I haven't picked up an issue of Premiere Magazine in quite some time, but a friend of mine recently recommended I visit the publication's newly refurbished website. So I did. Pretty solid content across the board, I'm happy to opine -- but one particular article caught my eye, tickled my fancy, and squatted in my brain long enough to recommend it here.

Basically, a bunch of the Premiere writers were asked to come up with their picks for Most Overrated Film of All Time -- and while most of the sacred cows slaughtered here are pretty darn obvious ones, the opinions and explanations as to why each film was chosen, well, I thought they were fairly compelling. Frankly, I'm thrilled to see someone call Field of Dreams "just too on the nose," because it absolutely is.

Fully prepared for the onslaught of How Dare YE!! hate mail, the Premiere posse has wisely decided to add an equally pithy rebuttal in defense of each movie. So when someone has the audacity to impugn The Wizard of Oz, we sane people have a defender who'll say Dude, Please. I've placed the 20 titles under the jump, just to help spark discussion, but do not let that stop you from reading through the whole article. It might make you think a little differently about some of those Unquestioned Classics that everyone's afraid to admit they don't really dig. (Yep, 2001: A Space Odyssey is overrated; I said it and I'm proud.)



Premiere's Top 20 Most Overrated Films of All Time
  1. American Beauty
  2. Chicago
  3. Clerks.
  4. Fantasia
  5. Field of Dreams
  6. Chariots of Fire
  7. Good Will Hunting
  8. Forrest Gump
  9. Jules and Jim
  10. A Beautiful Mind
  11. Monster's Ball
  12. Moonstruck
  13. Mystic River
  14. Nashville
  15. The Wizard of Oz
  16. An American in Paris
  17. Easy Rider
  18. The Red Shoes
  19. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  20. Gone with the Wind
I agree that the following films are overrated: 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 19. How Mulholland Dr. and Leaving Las Vegas escaped mention is beyond me.

(Thoughts to contemplate while writing a Cinematical comment: How could they call MOVIE X overrated?!!?! They're retarded people! How could they NOT include MOVIE Y in this list??!?! It's, like, so completely overrated!)

[Thanks to Dentler for the Premiere tip.]