To celebrate Gala Bingo’s exclusive Dolly Parton slots game, the brand has come up with their favourite guilty pleasures over on their bingo site. Dolly Parton could be described as one of life’s guilty pleasures; she may not have been the most talented singer or actress but she brought that special bit of camp charm to everything she’s ever worked on. From her much-loved country songs to some memorable appearances in films like 9 To 5 and Steel Magnolias, there’s always been something to love about Dolly.
Which made me think about some movies I consider my own guilty pleasure films. Some of them are older and were huge at the time but don’t quite hold up today despite the cheesy fun you get from watching them.
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist
The concept of this movie is very ridiculous: Take an old Chinese kung fu movie and have one man, Steve Oedekerk, dub all the characters. Then add him to the movie digitally and make as many silly jokes as possible, like naming the main villain Betty or play “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer during one of the fighting scenes. This is one of my favourite comedies and definitely a guilty pleasure as there is no way you can call this a good movie.
While this teen sex comedy was never in danger of winning any Academy Awards, it found success among a new generation of filmgoers that were too young to see the likes of Porky’s in cinemas the first time round. The real strength of American Pie was in its likable cast and warm writing which depicted the strains of peer pressure versus the quest to find young love. It made stars of much of its cast and is still fondly remembered today despite it’s rather risqué moments! Even the last one still managed to entertain me despite the often very juvenile humour (Stifler).
Last Action Hero
After Arnold had starred as The Terminator for the second time, the action movie world was and he decided to make this satire based around common tropes of action films. Unfortunately for him it seemed to backfire as not everyone was a fan of it. Schwarzenegger stars as Jack Slater, a fictional cop who goes through the cinema screen into the real world thanks to one boy’s Golden Ticket. It’s chock-full of special effects and the usual one-liners from Schwarzenegger.
A Haunted House
Yes, I am fully aware that this movie got horrible reviews and that many people rolled their eyes when a sequel was announced. However I am looking forward to it as I had so much fun seeing this movie. It was hilarious and just proves how subjective humour can be and it was better than the last Scary Movie film which tackled pretty much the same subject.
Reportedly made after producer Jerry Bruckheimer saw a picture in a magazine of cool pilots wearing sunglasses, this love story of the skies saw Tom Cruise in one of his most famous roles as Maverick, the gung-ho Navy pilot. Few films capture the 80s like Top Gun did – with star Tom Cruise keen on making a sequel due to the simple fact that wherever he goes in the world, he is recognised as Maverick, and therefore keen to revisit the life of his troubled character.
What are your favourite guilty pleasure films? Don’t forget to visit GalaBingo.com if you’re in need of some inspiration!