A little while ago while flipping through the channels in search of Low Entertainments, the Better Half and I stumbled upon the film “Abandoned,” starring the late Brittany Murphy. Sadly, it was Ms. Murphy’s last role, and while she was no Hepburn (either of them) she deserves to be remembered for something better than that. A more appealing role to remember her by would be her delightful voicing of Luanne Platter on the under-appreciated gem “King of the Hill.”
But this post is not about Brittany Murphy. It’s about that movie, which was awful. For psychological reasons too murky to fathom, occasionally the Better Half and I will find ourselves unable to stop watching programs that are utterly devoid of redeeming qualities. This one was among the worst. Horrible acting (including wretched work by once-famous actors like Mimi Rogers and Dean Cain, as well as by the star). Preposterous plot and stupefying writing. Production values that probably cost less than some of my better pairs of pants.
Watching this cinematic drek-fest, the question that kept popping into my head was “How on earth did this get made?” My only guess is that halfway through filming the producers threw up their hands and decided to give the world yet another example of the sunk costs fallacy.
So, here’s this week’s question — what have you most recently seen that begged to have the plug pulled? What book should have been pulped before it was ever printed? What show should have been canceled before they even shot the pilot? What movie isn’t worth the electricity to power the projector?