Best Worst Movie 2009 NR CC

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Most people don't set out to produce a horrible film, so how exactly does it happen? This documentary about 1989's Troll 2 -- often referred to as the "worst movie in history" -- attempts to answer that question.

Starring:
George Hardy, Lily Hardy
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Best Worst Movie

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Genres Documentary
Director Michael Stephenson
Starring George Hardy, Lily Hardy
Supporting actors Pita Ray, Micki Knox, Tommy Bice, Lila Graves, Laura Gulledge, Merry Hardy, Barbara H. Young, Mary Ann Hardy, Wade Jones, Bill Hardy, Mollie Barrett, Michael Stephenson, Jason Steadman, Connie Young, Chris Pudlo, Jason Powell, Yen H. Lam, Dennis Ronk
Studio Docurama
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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If you've seen Troll 2 you HAVE to see the Best Worst Movie.
Dominique Huffman
The timing on the jokes, the provoking story, the characters you meet throughout...What a great movie.
Michelle D.
It is inspiring to learn about people like him and get to know them in a way.
Samuel Clemens

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Daniel E. Rezendes on August 23, 2010
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Managed to catch this at a local indy theater, having been a Troll 2 fan for ages. I was fully expecting Best Worst Movie to be funny and entertaining -- which it was -- but what caught me off guard is just how touching and effecting it is. While the proceedings are constantly enlivened by George Hardy, the actor who played the father in Troll 2, many of the other actors lives have not gone so well. There's the sadly comic shopkeeper, who was on leave from a mental institute at the time Troll 2 was filmed, and the twilight years of the actor who played Uncle Seth. But seeing the actress who played the mother from the movie is downright unsettling , even tragic.

On the flip side, seeing the director and writers of Troll 2, and witnessing their fervent belief that they made an insightful, important film that was simply ahead of its time... it's like an Italian knockoff of Ed Wood, only less friendly. And while Fergasso comes off as a buffoon much of the time, there are moments where you really see how truly and honestly he believes in his films -- whether that is for better or worse is another issue entirely.

All of that, plus investigating the cult that has sprung up around this fantastically bad movie... I really have to say, Best Worst Movie is a genuinely very good film, far better than anything springing from Troll 2 has any real right to be. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa K. on November 16, 2010
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As a fan notes in "Best Worst Movie", the worst movies are never made
that way on purpose but inherit their serious badness from the
sincerity with which they were made. Thus was the case with Troll 2,
which the director Claudio Fragasso inconceivably insists was an
earnest work of art. This documentary, put together by the actor who
played the son in the 1990 film, catches up with Fragasso as well as
the writer (Fragasso's wife) and cast of Troll 2.

Many terrible films have acquired cult followings--most notably of
recent times Tommy Wiseau's The Room--but to my knowledge, Troll 2 is
the only one which is itself a subject of a documentary. Michael
Stephenson does an excellent job in conveying not only Troll 2's infamy
but also the general "it's all in fun" attitude of fans who love truly
bad movies. Even if you haven't seen Troll 2 (although I highly
recommend you do!), I think you'll find this documentary interesting,
hilarious, and even touching. Even my 14 year old son, who's as yet too
young to appreciate epic badness in movie making, wandered into the
room while I was viewing this and ended up sitting and watching it with
me.

Much of the documentary centers around George Hardy, who played the dad
in Troll 2, and his attending of conventions and Troll 2 screenings as
well as his efforts in trying to get the other actors to participate in
a Troll 2 reunion. The jovial Hardy is impossible to dislike and
without his cooperation "Best Worst Movie" wouldn't have worked nearly
as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michelle D. on September 16, 2010
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I caught this at a little indie theater in Ohio with my friend even though I only knew the basic jist of Troll 2. It was probably one of the funniest and fascinating movies I've seen in a long time. You really get to see how personalities affect the outcome of a film. I'm not one to really have a gut busting laugh in a theater, but this movie produced several. The timing on the jokes, the provoking story, the characters you meet throughout...What a great movie. Totally worth every penny without any disappointment. If you didn't manage to catch it in theaters, this is the perfect chance to see it at home. DO IT.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Malopake on August 21, 2010
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I thought this documentary was funnier than the movie it was about. It takes you inside public perception of the movie and how it slowly became an underground sensation, while also giving you feedback from those who participated in the biggest cinematic failure of all time. Some of the actors have gone on to live happy, full lives while others have wound up in rather sad situations. Best Worst Movie also shows the reaction of the director Claudio Fragrasso to his "masterpiece" and how he describes it as being "the inspiration for Harry Potter." He also portrays disdain for the actors who were in the movie and wonders why people laugh at parts of the movie he believes to be serious. The majority of this movie focuses on the dad (George Hardy) and the kid (Michael Stephenson) from Troll 2, with the kid being the director of BWM. They travel to numerous conventions, screenings, and, in addition, hunt down the actors from Troll 2. This movie took a few years to make, produce, and distribute and I believe that's what makes it so great. It's a well-thought-out movie and it does not disappoint. Those who have never seen or heard of Troll 2 can get a better understanding of the craze behind it and how it failed miserably. I recommend this movie to anyone looking for a state-of-the-art documentary. Well done, Mike and George!
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