The Worst Movies of the Year Review Themselves

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Dec. 26 2012 1:46 PM

The Worst Movies of 2012 Review Themselves

Hollywood has seen its fair share of critical and commercial failures in 2012, with inexplicable sequels, the annual installment of Tyler Perry-dressed-up-as-a-sassy-black-lady, and narratives “inspired by” board games. Such films tend to be received unkindly by critics, but NextMovie has created a mash-up video in which the year’s worst movies review themselves.

The video incorporates short clips from each regrettable movie featuring lines that could easily be found in a review. In one scene, from American Reunion*, Jim (Jason Biggs) offers up this unwitting assessment of the movie he’s acting in: “This is very, very bad.” The video saves the greatest of 2012’s flops—John Carter—for last. A CGI-mammoth-person asks the question that many studio executives must have pondered after the film flailed at the box office: “How did this happen? Who is to blame?”

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Correction, December 26, 2012: This article originally stated incorrectly that the scene featuring Jason Biggs was from American Wedding.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.