In my mind there is no better amusement than a truly bad movie.

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 Last week, The Bounty Hunter came out on DVD. This PG-13 movie was not given many good reviews. Roger Ebert stated only the personalities of the lead actors, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, carry the movie.

 The plot is about Butler working as a bounty hunter who gets the assignment to bring in his ex-wife, newspaper reporter Anniston. She is currently working on a story about an unsolved murder which gets both of them deeper and deeper into trouble as well as back into love.

 But is it truly the worst so-bad-it’s-good type of movie?

 It is one thing to have poor performances and a cheesy script. What I love is a movie that goes all out despite all of these factors.

 My favorite truly bad movie is Barb Wire starring Pamela Anderson Lee and Victoria Rowell. It is a re-telling of Casablanca in a post-apocalyptic world. Lee does her best to be Rick and Rowell is a female Victor Laslow.

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 There are some great fight scene and truly over-wrought moments. Lee even gives us a good look at the assets that have made her famous. While there have been some truly bad movies made since then, this movie ranks as my personal highest. With the bit of nudity and salty language, it is no wonder that this movie has an R rating.

 We can argue if feminists would hate or love this movie, the rightness or wrongness of Lee’s outfits or her actions in the face of completely de-moralizing actions of others. But the explosions and fights along with the parting scene is enough to make me love this movie every time I watch it for the joy of its badness.

 Most people think that any movie made to be family-friendly must always be of lesser quality. I hate that thought and believe that this genre can be as well made as any other movie. However, there are some that one cannot ignore as being very bad although not so bad they are good.

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 Every time I see Son of the Mask being watched by my children, I cringe. Jaime Kennedy and Traylor Howard are the parents of a child who has the abilities of the Mask that we came to know in The Mask with Jim Carrey. However, this time Loki is looking for the mask.

 While this movie goes all out, I can not find enjoyment in the badness of it all. You have to be able to like or identify with one character to truly love a movie and I have never been able to do that with this one.

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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