Everyone loves a bad movie as much as we all pretend to have refined film palates. And there are some incredibly good bad movies on Netflix right now. One of the most dependable streaming services currently out there, Netflix has something of a reputation for hosting and creating a slew of B movies. With thousands of movies and shows available on the site, some are bound to be duds.
But which ones are bad enough, yet have enough panache, to be worth watching? After all, there’s a certain Je n’ais ce quoi that a bad movie must possess to be, well, good. No worries; we’ve taken the guesswork out of curating a “good bad movies on Netflix” watchlist just for you.
The teen romantic drama to end all romantic dramas. The first installment of a projected three films, “After” is based on a Wattpad Harry Styles/Taylor Swift fanfiction that was then published as a print novel. It’s hard not to root for their author, Anna Todd, as something of a dark horse in the publishing world. Good on her for getting that bag.
However, this movie is certainly not … good. We’re just saying: hopefully, the book is better. From the detestable wardrobe choices for the film’s main character, Tessa, to the cringey dialogue and a timeline that doesn’t quite make sense, this film hits all the marks. There’s even a scene wherein a character sits with their head resting upon a bus window as it rains outdoors, listening to sad music the entire time. Yikes.
Still, this movie is enjoyable for the exact reasons that we must make fun of it. And, OK, the soundtrack is pretty decent.
This one is the definition of a B-movie. But, for some reason, this teen comedy has jokes that … actually kind of land? Reliant upon a crude concept that is, at the very least, original, it doesn’t seem like “The Package” is anything worth sitting through. And, to be fair, if you’re older than the age of 30, it probably isn’t.
However, when it comes to good bad movies on Netflix, the goof-factor and decent acting make up for everything that could’ve made this watch a boring, disturbing one. Definitely not a watch-alone kind of movie, it’s genuinely great for a group of friends.
“Game Over, Man!”(2018)
The “Workaholics” crew is back and … worse than ever? This action-comedy is exactly what you’d expect it to be. A movie about three guys who have to involve themselves in some wacky antics in order to save the hostages from a celebrity event. Not exactly the freshest plot in the world, nor one with tons of potential.
However, the cast is truly what makes this a movie worth your attention. Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson and Anders Holm obviously have a ton of comedic acting chops, and they’ve got a lot of chemistry. The type of chemistry that shines through a screenplay that’s clearly lacking in pretty much every other area.
This action flick was never going to age well past its titular date. Watching it now, during what can sometimes feel like the end of the world, is somewhat soothing. All of the insane violence and decent graphics let “2012” shine as a simple apocalypse flick.
When it comes to movies that are so bad they’re good, this one makes the list. Like meditation, it clears your head of all thoughts. With the conceit of its release being irrelevant now, it’s pure, dumb fun. While we don’t mean to spoil the movie, it’s also worth noting that yes, they do save the giraffe.
“Good Burger” (1997)
One of the best worst movies on Netflix that’s mostly enjoyable for its nostalgia factor, “Good Burger” is what you watch when you want to feel like a kid again. It’s cheesy, it’s clumsy, it’s very very 90s. Kenan and Kel in a feature-length kids comedy together? What else would you expect from them but a movie about summer jobs at a burger joint?
With an excessive amount of rollerblading and a ton of neon, what’s not to love? Perhaps it’s not the most mature movie of all time, but not everything you love can be “Parasite.” Make sure to grab the popcorn before you step back in time for 90 minutes during your next movie night.
A forgettable horror movie, this one was released before the horror renaissance of the past six or seven years. Which makes for some compelling hate-watching, that’s for sure. With Penn Badgley in the leading role, at least the attempt at making this a decent movie was there.
A remake of the much better 1987 film of the same name, if you want to watch a good movie, give the original a spin. If you want a so-bad-it’s-good movie, though, this one’s got you covered. Based (very loosely) on the murders of John List, this one may also give you a bit of a shiver.
“Valentine’s Day” (2010)
Again and again, it appears, the film industry tries to capture the magic of “Love, Actually” with star-studded holiday ensemble movies. “Valentine’s Day”is one of those attempts. With a cast including Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, George Lopez and even Taylor Swift, it feels like you’re being constantly bombarded by familiar faces. Perhaps to distract from its fanciful, weak screenplay.
But, hey, what else could you possibly want from a rom-com about Valentine’s Day? It’s a holiday that most people don’t seem to prioritize in the grand scheme of things. So watch this with your friends for the fringe factor, the bad jokes and to see all your favorite actors interact with one another on-screen.
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