The Guilty Pleasures
We need to be clear from the beginning here. We’re not talking about bad movies you can admit you like. These are the movies you know you’re going to be teased for admitting you like it, and you don’t care. In fact, sometimes you mention you like the movie just so you can have a chance to see how people react to your confession. One of mine is Grandma’s Boy. I love the party scene, and the competitive guy obsessed with The Matrix cracks me up every time.
But then there are the guilty pleasures. We all have them. They come up in conversation, and no matter what you say, you feel bad about it. Did you praise it? You shouldn’t have; you know it’s a bad movie. Did you put it down? You shouldn’t have; you know you love it. I like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. I wish I didn’t. The movie really doesn’t have a lot of redeeming qualities, and yet I enjoy it immensely.
The difference between these two examples is that when I talk about Grandma’s Boy, I know I’m talking about a movie you probably haven’t seen. As of right now, only 29.37% of Flickchart users have admitted to seeing it, whereas 65.59% of us own up to having seen Talladega Nights. Grandma’s Boy has a higher winning percentage, though (33.44% of the time vs. 29.39%). Only half as many people have seen it, but those who have are more likely to pick it in a match. That means that those of us who are fans can justifiably feel like we’re in on something the rest of you know nothing about, which is fine with me.
It’s that high “seen” to low “won” ratio of Talladega Nights that reinforces its status as a Guilty Pleasure. Unlike Grandma’s Boy, too many of you have seen it for me to pass it off as a little movie you’ve never heard of that I’ve seen and liked. No, you’ve seen this one. And you know it’s bad, because you’re not picking it. All I can do here is choose between saying something good about it, knowing it’s bad, or saying something bad about it, knowing I like it. And that, my friends, is a guilty pleasure.
This post is part of our User Showcase series. You can find Travis as minlshaw on Flickchart. If you’re interested to submit your own story or article describing your thoughts about movies and Flickchart, read our original post for how to become a guest writer here on the Flickchart Blog.