Last night, the 84th Academy Awards honored the best in film, but it’s often the worst movies that we find the most entertaining. And our favorite type of terrible movie? Pretty much any flick a pop star graces with their presence. Sure, there are exceptions — like Justin Timberlake shining in 2010′s The Social Network, or Cher winning an Oscar for her work in 1987′s Moonstruck — but even if we love the performer, we don’t always love the films they star in. We’ve picked the Top 13 bad movies featuring fourteen pop stars who really should have been picker when choosing projects. (And to prove just how awful these movies are, we’ve arranged them by their Rotten Tomatoes score.)
Kelly Rowland in Freddy Vs. Jason, 2003. Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Well, if you’re going to appear in a bad movie, you might as well make it a horror film, particularly one that combines two classic franchises together.
Christina Aguilera and Cher in Burlesque, 2010. Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
Two abysmal pop star performances for the price of one!
Katy Perry (as the voice of Smurfette) in The Smurfs, 2011. Rotten Tomatoes: 23%
Since this is a voiceover performance only, we’re spared the sight of Katy facepalming throughout this film.
Beyonce in Obsessed, 2009. Rotten Tomatoes: 20%
We’d rather see a Foxy Cleopatra spin-off than sit through this once.
Miley Cyrus in The Last Song, 2010. Rotten Tomatoes: 19%
Prepare for LOL to sink even lower than Miley’s wannabe tearjerker.
Justin Timberlake in The Love Guru, 2008. Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
JT is so charming, he can walk away from this Mike Myers dreck and still remain loveable.
Taylor Swift in Valentine’s Day, 2010. Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
The only evidence we need that Swift should have never been in contention for the role of Eponine in Les Miserables.
Snoop Dogg in Soul Plane, 2004. Rotten Tomatoes: 18%
We can’t really blame Snoop for this unfunny comedy, since he think he was basically typecast to play himself.
Britney Spears in Crossroads, 2002. Rotten Tomatoes: 14%
She’s not a girl, not yet a woman, and definitely not an actress.
Kelly Clarkson in From Justin to Kelly, 2003. Rotten Tomatoes: 8%
At least Kelly had the good sense to never try this again. (And to her credit, she never wanted to – it was in her contract with Idol that she star a film.)
Mariah Carey in Glitter, 2001. Rotten Tomatoes: 7%
Mariah’s subtle, understated performance in Precious absolves all (well, most) of her sins from this amazingly awful film.
Jennifer Lopez in Gigli, 2003. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%.
Gigli, unsurprisingly, is her lowest-scoring film, though it had serious competition from the other movies in J.Lo’s canon: The Back-Up Plan (19%), Maid In Manhattan (39%), Angel Eyes (33%), Enough (22%), The Wedding Planner (17%), Jack (17%) and Monster In Law (16%).
Madonna in Swept Away, 2002. Rotten Tomatoes: 5%
Well, this could have been good, theoretically. The film is a remake from the well-reviewed 1974 version of the same name, directed by Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmüller (who, by the way, would become the first woman nominated for a Best Director Oscar). But proving that a couple should never work together, Madge paired up with her then-hubby Guy Ritchie for this mind-numbingly dumb modern take on a story featuring Madonna playing an arrogant, spoiled rich woman who soon turns obediently subservient to a man. Who wants to see Madonna play either of those things for 90 minutes?
What terrible movies starring pop stars did we leave off this list? Tell us below!