The pandemic means many people are spending a lot of time at home without a lot of entertainment options. They don’t go to sporting events, concerts or cinemas, and in many cases their children don’t go to school.
One thing they do is watch a lot of movies online, and often with their kids. Almost two years into the pandemic, they’ve probably seen a lot of good ones already. And what does that leave? The less good.
To help people make informed decisions about what to watch next, 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of the worst G-rated movies of all time, and from that list picked the worst.
According to the Motion Picture Association, G is for general audiences, which means there is nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence, or other subject matter that, in the opinion of the committee of rating, may offend parents whose children are viewing the image. That might not sound like a whole lot of fun for adults, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a movie is bad.
It’s the G-movie you might want to avoid, though, or leave until you’ve watched everything else, or watch with low expectations. Some people might even want to watch them because they are portrayed as so bad. Taste is subjective and some things are so bad they’re almost good.
One thing to note is that many of these films on our finalist list are sequels, which often get worse with each episode of a series.
To determine the worst G-rated movie ever made, 24/7 Tempo developed an index based on multiple metrics from the Internet Movie Database and Rotten Tomatoes. Only G-rated films were considered. The index is an equally weighted composite of the films IMDb RankingRotten Tomatoes audience score and rotten tomatoes Tomatometer score. Only films with at least 25,000 reviews on IMDb, 5,000 ratings reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and 10 reviews from Tomatometer critics were considered. The data was collected mid-March 2022.
Many of the movies we watched are aimed at younger audiences. It would be disappointing to watch them for the first time today as adults, but they have considerable nostalgia for those who saw them years ago as children. Pokémon was a huge cultural sensation, but the first three Pokémon movies were panned by critics.
However, the list of terrible G-rated movies we reviewed isn’t entirely made up of kids’ movies. Although G-ratings today carry the connotation that movies are aimed at children, that wasn’t always the case, and several older movies here focus on more mature subject matter. A John Wayne war movie and several “Planet of the Apes” sequels are also among the worst G-rated movies ever made.
The worst G-rated movie is The Jungle Book 2 (2003). Here are the details:
> Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
> Director(s): Steve Trenbirth
> With: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Tony Jay, Mae Whitman
The sequel to Disney’s “The Jungle Book” arrived nearly 40 years after the original and was criticized for having a very similar plot to the first film. “This inferior revamp of The Jungle Book should have gone straight to video,” according to Rotten Tomatoes reviewer consensus.
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