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CHRIS MIKSANEK - THE MED CITY MOVIE GUY
It’s never been unusual for filmdom to exploit the popularity of the little screen. A few of the serious executions like Mission: Impossible, The Fugitive, and, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., have even eclipsed their tubular progenitors. Most, regrettably, to borrow the words of Maxwell Smart, “Missed it by that much.”
  
The Brady Bunch Movie. A campy send-up of itself so well executed you wonder why the television show couldn’t have been this good. (Conversely, A Very Brady Sequel deserved to go right into Sam’s meat grinder.)
  
Starsky & Hutch. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson at their best in this enjoyable film costarring Vince Vaughn and Snoop Dogg (as Huggy Bear). The real star is the 1974 Ford Torino.
  
Fat Albert. When the moviegoer next to you says he liked the first film better — and he’s referring to the neighborhood orthodontist ad — you know you’re witnessing one of the greatest wastes of celluloid of all time. Kenan Thompson, now a staple on SNL, tries his best to make a silk purse from this script, but can’t. You have to wonder who Cosby slipped a mickey to get this one green-lighted. Hey, Hey, Hey, this one’s far from OK.
  
Charlie’s Angels. For every guy whose favorite bedtime story begins “Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy.” Matt LeBlanc tops Bill Murray for laughs, no small feat. Cool score and lots of Ang Lee-inspired action. Cameron Diaz is the most entertaining on-screen angel since John Travolta’s Michael.
  
Underdog. Flop live action version of the classic cartoon. Better casting might have salvaged this one: imagine Cedric the Entertainer and dialog like “Say, Dog, get off my leg.”
  
The Dukes of Hazzard. Answers the question: how bad does a movie have to be for you to say, “Isn’t there something better Johnny Knoxville could be doing with his time?”
  
Dragnet. A small Harry Morgan cameo, Tom Hanks, and Dan Aykroyd’s fast-talking Sgt. Joe Friday aren’t enough to save this poor spoof of the classic 1967 television staple. Christopher Plummer should have exercised his right to remain silent.
  
Thunderbirds. Sans Supermarionation®. F.A.B.? N.O.!
  
Twilight Zone: The Movie. You’re traveling through another dimension, one where a medium cup of Pepsi is $9 and a large popcorn is $14 ... Yes, but this 1983 John Landis film (with a Stephen Spielberg-directed segment) lives-up to the Rod Serling legacy.
  
Popeye. Robin Williams must have lost a bet.
  
Dudley Do-Right. Brendan Fraser, whose resume probably doesn’t boast “picking good scripts,” stars in one of the few films that can actually claim to be less funny than Silence of the Lambs.
  
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. You can tell a lot about a movie by the lines people repeat. After The Terminator, for example, you heard a lot of people say “I’ll be back.” After this one, they said, “I want my two hours back!”
  
Get Smart. Read the complete review here.
  
Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Read the complete review here.
  
21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. Read the complete reviews here.
  
CHiPs. Read the complete review here.
  
Baywatch. Read the complete review here.
  
The Equalizer. Read the complete review here.
  
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