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Fifty Shades of Gag: Peter Travers on February’s Worst Films

Rolling Stone’s movie critic takes on the BDSM romance and more in his monthly ‘Scum Bucket’ round-up

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It’s been a bitter, cold February and Rolling Stone‘s fearless movie critic Peter Travers has no residual love left over from Valentine’s Day for the 10 most terrible movies of the month.

Kicking off Travers list of February’s worst films is Old Fashioned, a faith-based love story that fogs windows not with sex, but lots of talk. Next, Spike Lee’s current slump continues with Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a flat remake of the 1973 horror film Ganja & Hess; meanwhile, Hugh Grant misses the mark with The Rewrite, a dull comedy in which he plays a floundering screenwriter.  

Also headed for his trusty scum bucket: Everly, a revenge thriller staring Salma Hayek that’s far too Quentin Tarantino-esque for its own good; Jupiter Ascending, the latest sci-fi epic from Matrix maestros Andy and Lana Wachowski; the redundant Hot Tub Time Machine 2; and Seventh Son, which cruelly reunites The Big Lebowski‘s Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore for a miserable, less-than-mediocre medieval tale. And while Will Smith and Margot Robbie’s sexy con artist gambit Focus seems perfect on paper, Travers says it’s not fooling anyone.

But none of these movies can compete with the torture that was February’s worst, and most viewed, movie: Fifty Shades of Grey. “They just remade Twilight!” Travers says of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson’s not-so scintillating S&M flick. “This movie is so not erotic, it’s the equivalent of an afternoon shopping exhibit at Pottery Barn. I hated it with a vengeance. Get me my whips — ok, I don’t have whips, but I do have my scum bucket.”

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