The big one for me is E.T. I loved this movie when I was a child, and cried along with everybody else at all the right moments, but now it just represents just about everything I hate about movies. And it’s not just a case of my getting older, either. I can watch all of the other movies I loved when I was around that age and at least appreciate them as “heartwarming” or “pleasant,” but E.T. just seems vile and manipulative and dirty.
I didn’t keep track of how the re-release a couple years ago did in the box office, but that just made it worse. I got the sense that Paramount or Dreamworks or whoever were expecting it to have the same success that the Star Wars re-releases did, and they were stunned to see that America had completely outgrown the movie.
And I hate to sound pompous, but I never understood the appeal of American Beauty. Granted, I saw it a couple months after it had come out (but still in a theater) and had been hyped all to hell, but I left thinking, “What was that all about?”