Movies and TV Shows I saw for the most absurd reasons

by Ddey65 | created - 13 Jan 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

An incomplete and disordered list odd reasons I ever bothered to see one movie or another. Often this has no bearing on the quality of a movie or television show.

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1. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 36,818 | Gross: $52.28M

Strictly to see a ex-castmember of Daria in a live-action role, in this case the on-screen debut of Sarah Drew who voiced Stacy Rowe, and other minor characters.

2. 101 Ways (The Things a Girl Will Do to Keep Her Volvo) (2000)

100 min | Comedy

101 Ways (the things a girl will do to keep her Volvo) chronicles the epic adventures of Watson (Wendy Hoopes), a struggling young writer who moves to the quiet suburbs to write her first ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer B. Katz | Stars: Wendy Hoopes, Jayce Bartok, Rick Bean, P.J. Brown

Votes: 131

Like "Radio," it was to see a Daria voice actor/actress in a live-action role. Wendy Hoopes has been in other live-action flicks and has had guest appearences on TV shows before.

3. Super Troopers (2001)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

48 Metascore

Five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, try to save their jobs and out-do the local police department by solving a crime.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, André Vippolis, Joey Kern

Votes: 92,284 | Gross: $18.49M

As with Radio, it's to track down ex-Daria voice actors. This time it's Geoffrey Arend, who inherited the voice of Upchuck from Marc Thompson.

4. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

95 Metascore

As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 579,629 | Gross: $96.96M

The chance to see Brenda Song in a non-family friendly role, and she's quite non-family friendly here. The long-awaited "Boogie Town" has yet to be released as of this writing.

5. Henry Fool (1997)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talentless novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Hartley | Stars: Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey, Maria Porter

Votes: 6,625 | Gross: $1.34M

Christy Carlson Romano outside of the Disney Universe, although you have to wait a while to look for that. The fact that it's an indie flick, made by a man who is known for making movies that take place on Long Island has never been enough for me.

6. Vengeance Unlimited (1998–1999)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The mysterious Mr. Chapel helps others to gain vengeance against criminals.

Stars: Kathleen York, Michael Madsen, Scott Patterson, Dayton Callie

Votes: 948

Specifically one episode that contains Senta Moses at a time when she was still known for being on the kids show "Beakman's World," and another featuring Jerry Mathers as somebody other than Beaver Cleaver.

7. Two Girls and a Guy (1997)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

2 girls wait outside a young actor's door and find out he's had them both as "only" girlfriend the last 10 months. They wait inside after breaking in. When Blake comes home he just can't stop lying but they stay.

Director: James Toback | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Angel David

Votes: 6,618 | Gross: $1.95M

For no other purpose than to hear the sweet voice of ex-Velocity Girl lead singer Sarah Shannon covering a song that's played throughout the movie.

8. The Virginity Hit (2010)

R | 86 min | Comedy

40 Metascore

Four guys, one camera, and their experience chronicling the exhilarating and terrifying rite of passage: losing your virginity. As these guys help their buddy get laid, they'll have to ... See full summary »

Directors: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland | Stars: Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Krysta Rodriguez, Jacob Davich

Votes: 3,719 | Gross: $0.54M

Another attempt to see an actor on a kid's show in a less than family-friendly role. As you can guess it's Victorious' Matt Bennett as the last virgin among a group of high school friends. Somewhat of a happier ending than the 1981 teenexploitation flick "The Last American Virgin."

9. 976-EVIL (1988)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror

People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

Director: Robert Englund | Stars: Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O'Bryan, Sandy Dennis, Jim Metzler

Votes: 4,401 | Gross: $2.96M

To fulfill my mid-1990's fascination with the late Sandy Dennis, despite the fact that the plot was lifted from "Evilspeak."

10. Parents (1989)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky

Votes: 5,890 | Gross: $0.87M

Also to fulfill my mid-1990's fascination with Sandy Dennis. This was no masterpiece, but it was way better than 976-EVIL.

11. When Do We Eat? (2005)

R | 86 min | Comedy

37 Metascore

A family's Passover gets screwy after the patriarch unknowingly ingests a hit of Ecstasy.

Director: Salvador Litvak | Stars: Lesley Ann Warren, Michael Lerner, Shiri Appleby, Jack Klugman

Votes: 1,373 | Gross: $0.43M

Two reasons I even bothered to see this; 1)Lizzie McGuire's Adam Lamberg in some non-kiddie fare, and 2)The brief appearence of Victoria Justice in a flashback scene. Blink, and you'll miss her.

12. For Those Who Think Young (1964)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy

A wealthy young man tries to woo a university student, while her two uncles work to popularize a local club.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde, Tina Louise

Votes: 350

Just to capture an image of that George Barris-customized Buick Riviera and submit it to the Internet Movie Cars Database, something I had to struggle to do.

13. The Jerk Theory (2009)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

The lead singer/guitarist of a high school rock band openly and unapologetically proclaims himself a newly converted jerk; however, the right girl comes along who could change him back to his former sweet self.

Director: Scott S. Anderson | Stars: Josh Henderson, Jenna Dewan, Lauren Storm, Derek Lee Nixon

Votes: 3,515

Tried to find Ashley Leggat in this movie, but I never noticed her... or at least I thought I saw her a couple of times. According to IMDb, she played somebody named "Britney."

14. Trust Me (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him.

Director: Clark Gregg | Stars: Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy

Votes: 3,132

“An online video of a failed audition by "A.N.T. Farm's" Sierra McCormick for the role that ultimately went to Saxon Sharbino got me interested in this.”

15. Get Yourself a College Girl (1964)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Music

A college co-ed tries to balance her time writing songs and dealing with her publisher who tries to pursue her.

Director: Sidney Miller | Stars: Mary Ann Mobley, Joan O'Brien, Nancy Sinatra, Chris Noel

Votes: 315

Like "For Those Who Think Young" it was simply to capture some shuttle buses used to bring some kids to the ski lodge (and any other vehicles) for IMCDb. Sadly, there wasn't much else in the way of vehicles.

16. Rock: It's Your Decision (1982 Video)

Not Rated | 52 min | Drama

The parents of a young man force him to go without rock music for thirty days, and as a result, he discovers how rock music is a tool of Satan to control people.

Director: John Taylor | Stars: Ty Taylor, Laura Branscum, Steve Wedan, Glenn Williams

Votes: 235

Brad Jones gave this movie a well-deserved online trashing, but I had to sit through this piece of crap just to capture some vehicles for IMCDb. Unfortunately the only one worth adding, was the '71 Ford Maverick sedan being driven by the main character.

17. Made... The Movie (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

A teenage misfit longs to be a cheerleader, so her athletic brother persuades his girlfriend to show her the tricks of the trade.

Director: Samir Rehem | Stars: Cyrina Fiallo, Rachel Skarsten, Ashley Leggat, Brett Dier

Votes: 250

Were it not for the presence of Cyrina Fiallo, I probably wouldn't even bother with this loose offshoot of the MTV "reality" series. Ashley Leggat makes it a little more worthwhile too.

18. Mr. Stache (2011)

PG | 10 min | Short, Comedy

A romantic comedy starring Amy Smart and Rich Sommer that proves it's what you are on the inside that matters most. Winner of the 2010 My Movie Pitch contest presented by American Express and a 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Short Film.

Director: Jac Schaeffer | Stars: Kali Rocha, Rich Sommer, Amy Smart, William Ngo

Votes: 80

Only because Kali Rocha narrated the movie, but it was well-worth it.

19. Bottle Rocket (1996)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, Shea Fowler

Votes: 65,369 | Gross: $0.56M

Only to find out why this movie has such a big hipster cult following. So far I still can't figure it out.

20. The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, History

A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen

Votes: 33,641 | Gross: $7.34M

If you had asked me why I would've considered seeing this in and around 1996, it would've been for Winona Ryder. These days, it was for Kali Rocha.

21. Pitch Perfect (2012)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

66 Metascore

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Votes: 261,733 | Gross: $65.00M

It took me a while to get into this movie, and I'd like to say it was for Anna Kendrick, but something else about it appealed to me, and I can't think of what it is.

22. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

PG-13 | 115 min | Comedy, Music

63 Metascore

After a humiliating command performance at The Kennedy Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.

Director: Elizabeth Banks | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow

Votes: 133,689 | Gross: $184.30M

It took me a while to get into the first movie, and I missed the chance to see the second, but you know, Anna Kendrick and all.

23. Confessions of an Action Star (2005)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Musical

In the spring of 1986, no one had heard of Frank Sledge. One year later, Bloodfight 2 was #1 at the box office... And a star was born.

Director: Brad Martin | Stars: Holmes Osborne, David Leitch, Kelly Hu, Eric Roberts

Votes: 586

A.K.A. "Confessions of an Action Hero," and "Sledge: The Untold Story," I really saw this for Kali Rocha, who looked good in this movie. At least it was better than "18 Fingers of Death," released a year later.

24. The Object of My Affection (1998)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A pregnant New York City social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha, Lena Cardwell

Votes: 17,884 | Gross: $29.11M

Most guys would've seen it for Jennifer Anniston, and if you had asked me back when it came out, I would've agreed. More recently I got interested in it for Kali Rocha, who didn't look so good at least in the opening scenes.

25. Lady Bird (2017)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

94 Metascore

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 189,022 | Gross: $48.96M

I know it's getting a lot of Oscar buzz, but I thought it was overrated. Frankly I saw it for the presence of Laura Marano, and even though she wasn't the star, I was hoping she'd have more to do in this movie.

26. Step Sisters (2018)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy

Jamilah has her whole life figured out. She's the president of her sorority, captain of their champion step dance crew, is student liaison to the college dean, and her next move is on to ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Megalyn Echikunwoke, Eden Sher, Lyndon Smith, Gage Golightly

Votes: 3,527

Eden Sher was most of my reason for wanting to see this than anything else.

27. The Outcasts (2017)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy

47 Metascore

After falling victim to a humiliating prank by the high school Queen Bee, best friends and world-class geeks, Mindy and Jodi, decide to get their revenge by uniting the outcasts of the school against her and her circle of friends.

Director: Peter Hutchings | Stars: Victoria Justice, Eden Sher, Ashley Rickards, Avan Jogia

Votes: 3,228

Victoria Justice, Eden Sher, Peyton List, Ashley Rickards, and others. I almost said "how can you go wrong," but as desirable as it is, it's no cinematic masterpiece.

28. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 297,449 | Gross: $45.51M

Mostly because I've got a thing for 1960's girls.

29. Body of Proof (2011–2013)
Episode: Committed (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Megan and Tommy are investigating the murder of a patient at a psychiatric hospital. When they rule out that someone came in, it means it was someone on the inside. So they talk to the ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Mark Valley, Geoffrey Arend

Votes: 162

I saw it for Allysin Ashely Arm. I didn't mind her crazy act in the episode, or that her appearance was so brief, but I was really disappointed by the outcome.

30. American Housewife (2016– )
Episode: It's Hard To Say Goodbye (2018)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

Katie and Greg struggle to help the kids accept loss as a family friend suddenly passes away and as their pet pig, Hans Gruber, must be returned to his natural habitat.

Director: John Putch | Stars: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Meg Donnelly, Daniel DiMaggio

Votes: 95

Mainly to find out why Julia Butters flips her hair around in a sexy manner. As it turns out, she was mimicking her older TV sister, played by Meg Donnelly. That ought to be a new image in the IMDb gallery for this episode.

31. 10 Rules for Sleeping Around (2013)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

1 Metascore

A screw ball sex comedy following two couples and their ten rules to a happy healthy and open relationship.

Director: Leslie Greif | Stars: Tammin Sursok, Virginia Williams, Chris Marquette, Jesse Bradford

Votes: 2,667

Mostly because there was one scene on a bus with a pretty extra.

32. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

51 Metascore

Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo.

Director: Jake Szymanski | Stars: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza

Votes: 77,104 | Gross: $46.01M

As expected, it was for Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, but discovering Mary Holland made it something a little more worthwhile.

33. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

The Looney Tunes search for a man's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey diamond.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Heather Locklear

Votes: 30,709 | Gross: $20.99M

Primarily for the scene where Shaggy (Casey Kasem) and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker) chastise Matthew Lillard for his portrayal of him in the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie.

34. Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Music

40 Metascore

Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Director: Trish Sie | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp

Votes: 48,293 | Gross: $104.90M

Like the other two Pitch Perfect movies, I saw this primarily for Anna Kendrick, but there were other aspects of the movie that made it worthwhile besides the music.

35. Some Kind of Hate (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

28 Metascore

A bullied teenager is sent to a reform school where he accidentally summons the spirit of a girl, herself a victim of bullying, who takes vengeance on his tormentors.

Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer | Stars: Andrew Bryniarski, Justin Prentice, Ronen Rubinstein, Matt Beene

Votes: 2,116

Yeah, I saw it for Sierra McCormick.

36. The Little Death (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.

Director: Josh Lawson | Stars: Bojana Novakovic, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany

Votes: 23,950 | Gross: $0.02M

Honestly, I can't remember why I wanted to see it. But the storyline involving the video interpreter for the hearing impaired helping the deaf cartoonist call a phone sex operator is the best one, if not the only good one.

37. Guilty at 17 (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A teenager becomes overwhelmed with guilt after her lies to support a friend's claim of sexual assault lead to the accused teacher's suicide.

Director: Anthony Lefresne | Stars: Erin Sanders, Alex Paxton-Beesley, Catherine Dent, Michael Woods

Votes: 476

As expected, I saw it for Erin Sanders, who looked really gorgeous throughout the movie.

38. Fist Fight (2017)

R | 91 min | Comedy

37 Metascore

When one school teacher unwittingly causes another teacher's dismissal, he is challenged to an after-school fight.

Director: Richie Keen | Stars: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 36,491 | Gross: $32.19M

Mainly for the scene where Ally Campbell (Alexa Nisenson) sings "I Don't Fuck With You," by Big Sean in the school talent show as a means of telling off a school bully.

39. Alexander IRL (2017)

TV-14 | 82 min | Comedy

Alex and EJ are brothers with nothing in common. Alex is a straight A student who desperately wants to be cool and win the affection of Lo (the coolest girl in school). EJ is a former high ... See full summary »

Director: K. Asher Levin | Stars: Ryan Whitney Newman, Simon Rex, Nathan Kress, Mikaela Hoover

Votes: 98

Mostly for Sarah Gilman and Ryan Newman, but other aspects of the movie made me want to see it too.

40. The Loft (2014)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

24 Metascore

Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city--a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet

Votes: 48,268 | Gross: $5.98M

Only because Kali Rocha was in it, and some of her scenes were the most enjoyable. Otherwise it's kind of hard to get into a movie like this where every main male character is a total dickhead.

41. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch

Votes: 226,662 | Gross: $135.37M

Partially because I wanted a little Tarantino revisionist history, and partially because I wanted to see if Julia Butters' role was worth all the Oscar Buzz.

42. Camp (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Musical, Drama

55 Metascore

After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.

Director: Todd Graff | Stars: Don Dixon, Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus

Votes: 5,458 | Gross: $1.63M

It's for Anna Kendrick. What else do I have to say about this?

43. The Cool Ones (1967)

95 min | Comedy

A young, millionaire rock promoter decides to create a new boy/girl duo team for his teen TV dance show by teaming up an ambitious go-go dancer and a has-been pop star and presenting them to the public as a new romantic pair.

Director: Gene Nelson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Debbie Watson, Gil Peterson, Phil Harris

Votes: 240

Mainly for the presence of Teri Garr as one of the "Whiz-Bam Girls" (which something I read once mistakenly called them the "Whiz Bang Girls.")

44. Good Boys (II) (2019)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.

Director: Gene Stupnitsky | Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon

Votes: 24,456 | Gross: $69.06M

Primarily for Midori Francis, as one of the teenage partying drug addicts.

Not only did I see this for Teri Garr, but the ridiculous and hilarious premise behind the TV special.

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