Recapping last week:

Blew it on 42 (Predicted: 46% Actual: 76%). I didn’t think it would resonate with critics because of some disconnect between subject matter and the PG-13 rating. Was definitely wrong there. More than three quarters of critics like what they saw, though like Cinema Blend’s Mack Rawden, few were blown away. The theme of many reviews was, “Nice enough. Good story, a little sappy.” One thing I’m kicking myself over here is while writing up 42 last week I kept thinking about Remember the Titans (73%). That movie took racially charged subject matter and turned it into an uplifting, often corny, entertaining movie. If I had used that as a baseline I’d be looking at a win right now.

Meanwhile, Scary Movie V (Predicted: 12% Actual: 6%) sucked. Basically I was just hoping to avoid a zero here. I went into this prediction with almost full confidence in the movie’s awfulness. With bottom of the barrel scores like this one, I’m always most interested in the critics who came out on the positive side (even if it was ever-so-slightly). Are they embarrassed? Do they contact Rotten Tomatoes and ask for a revision? Do they hang it on their office (living room) wall? If only I had some writers to ask.

Next time around we pump some iron and head to a big wedding. It’s going to be a Rotten Week!

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