Filmed in Atlantic City, the comedy is up for worst movie of the year
Boardwalk Empire has brought renewed interest in Atlantic City and has inspired numerous 1920s era events in the region. Both Resorts and Bally’s are incorporating Roaring Twenties themes into their marketing.
However, there is another movie that is partially set in Atlantic City that is bringing a different notoriety to our town. Nominations for the 31st Annual Razzie Awards were announced recently and The Bounty, a film that features major scenes filmed in Atlantic City, is up for multiple awards.
As noted on the Razzie Website, “2010 was a year when those obnoxious 'surcharges' for 3-D glasses boosted movie studios’ bottom lines, while actual attendance dropped once again. It was a year when most of what Hollywood released was either a remake, a reboot a re-imagining...or an outright rip-off. In other words, it was a banner year for one of Tinsel Town’s best-known award shows...the one that dis-honors Worst Achievements in Film.”
The Bounty is up for worst picture in competition with The Last Airbender, Sex and the City 2, Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Vampires Suck.
In addition, Gerald Butler is nominated for worst actor, Jennifer Aniston for worst actress (for both The Bounty Hunter and The Switch) and together they are nominated for worst screen couple/worst screen ensemble.
Voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation will announce “the “winners” in ceremonies at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30pm on Saturday, Feb. 26 – the now traditional night Before the Oscars.
Some performers have even been good sports and picked up their Razzies in person, including last year when Sandra Bullock earned a Razzie for her flop All About Steve, then picked up her Oscar for The Blind Side the next night.
Gerald Butler is known to be a good sport and I wouldn’t be shocked if he did the same assuming he wins.
There is no movie review this week because, frankly, the choices went from re-releases (Titanic 3D) to unappetizing sequels (American Reunion) to recycled ideas (Mirror Mirror). Go ahead and tell me it is my job to go see crap movies so I can tell my readers they are crap movies. Point taken.
Beyond the actual movie, it was fun to see Atlantic City on film again, including an AC Weekly box in one scene. I did like that the location scout for the movie must have shown director Andy Tennant the old advertisement for Irene’s Gifts. Long before the casinos, Irene’s was the place you shopped for T-shirts and beach gear and all the other sundries...
"It's always cool to see Atlantic City on the big screen."
Before we get to the good stuff next week, when I announce my best films of the year list, here are the 10 films that either disappointed me, were flat out awful or that frustrated me because they could have been better.