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Top 10 worst sports related movies

Sports movies to avoid

Quite often the words 'sports', 'movie', and ‘absolute stinker' go hand-in-hand. In many sports movies the acting's generally not great, the sporting action is so contrived as to be laughable, and there's nearly always the predictable ending when the winning goal, basket, putt or whatever is 'miraculously' scored right at the death. Even when a good sports movie is made, studio executives often decide to make a series of sequels in which each movie gets progressively worse. 

We've compiled a list of sporting turkeys to either avoid, or  to watch just to marvel at how bad they are. You may be hard pushed to find worse sporting movies yourself but have a think and see what you can come up with...

Rocky V (1990)

Directed by John G. Avildsen
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Sage Stallone, Tommy Morrison

In a nutshell: Boxer Rocky Balboa's career has ended following punishing bouts in his career, and he also is broke after his fortune is squandered by an incompetent accountant. Rocky becomes a trainer and finds a talented boxing newcomer, Tommy Gunn, who could challenge for the world title.

Why it's bad: This attempt to wring the last ounce of money out of the movie-going public falls far short of previous efforts in the Rocky series. Real life boxer Tommy Morrison (who went on to become Heavyweight Champion in 1993) should have stuck to the pugilistic arts rather than acting. Fans of the movie series were left disappointed as the movie left Rocky back where he started, with nothing to show for his efforts and so many hardcore Rocky fans tend to ignore it altogether.

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

Directed by Ron Shelton
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Prez

In a nutshell: Woody Harrelson plays Billy Hoyle, a talented basketball player whose only source of income is to play on people’s prejudices that white people can't play basketball very well. He uses his talent to earn money through playing street basketball.

Why it's bad: The formula for the movie is a pretty hackneyed one, and you'll soon tire of the constant foul language from almost everyone who appears on screen. Every second word is pretty much an expletive.

Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Directed by Stephen Chow
Stars: Stephen Chow, Vicki Zhao, Ng Man-Tat, Patrick Tse Yin

In a nutshell: A Hong Kong sporting comedy which has made it over to the mainstream. It tells the ridiculous story of Sing, a master of Shaolinquan Kung Fu, who decides to try and incorporate the techniques into the game of soccer to create an unbeatable team.

Why it’s bad: The movie involves overly used parodies of popular films such as The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan and Jurassic Park, as well as many over-the-top action scenes. And there’s the shockingly bad English dubbing to contend with too!

The Perfect Catch (2005)


Directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrell
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, KaDee Strickland, Jack Kehler, Ione Skye

In a nutshell: A romantic comedy about a successful woman who thinks she’s finally met the perfect guy. Everything seems ideal until his obsession becomes apparent and she has to compete with his first true love: baseball – and in particular, the Boston Red Sox!

Why it's bad: It all pretty predictable stuff and at times annoyingly nauseating. There are some pretty bad jokes and a pretty ordinary storyline centred around baseball. Movie watchers will probably remember Drew Barrymore having already run across a sports field once in her movie career in Never Been Kissed but there seemed little sense in making her do it all again.

The Next Karate Kid (1994)

Directed by Christopher Cain
Stars: Hilary Swank, Pat Morita, Michael Ironside, Constance Towers, Chris Conrad

In a nutshell: The fourth movie in the Karate Kid series. During a commemorative event for Japanese soldiers who fought in the United States Army during World War II, Mr Miyagi meets a woman who is the widow of his former commanding officer. He then gets to know her granddaughter an angry teenager who has lost both her parents in a car accident. In order to quiet the teenager’s spirit, Miyagi takes her under his wing and teaches her karate.

Why it’s bad: The tired Karate Kid formula has worn thin by the fourth installment and the story is highly predictable . Also, Hilary Swank (who later makes a brilliant Oscar-winning performance in the boxing movie Million Dollar Baby) is shockingly poor in the lead role.

Mean Machine (2001)

Director: Barry Skolnick
Stars: Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, Danny Dyer, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Robbie Gee, Vas Blackwood

In a nutshell: A British comedy/drama starring former Premiership footballer Vinnie Jones. Danny Meehan a former captain of England’s national football team, who was banned for fixing a match between England and Germany is sentenced to three years for assault. He gets offered a role as coach of the prison guard's football team, but declines and instead offers to train a team of inmates to take on the guards in the match.

Why it’s bad: This is an adaptation of the 1974 movie The Longest Yard , which featured American football. Mean Machine steals many of the best lines and scenes from The Longest Yard so just watch the original instead, as it's much better.

Men with Brooms (2002)

Directed by Paul Gross
Stars: Paul Gross, Connor Price, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Outerbridge, Kari Matchett, Molly Parker and Polly Shannon.

In a nutshell: A comedy movie centered around the sport of curling. A recently reunited curling team from a small Canadian town struggle to win the championship for the sake of their late coach.

Why it’s bad: It’s a comedy that unfortunately fails to be funny. The appearance of Leslie Nielsen (of The Naked Gun fame) as team coach fails to save the movie and the climactic final curling shot is an impossibility in the game of curling!

Wimbledon (2004)

Directed by Richard Loncraine
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Sam Neill, Jon Favreau, Bernard Hill

In a nutshell: A romantic comedy about a washed-up tennis pro named Peter Colt and an up-and-coming tennis star called Lizzie Bradbury during the Wimbledon Championships. An inspired Peter makes his way through to the Wimbledon tournament final.

Why it’s bad: The movie is hugely derivative and is a long, drawn-out affair. Despite the best efforts of the producers, some of the tennis scenes are a little unrealistic, and a few of the cameo roles from former tennis pros are a touch cringeworthy.

Caddyshack II (1988)

Directed by Allan Arkush
Stars: Jackie Mason, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Jonathan Silverman, and Jessica Lundy.

In a nutshell: Sequel to the 1980 cult classic golf comedy movie. Kate Hartounian and her mega-rich father, Jack, apply for membership at an exclusive golf club. Their application to join is rejected, so in retaliation, Jack buys the rights to the club and turns it into an amusement park-type golf club.

Why it’s bad: A painfully unfunny movie, it lacks much of the appeal and cast of the first movie. If you watch Caddyshack II, you’ll find yourself wanting to switch it off almost from the start! Dan Aykroyd is embarrassingly bad in his role as Captain Tom Everett

Space Jam (1996)

Directed by Joe Pytka, Tony Cervone, Bruce W. Smith.
Stars: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, Shawn Bradley, Looney Tunes characters

In a nutshell: An animated/live-action movie starring Michael Jordan opposite Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes characters. Aliens arrive on Earth to capture the Looney Tunes characters, but Bugs Bunny convinces the aliens that the Looney Tunes must be allowed to defend themselves – and challenges them to a basketball game.

Why it’s bad: It may be a cartoon movie aimed at children, but even so, the premise is total nonsense. It certainly lacks the quality of other animated/live action movies such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The most nausea-inducing point of the movie occurs when R. Kelly performs the song 'I Believe I Can Fly'. Kelly you can't, and this movie fails to take off too.

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