CATEGORIES Hot TopicI'm not saying pop stars aren't talented. There's a vital place in the world for catchy hooks that won't leave your head no matter how many times you bang it against the wall.
But just as garbage men shouldn't cook your breakfast, pop stars should not appear in your Hollywood star vehicles. (Starting off in small roles or indie films and working your way up? Not as much a recipe for disaster.) I'm not saying pop stars aren't talented. There's a vital place in the world for catchy hooks that won't leave your head no matter how many times you bang it against the wall.
But just as garbage men shouldn't cook your breakfast, pop stars should not appear in your Hollywood star vehicles. (Starting off in small roles or indie films and working your way up? Not as much a recipe for disaster.)
I know, I know. For every Justin Guarini there's a Jennifer Hudson, for every Britney Spears a Justin Timberlake. In the spirit of some good point/counterpoint fun, my colleague Angie Argabrite argues why pop stars SHOULD make movies.
Here are five undeniable examples of why not:
After playing an opera singer in a supporting role in the really bad romantic comedy 'The Bachelor,' Mariah Carey took her acting career to the next level by playing a pop music singer in a leading role in the really, really bad musical romance 'Glitter.' The result: Hollywood infamy, and a shiny Razzie. Carey has since said of the turkey, "It started out as a concept with substance, but it ended up being geared to 10-year-olds." Responded 10-year-olds of the world: "We hated that piece of s*** too."
Released way back in 2002 BC (Before Crazy), Britney Spears' road trip drama is like 'Thelma & Louise' without the edge, humor, wit, sex, suspense, interesting storyline, affecting performances or watchability. The critics raved: "Naïve and amateurish"! "Like a rejected ABC Afterschool Special"! "Not altogether horrific"! At least rising sex symbol Zoe Saldana, who co-stars, escaped the carnage, finally hitting it big this year in 'Star Trek.'
3. 'Spice World'
Yo I'll tell you what none of us wanted, what none of us really really wanted: a Spice Girls movie. Yet in 1997, that's exactly what we got from Posh Spice (now known as Victoria Beckham), Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Ginger Spice and Other Spice, and it was just as bloody awful as we feared. On the other hand, some movie fans file it -- like a couple other titles on this list -- under "So Amazingly Awful It's Actually Brilliant."
4. 'From Justin to Kelly'
Winning 'American Idol' doesn't necessarily make you a pop star (sending out Search & Rescue for ya, Ruben Studdard). And it sure as hell doesn't make you a movie star. Thankfully, even 'Idol' junkies more than willing to sit through two hours of filler to find out the winner didn't bite -- the Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini vehicle made a paltry $5 million at the box office -- and we haven't been subjected to such an exploitative, slapdash piece of dreck since.
5. 'Cool As Ice'
It almost feels sadistic to berate Vanilla Ice any further. Even during his 15 minutes, the guy was routinely dismissed as a "wannabe" rapper. (OK, well, in hindsight ...) But there's just no forgiving Ice for this candy rap remake of 'Rebel Without a Cause.' Things that actually happen in this movie: 1) Ice wears a jacket with the words "Sex Me" emblazoned on it; 2) Ice drives a neon yellow motorcycle and has slashed eyebrows; 3) To win over his love interest, he drops the infamous line, "Lose the zero, get with the hero." Case closed.