Star-Studded Flops

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Guardians of the Galaxy has been an unprecedented success; opening to rave reviews and grossing nearly $600m worldwide. Being a part of the Marvel universe has helped the gross, as has the star-studded cast: Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Benicio del Toro and Dave Bautista to name but a few.

Star studded casts can significantly boost Box Office takings but, if the movie is dire it doesn’t matter how many famous faces are appear, people will not go and watch it. So, without further adieu, lets take a look at some famous star-studded flops.

Runner Runner (2013)

Notable stars: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie

Box Office Take: $62.7m

Blessed with an awesome trailer, there were plenty that got suckered into watching this 91 minute car crash. The idea itself was new and fresh, online gambling. The execution however, well the end product just looked spliced together. The Rotten Tomatoes give it a score of 9%, based on the average score of 113 reviews. As mentioned, an online gambling sort of scam would hold the interest of the viewers, sadly Runner Runner veers off into outlandish idiocracy – Affleck at one point feeds some enemies to the crocodiles. Runner Runner was a runaway disappointment.

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Town and Country (2001)

Notable Stars: Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Garry Shandling, Charlton Heston

Box Office Take: $10.37m

In terms of Hollywood royalty Warren Beatty is pretty near the throne, presumably being part of a rotation policy that also includes Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and Robert de Niro. Despite being in his 60s in the 1990s Beatty was still riding high, his 1998 movie Bulworth was well received, and then the millennium came, and with it, Town and Country. A film that is best described as obtuse and extremely boorish, it is diabolical and has no right being on the CV of someone with Beatty’s pedigree – no wonder he retired from movies after this disaster, he was probably too ashamed. There is just no real storyline to talk about, rather just self-interested, self-serving, nonsense. Nearly just as amazing is that Charlton Heston, of Ben Hur and The Planet of the Apes fame, manages to wind up in this.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

Notable Stars: Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin, Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Joe Pantoliano, Burt Young, John Cleese, Pam Grier

Box Office Take: $7.1m

No, no, no, no, no! Pluto Nash isn’t even worth the paper it is written on. The film was panned, and rightly so. The acting was poor, the humour was non-existent, the dialogue just didn’t work and the special effects, well they looked about 30 years behind the time. The LA Times classed this monstrosity as the 74th worst film of the previous decade – what makes that all the worse is that in the grand scheme of things… they have been generous.

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