I’m very disappointed with the terrible reviews for Click, as that’s a fantastic premise for a movie. In fact, it’s a fantastic premise for at least three different movies:
(1) A full-on silly comedy with nothing but people doing hilarious things with wacky sfx. The reviews seem to indicate that the only entertaining parts of Click are when it does this, rather than being maudlin
(2) An existential Charlie Kaufmann movie along the lines of Eternal Sunshine
(3) A hardish sci fi thriller
Sadly, Click appears to be none of them.
My other most-noticed wasted premise is anything involving time travel. In recent years, we’ve had Black Knight and Kate and Leopold, both of which take superficially interesting premises and (as I understand it) turn them into totally forgettable, formulaic movies. A few years back, there was Sphere, which featured both an awesome premise (a spaceship is found buried in millenia-old rock at the bottom of the ocean, and when explored, it appears to come from earth’s future) and a fantastic cast, yet blew goats.