15 Movies That You Thought Were Dumb But Are Actually Next-Level Genius
From snakes on a plane to mummies on a boat, and even stepbrothers on a wild adventure, it's not that these movies are actually stupid. Just that they have stupid characters, stupid jokes, or stupid plots. Don’t be fooled! Sure, these “dumb” movies may not be deemed as highbrow as their peers, but that doesn't mean they don't have their own unique charm.
Because let's face it, sometimes we just need to let loose, grab some popcorn, and enjoy some mindless entertainment. Who cares if the plot is a bit ridiculous or the dialogue is a bit cheesy? These films have their own commendable qualities - to make us forget about our troubles and laugh our heads off! Cheers to the not-so-serious movies!
#1 Road House (1989)
Source: MGMRoad House can be summed up in two words: Patrick Swayze. Along with a blues band, a rowdy roadhouse, and plenty of dance floor brawls, this movie is a quintessential '80s blockbuster.
#2 M3gan (2023)
Source: Universal PicturesMove aside, Chucky. M3gan (2023) is the new doll on the block. With all the modern Barbie accessories and a robot arm, this blonde killer doll has more to offer than just sharp knives. She's a doll with a voice and a message.
#3 My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Source: HBOMy Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) is a silly yet charming film. Although there are a few moments of stupidity, the story of two lovers from different cultural backgrounds who see past their differences to find happiness won us over.
#4 The Mummy (1999)
Source: Universal PicturesA classic adventure movie that combines the best elements of Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia. Although there are some silly moments, such as the mummy needing to kill people to regain his powers, the movie acknowledges these flaws in a playful way.
#5 The Holiday (2006)
Source: Columbia PicturesThe Holiday is a heartwarming movie that provides a cozy escape for a couple of hours. With its delightful characters (except for the exes) and picturesque locations, the story of two women exchanging homes during the Christmas season has become a beloved 21st-century classic.
#6 Con Air (1997)
Source: Touchstone PicturesCon Air is a movie that revolves around a group of convicts being transported by airplane. It may have the most ridiculous plot on our list, as who in their right mind would put ten criminals on the same flight without any armed guards? Nevertheless, it's up to Nicolas Cage's character to save the day since he's the only one who can fight back.
#7 Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Source: New Line CinemaThe plot of Snakes on a Plane is hilariously dumb. It involves snakes taking over a plane that Samuel L. Jackson is guarding, and the movie is filled with lots of snake-related hijinks on the plane.
#8 Fast and Furious (2001)
Source: Universal PicturesFast and Furious, which started the trend of putting movie stars behind the wheel, features Vin Diesel and Paul Walker delivering their lines like classic action movie stars, complete with squinting and cheesy dialogue about cars, races, and "family."
#9 Rambo (1982)
#10 House (1977)
Source: The Criterion CollectionThe movie House is so crazy of a horror movie that it's difficult to determine if it's good, bad, or just plain silly. The mansion in the film is filled with talking bananas, flying cats, and a bizarre grandma.
#11 Hocus Pocus (1993)
Source: Walt Disney PicturesThe original Hocus Pocus film, released in 1993, is where the story began. The movie features an eight-year-old girl who moves into a new home only to discover that witches have taken over. While not the most original idea, it's still one of the best concepts in years.
#12 Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
Source: Sony PicturesKevin James playing a security guard taking down a group of terrorists is an entertaining concept. The humor in the film is good enough to overlook its dumbness, and the action scenes are engaging enough to make up for its slow pace. It even includes a scooter fight, making it all the more enjoyable.
#13 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)
Source: Sony PicturesIn 2019, Shaun the Sheep had their own movie where they befriend an alien from Mars and fly around in saucers. The film includes all the usual Shaun the Sheep elements that you would expect.
#14 Step Brothers (2008)
Source: Columbia PicturesWill Ferrell has many great comedy movies, but Step Brothers stands out with its clever commentary on family and popular culture references like the Catalina Wine Mixer and Shark Week, which don't actually exist.
#15 Escape from New York (1981)
Source: AVCO Embassy PicturesDespite its questionable premise, Escape from New York may be a good "bad" movie because it fully commits to its crazy plot. Kurt Russell plays a character named "Snake" who escapes from a prison called "New York," but the film's success comes from director John Carpenter's commitment to the story.