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    17 Actors Whose Performances Completely Saved What Otherwise Would've Been "Meh" Movies

    "It's ridiculous and pretty dumb when you think about it, but the cast makes it so much fun you don’t care."

    Recently, on my personal favorite subreddit, r/movies, redditor u/TotallyUnbiased666 asked, "What movies should have sucked, but the actors made it great?" and movie lovers really came through with some A+ answers.

    So, with that in mind, here are just a few of the most popular responses shared:

    1. Deadpool (2016)

    Deadpool looks directly at the camera

    "It's hard to imagine it being nearly as good as it is without Ryan Reynolds. I honestly don't know who else could even come close to filling that role."

    u/FirstLeftDoor

    You can watch a clip of the performance(s) here:

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    2. Fighting with My Family (2019)

    A woman drapes a fake belt over her shoulder

    "It probably would've just been an average sports movie without Florence Pugh!"

    u/pi_face_ 

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    3. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

    closeup of Eddie Murphy

    "That movie is as cliché as it gets. A sarcastic, trouble-making cop? It's been done a million times. Eddie Murphy is the reason it stands out as one of the best."

    u/TotallyUnbiased666

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    4. Superbad (2007)

    A group of three teenage boys stand around each other

    "I feel like on paper, it should have just been another forgetful teen party movie, but the cast and creators really all came together nicely."

    u/gahgah_

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    5. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

    A man riding a horse

    "Alan Rickman turned this into something worth watching. Honestly, Kevin Costner's English accent — or lack there of — should've ruined it, but against Alan Rickman, it just seems to work."

    u/christopia86

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    6. Face/Off (1997)

    Two men standing side by side, one half of their faces in shadow

    "It's hard to imagine being good without Nicolas Cage and John Travolta."

    u/farfetchedfrank

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    7. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

    A man and a woman talk to someone off screen

    "I’m not sure it would’ve sucked, but it's definitely great because of Joe Pesci and Marissa Tomei."

    u/TeamStark31

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    8. Devil Wears Prada (2006)

    A woman enters an elevator

    "It would've been mediocre without Meryl Streep — instead, it's excellent."

    u/lgj202

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    9. Lockout (2012)

    A man smokes a cigarette while putting on a jacket

    "Guy Pearce singlehandedly made that a watchable movie."

    u/Miklonario

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    10. Demolition Man (1993)

    A man aims a gun to the sky

    "If it hadn't been for Wesley Snipes, it would have been just another Sylvester Stallone movie."

    u/All_the_cake

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    11. We Bought a Zoo (2011)

    A group of people walk into a zoo

    "On paper, totally unremarkable and even a bit cliché. But it all somehow comes together perfectly — which the director gets credit for as well — and becomes something utterly charming and heartfelt."

    u/Dottsterisk

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    12. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

    A group of four men stand around a hot tub

    "It is the stupidest idea for a movie, but the whole cast really sold it. I love that movie so much."

    u/stateofbrine

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    13. Venom (2018)

    A man talks to a demon

    "Tom Hardy’s performance made me enjoy it a lot more than I thought I would."

    u/callmemacready

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    14. The Untouchables (1987)

    A group of men stand in the street, holding guns

    "While not a bad movie, it's definitely elevated by its cast. Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, and Andy Garcia are all next-level good in that movie and make it so fun to watch."

    u/tramdog

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    15. Armageddon (1998)

    A group of men in astronaut uniforms walk toward a shuttle

    "It's ridiculous and pretty dumb when you think about it, but the cast makes it so much fun you don’t care."

    u/bongo1100

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    16. Love, Actually (2003)

    A woman answers the front door

    "This is a B movie with one of the world's great casts."

    u/HPmoni

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    And finally:

    17. Bullet Train (2022)

    Two men look at another man, who's off-camera

    "It would’ve been atrocious if it wasn’t for Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Their characters' chemistry was chef's kiss."

    u/Miserable_Track_1885

    You can watch a clip of the performance(s) here:

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    You've read their picks, but now it's your turn. Which actors/ensemble casts did they miss? What movie should've been "meh," but was totally saved by the actors? Share your pick(s) in the comments below!

    Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit.

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