It’s the worst of the worst on At the Movies with Peter Travers as he takes us through the most unappealing movies of 2013 so far. Which film earned the dubious distinction of appearing at the very bottom of his Scum Bucket? Travers counts down the films in front of a popcorn-tossing live audience.
The countdown begins with a tie between Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, “which are the same movie,” says Travers of those two films about the destruction of the White House. Action movies come under fire with A Good Day to Die Hard. “It was terrible,” says Travers.
Gangster Squad, despite its star-studded cast, was another disappointment for Travers, who says it was “hideous beyond belief.” Identity Thief was particularly irksome, “a scum bucket movie that everyone went to go see,” says Travers. Powerhouse actors Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman couldn’t redeem that movie.
The runner-up for worst movie goes to Pain and Gain. “This is the first time where I’ve had a movie by this director where it hasn’t been Number One,” says Travers of the Michael Bay flick. “It was shallow, superficial, violent and inane. And there was no humanity.”
But the absolute worst of the worst is After Earth. “Hateful. This movie is so boring,” says Travers. After talking about the movie with Seth Rogen, who said he wants to see it because the critics hated it, Travers admits that some bad movies can be fun – but not this one: “This movie is just bad in a boring way.”