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question of the day: When was the last time you went to a summer blockbuster film even with the full knowledge said movie was going to suck?

Today’s question comes from reader Paul:

This came up between me and my friends waiting to watch The Last Airbender. This was late last night and a lot of the reviews and online complaints were in, so we knew it was going to be a pretty bad film. But it got us thinking: “When was the last time we went to a summer blockbuster film even with the full knowledge said movie was going to suck?”

Transformers 2 – word about how godawful it was had leaked too early for us – came up too quickly, so we made a disqualifier for that. I went back as far as the Americanized Godzilla film in 1998.

So: When was the last time you went to a summer blockbuster film even with the full knowledge said movie was going to suck?
If you’re actively looking to go see a bad movie that will entertain you with its awfulness — particularly if you’re in a position to riff on it with your friends without annoying fellow moviegoers (which I do not condone, of course; hey, some people still enjoy M. Night Shyamalan movies and want to hear his stilted dialogue!) then I cannot disrecommend (antirecommend?) The Last Airbender highly (lowly?) enough. Among other current North American releases, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is simply dreadful, in a way that invites lots of amusing ragging.

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