The Watch
Akiva Schaffer’s The Watch is a special entry on this list because the film is not disappointing so much as it is confounding. This is a movie with a lead cast that includes Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, not to mention a script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express, Superbad), but their abilities and talent is nowhere to be found here. Instead the entire runtime is filled with forced improv and about 20,000 dick jokes (seriously, I think if someone were to go back and count all of them we would have a new world record). On some level you do have to feel a bit sorry for The Watch, as it was pretty roughly screwed by the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent controversy surrounding neighborhood watch associations, but that’s not really an excuse for screwing up a sci-fi comedy this badly.

While reading this list you’ll discover that there are two different kinds of disappointing movies on this list. There are those that we were really excited to see but left us wanting, but also others that we just expected more from due to past experience. Brave falls into the latter category. Despite the hiccup that was Cars 2, we still see Pixar to be a haven for some of the most brilliant storytellers working in the movie industry today, and the sad truth is that their latest simply didn’t live up to our high expectations. The film is still a great work, and could easily be ranked as one of the most beautiful animated movies ever made, but the story is disappointingly simple and more Disney than Pixar in terms of creative spark (and Walt’s studio just made Brother Bear back in 2003). Let’s cross our fingers and hope that Monsters University puts everything back on the right path.

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