Selena Gomez’s new movie, Behaving Badly, was released over the weekend, and it has been given two thumbs down by critics everywhere. Behaving Badly is breaking records on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of zero! ZERO!
Don’t worry if you didn’t hear about it. First, Gomez’s Behaving Badly wasn’t widely marketed, and was only shown in a handful of theaters; It couldn’t even be found in any theater in New York, per Idolator. And second, even Selena Gomez herself has not mentioned one peep about her new film. Not even one little tweet.
Getting the score of a zero on Rotten Tomatoes is actually no small feat. Most critics, according to Vulture, would like to make their mark of changing the rating by at least one point. But in the case of Selena’s Behaving Badly, no one wants to bite that bullet.
Behaving Badly, directed by Tim Garrick, who also co-wrote the script with Scott Russell, based this so-called comedy on Ric Browde’s novel While I’m Dead…Feed The Dog. What’s interesting is that most authors are thrilled when their novel becomes a movie. Browde, however, says this film adaptation of his novel is “a piece of sh*t white-bread movie.” Ouch!
According to IMDB, Behaving Badly is about a teen-age boy, Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff from The Fault In Our Stars), who is willing to do whatever it takes to win the heart of Nina Pennington (Selena Gomez). “In his quest to land the girl of his dreams, he has to contend with her psycho ex, his best friend’s horny mother, a manic strip club manager, a perverted principal, a lecherous priest, his suicidal mother, and a patron saint with a camel toe. No one ever said love was easy.” What? That was the storyline written for IMDB?
One would think this guy, Rick, would have no problems with getting a girl’s attention, but that is not the case in Behaving Badly. Maybe it’s the fact he has crabs, which is revealed in the opening scene. The Examiner’s Travis Hopson even admits, “Yep, that’s the level of moronic humor that is quickly established and becomes the standard throughout a painful 96 minutes.”
The film also features celebrities Elisabeth Shue, Heather Graham, Mary-Louise Parker, and Dylan McDermott. But, critics don’t give them rave reviews either. Maybe they had car payments that were coming due, and needed the work. Either way, it doesn’t seem that they should be expecting a nod from The Academy any time in their foreseeable future.
One highlight was actually seeing a cameo by Justin Bieber wearing an orange jumpsuit. That may be reason enough to fork out the dough to buy a ticket.
Rotten Tomatoes is well-known for their critic reviews. So, let’s take advantage of their insight, and read what some critics have to say about Selena’s Behaving Badly:
“Behaving Badly is a dreadful sex comedy that gets worse and worse as its dopey story snowballs into relative incoherence.” — Los Angeles Times.
“This ruthlessly unfunny misfire should be quickly relegated to an IMDB trivia question after a brief theatrical bow.” — Variety
“Behaving Badly is a cross between Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, American Pie, Risky Business, the MILF channel on YouPorn, and a bucket of vomit.” — Vulture
“Behaving Badly is a contender for the worst film of the year.” — Movie Mezzanine
What makes this even more mind boggling is that Tim Garrick and Scott Russell spent their time writing this apparently atrocious script, so bad to the point of the novel’s author branding it trash, so to speak — and that Garrick then pitched this idea to someone in Hollywood who then found producers to invest their dollars into making this farce.
Selena Gomez’s 2013 movie The Getaway, with Ethan Hawke also flopped, although it went from a zero rating on Rotten Tomatoes to a whopping 2 percent. Woohoo, pop the champagne. And now her latest film sits at the bottom on Rotten Tomatoes with a big fat zero. For those of us from the outside looking in, it would seem that maybe Selena Gomez should stick to making music, and leave the movie-making industry to the professionals.
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