Are Cameron Diaz's Razzie-Nominated Films Bad, or So-Bad-They're-Good? An Investigation
Cameron Diaz is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, but that doesn't mean all of her movies are box-office hits. Throughout the past two decades, she's done a mix of great comedies and dramas, but never won a big award, in spite of nominations for the likes of Being John Malkovich, There's Something About Mary, and Vanilla Sky. This year, however, she could take home three awards... just not exactly what she was hoping for, I imagine. Diaz is nominated for three Golden Raspberry Awards and her films are up for five Razzies overall, including Sex Tape, Annie, and The Other Woman. Looking back, she's dodged bullets over the years with only three other Razzie nominations during her 20 years in the business, and she hasn't won one yet.
With this history in mind, I had to think back to just how bad these Razzie-nominated movies are, because I've actually seen them all. I didn't walk out of any of them thinking they were down right atrocious, but I will admit that playing the lack-of-chemistry card for her and Ashton Kutcher in What Happens in Vegas (pun intended) was well-deserved. But were these movies bad, or so-bad-they're-good? Let's break it down.
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
As far as sequels go, Full Throttle wasn't exactly a great one. Diaz was nominated for Worst Actress in the film, but lost the Razzie to Jennifer Lopez in Gigli. Personally, I don't think she did any worse of a job than her costars, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. You can't take these movies too seriously, and it was a remake, so the cards were already stacked against it. I haven't re-watched this movie since it came out in 2003, but the dance scene Diaz has is something worth taking a look at.
What Happens in Vegas
I remember seeing this movie in theaters, or actually more so one line in the trailer. "What's mine is yours, baby, don't you remember?" Diaz taunts Kutcher as she raises her ring finger at him. It was kind of like if How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days had no chemistry and was for $3 million instead of a magazine article and winning a bet, and it deserved its Worst Screen Couple Razzie nomination. As for Worst Actress (which Diaz was nominated for), I'd say it was a meh screenplay and not her bad acting in the movie. She lost out both awards to Paris Hilton this year for The Hottie & the Nottie, naturally.
This was one of those movies that you go to see knowing it's not going to be great, but you hope it will be funny. And it was, at times. Jason Segel and Diaz actually had decent chemistry (even though they were nominated for Worst Screen Combo this year), and the biggest problem with the movie was its weird premise. The plot takes some bizarre turns, so it deserves the Worst Screenplay nod, but overall it wasn't Worst Actress-worthy for Diaz. It's just not a great movie, no matter who was cast.
The Other Woman
I walked away from The Other Woman loving it a lot more than I thought I would. Again, crazy premise and totally outrageous when it comes to physical comedy, but Diaz worked well with Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. Also, she and Taylor Kinney had great chemistry (though anyone could have great chemistry with Kinney) and she delivered some funny lines. Not a movie I would watch all the time, but she doesn't deserve Worst Actress for this one.
If you look at Annie as its own movie and not as a remake, it's pretty good. Diaz was the weakest link here not because of her acting — she got a Worst Supporting Actress nod for this, as well as the film getting Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel — but because Miss Hannigan was too retooled. She wasn't evil enough! And Diaz isn't a singer, so her song, "Little Girls," felt a little misplaced and weird. I think that Diaz did the best job that she could here, but maybe it wasn't the perfect role for her.
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