Razzies: Is Bad the Opposite of Good?

Dean Keith Simonton

in Great Flicks

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752034
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894857 | DOI:
Razzies: Is Bad the Opposite of Good?

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Some films have become well known precisely because they are so bad. To “dishonor” these bombs, the Golden Raspberries or “Razzies” have emerged as counterparts to the Oscars or Golden Globes. Instead of awards for the “best,” the Razzies are awards for the “worst.” This phenomenon then raises four big questions. First, are bad films the inverse of good films? Second, are bad films as bad as good films are good? Third, are bad films as cohesively bad as good films are cohesively good? Fourth, are bad films’ pluses/minuses good films’ minuses/pluses? These questions are addressed by comparing films that have received either Oscars or Razzies in the categories of picture, directing, acting, screenplay, and song. What remains to be determined is why some films are so bad that they become good—a pure “camp.”

Keywords: razzies; oscars; bad films versus good films; camp

Chapter.  5607 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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