure has to be Rat Race! I watch this movie just because it makes me laugh. It is one of those quotable movies you talked about earlier. Silly, stupid, and sometimes funny.

    Rowen Atkinson “What a beautiful room, have you seen this room!”, Seth Green “I’m in it!”

  12. Not sure I have “guilty pleasure movies.” Like pgcooper said earlier, there aren’t any I feel guilty watching because I like them. I do own a few that the majority would call crap or awful.

    Cutthroat Island…call me crazy but after the 1st Pirates came out, I picked up a copy in the bargain bin at Walmart. I never thought it was that bad…pirates and treasure and all.

    Godzilla (with Matthew Broderick)…loved the old Godzilla movies when I was a kid and would sit through many a marathon when they played on cable. I’m not in love with this one, but thought it was worth buying years ago, again in the bargain bin.

    Airheads…maybe it’s because I have a degree in radio broadcasting that this one has been in my collection for probably 20 years now. (early 90s?) Always loved the line “The Lone Rangers? There are 3 of you, doesn’t really make you lone.”

  13. This took me awhile to even figure out if I had any, because truly and I feel horrible admitting it, I am a movie snob. So, I have come up w/ 3 total guilty pleasures: Bring It On, Coyote Ugly & Keeping the Faith (I saw each of them in the theatre 3 times & owned Coyote & KTF)! So, there ya go, a movie snob admits her deepest, darkest secrets (ooooh, I’m also a pizza snob, whole other story).

  14. I know Wedding Crashers isn’t really a guilty pleasure per se since it’s a generally liked comedy. However, I have literally seen that movie at least 50 or 60 times and still usually don’t miss a chance to see it when it makes it bi-monthly run on TBS ahah. It’s actually kind of embarrassing lol

    More of a guilty pleasure is 13 Going on 30 which I’m not even sure why I like 😉

  15. C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers), Ghoulies, Ghoulies II, and Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College.

    • Wow! I didnt even know they MADE Ghoulies 3! (Which you can take to mean I like the first two, LOL) I’m gonna have to be on the lookout!!

      And I know CHUD. LOL. Beeen awhile, but, oh yeah…. 😀

  16. Great question.

    Although I’m not fond of the term “guilty pleasure” I would probably consider some poorly received Adam Sandler films as guilty pleasures like Zohan and Just Go With It.

  17. Because it was so bad and so funny in ways completely unintentional I would have to begrudgingly admit Transformers 2 as one of my worst. Of course a recent watched addition called House Bunny may take the top spot on occasion! God I love a clueless Anna Faris!

  18. Guilty pleasures huh? I got 2, and I’ve taken a boat load of crap over the years for these, but yeah, I have a soft spot in my heart for the little white cigar-chompin’ duck called Howard. I think it’s a hilarious movie with a terrifically fun cast, especially the floorboard devouring Jeffery Jones and the absolutely adorable combo of Lea Thompson and Tim Robbins. Yup. Howard the Duck. I LIKE IT!

    The other is another comic book based movie which most seem eager to forget, but I am helpless before goofy spirit and sheer fun of “Tank Girl”. Lori Petty, be still my heart! Malcom McDowell slithering through his scenes… even a cameo by Iggy Pop! C’Mon! How can you not love this flick?

    OK, those are my secret shames… oh,yeah and “Point Break”. I got no defense there. lol

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