Staff Picks 2018: Most Forgettable
We all know there are some movies we just wish we could forget (stay tuned for our Worst of the Year list). But sometimes our minds do the work for us, erasing certain films from our minds forever… that is, unless you dig back through the mental archives to craft a list like this. These are the most forgettable films of 2018.
I don’t remember seeing this movie. But when I looked back at the year’s releases I saw the title, and thought I remembered what had happened— but then realized I was thinking of the first Deadpool. In a year with Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity Wars, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, how are we expected to remember anything less than superhero perfection? —Emily Figueroa
January releases are known for being particularly forgettable, but the Clint Eastwood-directed true story of a failed terrorist attack had been marketed with much more promise. On the surface, this film feels much like those various Oscar-contenders released a just month earlier: a premise that typically appeals to the Academy, a gimmick to make it stand out (using the three real-life heroes as opposed to established actors), and an on-set visionary behind the camera with proven, and award-winning, experience. Unfortunately, the casting does the script no favors… or perhaps it’s the other way around. As incredibly pretentious and downright silly dialogue is delivered by actors who are much too timid and inexperienced, one’s ability to stay focused and engaged becomes a true test of will. While early release dates can sometimes contribute to a film’s “forgettability,” the sheer snooze-factor of the relatively short (94-minute) 15:17 to Paris is what makes it one of a few 2018 entries that will surely be lost to time. —Michael Murphy
A true story does not a memorable movie make. If you’ve ever watched an episode of I Shouldn’t Be Alive, or any one of the millions of survival TV shows out there, you know exactly how this shipwreck tale is going to pan out. Two perky adventurers set out on a boat. A storms hits. They’re stranded, seemingly hopeless...but wait— you get the gist. Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin are both talented actors (Shai even had the chops to make the standard, YA dystopian world of the Divergent franchise feel fresh), but even they can’t add much to this tired cliché. —Bessie Rubenstein
The most forgettable film of 2018 has to be The Spy Who Dumped Me. It centers around a woman (played by Mila Kunis) who discovers that her ex-boyfriend is a spy. As you might expect, the plot unfolds as she is inadvertently swept up into the action. There are a few funny scenes (Kate McKinnon is always hilarious), but nothing that really stands out. The Spy Who Dumped Me makes fun of the classic elements found in every spy movie, for example, the obscure Eastern European city setting, the over-sexualized women, and, of course, the frequent car chases. However, there was nothing truly unique about this spy comedy. I love the idea of a spoof on spy films, but this one felt too predictable. It was cute, and mildly entertaining, but it definitely isn’t worth seeing… at least not again. —Emma Steiner
Kristen Bell. Kelsey Grammer. Seth Rogen. All together in a Netflix movie. Ever heard of it? No? Well, same, until I watched it. Like Father is a 98-minute, inoffensive movie (rom-com?) about a father-daughter duo bonding on a cruise ship. Bell’s character also has a brief romantic encounter with Rogen (whose wife wrote and directed the film), but since their on-screen relationship is rather one-sided and unimportant to the plot, I have trouble calling it a rom-com on the whole. Either way, Like Father wastes its three funny leads, and ultimately feels like one of Netflix’s most middling films. They must have known it was a mixed bag because they did virtually no marketing for it at all. Let’s hope it stays lost at sea. —David Merkle
To check out our upcoming Staff Picks— Weirdest Movie, Worst Movie, and Cultural Movie of the Year— check the Staff Picks 2018 page under the Opinion tab!