Worst of 1996

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lwilson19 (6 years ago)
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I had no idea they made a movie with talking cockroaches, but I’m kinda of glad that it took 22 years for me to hear about it.
firstmagnitude (7 years ago)
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I can’t imagine a film like this ever being made. I wonder if they made any money?
coulterite (7 years ago)
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I loved watching these two every week, but I will always disagree with Roger over his hatred for The Ghost and the Darkness. Gene liked it though, if I remember correctly.
sanjacraven36 (5 years ago)
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I can understand giving Happy Gilmore a thumbs down. Honestly, I would have too. But one of the worst movies of the year???? C’mon!
TheRedBaron1985 (6 years ago)
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Kazaam! was indeed the Worst Film of 1996! Shaquille O’Neal can’t act or rap to save his career. Even, "Steel" was worse.

Original title for "Mad Dog Time" was "Trigger Happy", basically a comedy about killing each other with guns. Hence the dialogue.

"The Cable Guy", "Larger Than Life" and "Happy Gilmore" are great comedies that doesn’t deserve to be on the list. In fact, "The Stupids", "Big Bully" and "Carpool" are the real stinkers and three of them starred Tom Arnold.
AlexDeLarge (4 years ago)
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Happy Gilmore is a terrible film. I personally cannot stand it.
clem0822 (6 years ago)
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How bout Gene with the nice zinger up the Riviera 12 percent unemployment, too funny lol :)! They’re were some terrible pictures that particular year, i sat through (somehow) Striptease, very uns*xy and a waste. The Cable Guy though i felt wasn’t dreadful, it was far from great either. Jingle All The Way not one of the Ex Govenator’s best lol! You cannot get more of a let down than Jack, between Robin Williams and Frances Copppola they can do no better than that, what a horrible screenplay, if you can call it that! Still a funny episode, with Gene and Roger making each other laugh, is always a treat. Thanks firstmagnitude.
Michael P. Clement
firstmagnitude (6 years ago)
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Your welcome Michael!
speedyboris (6 years ago)
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I wonder if Ebert came around on Brain Candy, seeing as it’s nowhere in this special and he abhorred it when he first reviewed it.
Fuzzynavel (6 years ago)
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It’s worthy of note that Roger seems to have lost every single coin toss he ever had against Gene. As Ebert later found out, this was because Siskel always used his own coins. They always had the same image on both sides.
WastedPo (6 years ago)
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I’ve never seen High School High, and I’m sure it’s not a good movie, but I would wager money that it’s Goodfellas compared to "Scary Movie 109," or "Date Movie" or any of what is considered "satire" now.
Tha Critic (6 years ago)
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I saw High School High when I was a lot younger so I’ve got sort of soft spot for it.
Movie Meng (6 years ago)
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High School High is, of course, a cheesy comedy, but it actually has some decent jokes and imo is one of the better SNL star comedy’s of the 90s. Much better than those Tom Arnold movies that somehow didn’t end up on this episode.
ebertfan788 (6 years ago)
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"If it was the legendary missing footage from The Magnificent Ambersons, this movie would still suck!" lol

And I like Happy Gilmore too, though I can see why Gene and Roger didn’t like it.
SoupyTwist (6 years ago)
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Roger’s guffaw at the end is priceless.
genesiskel1 (6 years ago)
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@coulterite Gene and Roger both gave The Ghost and the Darkness thumbs down.
moviefan7 (6 years ago)
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No they didn’t. Gene liked it, Roger hated it.
Matt_D (5 years ago)
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Yeah, I really liked Happy Gilmore. In fact, I think it was one of Sandler’s best movies. I’m a golfer and a fan of Bob Barker, so I might be biased. High School High was okay.
I believe that the worst movie of that year was Larger Than Life. In fact, it is in my top 3 of worst movies of all time, right beside Freddy Got Fingered and Mars Attacks (yeah I said it, Mars Attacks is terrible).
gordytheghoul (5 years ago)
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I liked "The Ghost and the Darkness", a lot actually, "Daylight" and "Larger Than Life" are guilty pleasures of mine. ALL of the others are either plain bad or truly terrible, and I’m sorry to I’ve seen most of them.
gordytheghoul (5 years ago)
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One more think, about the god awful "Mad Dog Time", notice that Richard Dreyfuss’s career has never been the same!!!
speedyboris (5 years ago)
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Wait... I thought Siskel liked Junior?
calideson (4 years ago)
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I liked Cable Guy
moviefan (4 years ago)
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I care to differ on striptease,
happy gilmore,jack and jingle all the way
Carl LaFong (4 years ago)
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Gene evidently forgot that he gave Junior a glowing review only 2 years earlier.
TheRedBaron1985 (3 years ago)
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Also, "Bio-Dome", another bad comedy from 1996 with Pauly Shore was horrible! I know that Siskel & Ebert didn’t review it on the show when it was first released (It wasn’t even screened for them at that time).
Jay Lee (3 years ago)
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Happy Gilmore and Cable Guy are comedy classics and didn’t deserve to be bunched in with the other stinkers here. Ghost and the Darkness was also a bit of a head scratcher, as it is a pretty effective creature feature thriller. Though they were pretty spot on with the rest.
Jesse Coffey (5 months ago)
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Well, if Ebert trashed BRAIN CANDY while not placing it on his "worst of" list for the year it was made, it must have been that bad.

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firstmagnitude
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Worst of 1996

Striptease
The Cable Guy
Happy Gilmore
Jingle All the Way
Jack
Black Sheep
High School High
Getting Away With Murder

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