Despite being a great year in film, 1999 produced several rotten apples. From comedy mishaps to dragging dramas, these movies should stay back in 1999 where they belong. Do you agree?
1. Dudley Do-Right (1999)
The comedy film Dudley Do-Right, starring Brendan Fraser as the title character, is based on the long-running cartoon series of the same name. In the Canadian Rockies, a friendly but clumsy Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer named Dudley Do-Right tries to stop the bad plans of the villain Snidely Whiplash. The movie tried to capture the fun of the original cartoons, but it had trouble getting the humor across well and was criticized for being poorly made.
2. Gloria (1999)
Gloria is a remake of the 1980 movie of the same name. It stars Sharon Stone. Gloria is the girlfriend of a former gangster, and she has to guard a young boy who saw a murder. Even with Stone’s performance, the movie didn’t live up to the original in terms of tension and emotional depth, and its tries to add something new fell flat.
3. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1999)
Written by Anthony Edwards and starring Jenny Seagrove, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart is a romantic comedy about a British author who moves to New York to start over. Even though the story had promise, the movie had trouble finding a consistent tone and a good balance between romance and comedy. As a result, both audiences and critics didn’t like it very much.
4. Play It to the Bone (1999)
Play It to the Bone is a sports comedy-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas. It is about two best friends who are asked to fill in at the last minute for a boxing fight. Despite the movie having many big names, it was disapproved for its uneven pace, lack of character development, and missed chances to fully explore the world of boxing.
5. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo is a comedy starring Rob Schneider about a fish tank cleaner who becomes a male gigolo to make money to pay for damages. Somehow, the movie became a cult favorite. It got mixed reviews because of its crude humor and reliance on stereotypes.
6. Message in a Bottle (1999)
Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle is a love drama starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright. In the movie, a woman finds a love letter in a bottle on the beach and sets out to find the person who wrote it. Even though the story was heartwarming, the movie had trouble capturing the emotional depth and authenticity of the book, and some reviewers thought the story was too predictable.
7. At First Sight (1999)
Based on a true story, At First Sight stars Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino as a blind man who undergoes an experimental operation to regain his sight and find love.
As his vision improves, he has to figure out how to deal with the challenges of his new senses and interactions. Even though it had a great cast, the movie was criticized for having an obvious plot and not showing how blindness and its effects are complicated.
8. Forces of Nature (1999)
Forces of Nature stars the charming Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck. Affleck plays a guy who, while on his way to his wedding, meets a free-spirited lady and goes on a trip that questions his views about fate and love. The movie tried to be funny and romantic at the same time, but its story twists and use of tired romantic comedy tropes made for mixed reviews.
9. The 13th Warrior (1999)
The 13th Warrior is an action-adventure movie with Antonio Banderas. It is based on Michael Crichton’s book Eaters of the Dead. In the movie, an Arab envoy joins up with a group of Norse heroes to fight strange and scary creatures.
The movie had the potential to be an epic journey, but it was criticized for having an uneven pace, characters that weren’t well-developed, and trying to mix real history with fantasy.
10. Flawless (1999)
Starring Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Flawless is a drama about a retired security guard who enlists the help of a flamboyant drag queen to improve his speech after suffering a stroke. While the film tackled themes of identity and unlikely friendship, it struggled to balance its serious subject matter with the comedic elements, leading to a mixed reception from audiences and critics.
11. Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Mickey Blue Eyes is a romantic comedy with Hugh Grant in the lead role. It’s about a British man who gets involved with the mafia when he proposes to his girlfriend, whose father is a gang boss. The movie tried to be both romantic and funny, but it was criticized for using a lot of clichés and humor that was easy to guess.
12. 8MM (1999)
8MM is a thriller starring Nicolas Cage about a private detective who is hired to find out the truth about a disturbing snuff film. The movie tried to explore dark and disturbing themes, but it was scolded for being too violent and unable to match its goals with a good story.
13. Wild Wild West (1999)
Wild Wild West is a sci-fi western comedy starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline. It follows two law enforcement officers trying to stop a bad guy’s plans in a steampunk-style world. The movie had a lot of big names; it had trouble finding its tone.
As a result, it was a mix of action, humor, and things that were out of place in the time period, which neither audiences nor reviews liked. Nonetheless, it’s since garnered a cult following.
14. Stigmata (1999)
Stigmata is a supernatural horror movie starring Patricia Arquette about a woman who starts to show the stigmata, or the wounds of Christ, while looking into a strange artifact. People didn’t like that the movie’s exciting idea relied on tired horror tropes and couldn’t tell a clear, satisfying story.
15. Blue Streak (1999)
Starring Martin Lawrence, Blue Streak is a comedy about a jewel thief who poses as a police officer to retrieve a stolen diamond he hid at a police station. While the film aimed for laughs, it was criticized for its predictable humor and lack of originality.
16. The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
Starring Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron, The Astronaut’s Wife is a sci-fi thriller about an astronaut who undergoes a mysterious transformation after a space mission, leaving his wife to uncover the truth. Despite its intriguing premise, the film faced criticism for its uneven pacing and underdeveloped characters.
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