Every year, a few dozen or so movies hit theaters and make a real connection with fans. They carve out their little niches and immediately enter a life of long-term relevance. Think Frozen or The Wolf Of Wall Street. No matter what happens, a large gang of fans will pop those films in and give them a re-watch, at least now and again for the next thirty years. They’ll never really leave the public consciousness completely. Reference "Let It Go" or the Quaaludes scene and a solid percentage of people will probably get it.
Unfortunately, beyond that relatively small group, there are hundreds of widely released films that don’t stick in our collective minds quite so well. Despite billions of dollars spent on advertising, memories of their existence become fuzzier and fuzzier by the year.
A few months back, we challenged Cinema Blend fans to come up with the names of 10 wide release 2008 films with a picture, a plot description, a cast list and an excerpt from a movie review. Since it’s now officially 2014, we decided to play the same game for 2009, except we’ve upped the number to 15 in order to add in a few more challenging tests for those who found the first quiz a little on the easier side.
Head over to YouTube and blast "Right Round" by Flo Rida, hide from the H1N1 Flu Virus and get re-shocked by Tiger Woods’ laundry list of mistresses, we’re turning the clock back to 2009. Here are 15 widely advertised, formerly famous films from a half decade ago. See how many of them you can recognize....
Round #1Release Date: December 18, 2009
Worldwide Box Office: $85,280,250
Stars: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elisabeth Moss
Plot: Pissed off at each other and separated, Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker witness a murder and are forced to enter the witness protection program. Not surprisingly, the Manhattan power couple doesn’t fare overly well in Wyoming. They spend most of the movie trying to allude a contract killer and get into a surprising number of skirmishes with wild animals.
Excerpt From Cinema Blend’s Review: You like to assume that no one sets out to make a mediocre movie, but with __________, its utter blandness and predictably seem to be precisely the effect the filmmakers were going for. You can anticipate every beat, every joke and Hugh Grant shrug, every time Sarah Jessica Parker will get all shrill and every time she'll gaze at him like Carrie Bradshaw at a pair of Manolos.
I know that bear looks familiar to you...