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    Updated on Apr 2, 2020. Posted on Mar 29, 2020

    23 So-Called "Classic" Movies That People Told Us They Hated (And Why)

    WARNING: highly controversial opinions ahead.

    We asked you, the BuzzFeed Community, which "classic" movies you just don't "get" and we got a lot of passionate responses! Here are 23 so-called "classic" movies some people just can't get behind.

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    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

    1. Mean Girls (2003)

    Lorne Michaels Productions

    "It's just a movie about toxic friends being toxic and manipulative. It's not even funny. I don't see what's so great about it."

    afriendlywall

    2. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

    Castle Rock Entertainment Nelson Entertainment

    "Neither of them are likable, so I don’t give a toss if they end up happy. And that orgasm scene isn’t iconic, it’s cringey."

    stipyit

    3. Forrest Gump (1994)

    Wendy Finerman Productions

    "I think it’s boring and sad. Jenny takes advantage of him. It’s not funny. I don’t know, everyone thinks I’m crazy for disliking it but I find it so unenjoyable."

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    4. Love Actually (2003)

    StudioCanal Working Title Films DNA Films

    "I hate Love Actually. Hate it. I’ve never liked it. All of the characters are terrible, and it’s not nearly as heartwarming as everyone makes it out to be. It’s just terrible people being terrible to each other and then doing moderately good things to try to redeem themselves in the end. I can’t stand it."

    strangerthanitseems

    5. Ghostbusters (1984)

    Columbia-Delphi Productions Black Rhino

    "Ghostbusters is a bad movie. No backstory is given about how these guys developed their tools. Winston has absolutely no purpose in the film whatsoever except to provide the car. Sigourney Weaver spends 90% of the film in an 'orgasmic' state. The entire plot with the Gatekeeper is very difficult to follow and is overly complicated. The reason it’s a cult classic is because it was innovative for its time and people enjoy watching Sigourney Weaver in mid-coitus."

    maetelle

    6. High School Musical (2006)

    Disney

    "I hate that movie. I hate the music, the acting, the everything. I can't get past five minutes in the movie without being bored. Like what is the hype behind it?"

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    7. Elf (2003)

    New Line Cinema Guy Walks Into a Bar Productions

    "I just found it cringeworthy, boring, and not funny. Yet everybody is obsessed with it for some reason."

    angelbun

    8. Die Hard (1988)

    Gordon Company Silver Pictures

    "I never really saw the appeal in Die Hard. It’s just some sweaty, testosterone-packed men with guns running around after a very cliché German terrorist???"

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    9. Titanic (1997)

    Paramount Pictures/ 20th Century Fox

    "I’ve tried to watch it several times, in different stages of life, with different people, and I have never been able to get into it. I don’t know if it’s just too cheesy to me or what, but I cannot enjoy it."

    rebeccaw41ea4fe05

    10. The Notebook (2004)

    Gran Via

    "I watched it for the first time with friends who had seen it before and loved it. It definitely didn't live up to the hype. I thought it was kind of boring, I didn't like how Allie and Noah ended up together (thought the other guy was way better) and the ending was kinda predictable. I don't think it should be as celebrated as it is."

    theobscurial

    11. The Godfather (1972)

    Paramount Pictures Alfran Productions

    "After the first two hours I called my brother to ask if I was missing something. And I wasn’t. It was really that boring and unimpressive. And I like slow-burning films, but I guess I was expecting this amazing, timeless story and was unimpressed."

    savannahd46856fdb8

    12. Star Wars (1977)

    Lucasfilm Ltd.

    "I was 18 when a friend finally convinced me to watch Star Wars. I thought it was just so weird and stupid, and I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the euphemisms (“At that speed, do you think you could pull out in time?”). I know I’m in the minority here, obviously the entire franchise spans generations and people love it. More power to you all, and I hope it’s been an enjoyable ride through all the films...I’m just gonna sit it out."

    maloric2

    13. Sixteen Candles (1984)

    Universal Pictures Channel Productions

    "Sixteen Candles isn't good. The love interests barely talked. There was racism and a date rape scene. It was pretty bad and not iconic."

    acmcneil2

    14. Pulp Fiction (1994)

    A Band Apart Jersey Films

    "WTF is going on? I’m not a film expert and I definitely don’t claim to be but I just don’t like it. It’s not interesting, the characters are bland, and I just don’t get the layout. I’ve watched other Tarantino films and understood them fine but this one I can’t comprehend why people glorify and worship it as one of the best films of all time. There was no purpose and I hated the timelines! At the end I was just confused and irritated for wasting my time on something that people claimed was amazing. It’s not even close to that. It’s a 4/10 at best."

    thuienguyen

    15. Back to the Future (1985)

    Universal Pictures/ Amblin Entertainment

    "I can't stand it!! The premise is stupid, the plot is not only ridiculous, but pretty damn creepy and it wasn't even that funny. I love Michael J. Fox as much as the next person, but I just don't understand why people love these movies."

    iwishiwasabronte

    16. Top Gun (1986)

    Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films

    "Top Gun is the worst film from the '80s. There’s no humor and no real action. The entire movie is just planes flying around shooting things while 'Danger Zone' plays in the background, featuring Tom Cruise as a creepy misogynist asshole. The soundtrack includes the most forgettable and annoying pop/rock songs from the early '80s. They are overplayed to the point where you think, ‘If I ever have to hear 'Take My Breath Away' again after this, I will throw my head into the wall.' I hate this movie passionately and cannot wait for the sequel to flop at the box office."

    nicoles4068c409a

    17. The Breakfast Club (1985)

    A&M Films Channel Productions

    "I don't find any of the characters likable even in a quirky sense. The man character 'bad boy Bender' is problematic AF. I understand the "complexities" of each character and their development (I was forced to watch this movie for an anthropology class, of all things) and I think people are digging too deep. It's just not a compelling story to me and I don't get its continued hype."

    mruthwerhan

    18. Jaws (1975)

    Zanuck/Brown Company Universal Pictures

    "Jaws is so boring even though it's meant to be a 'classic.' It's one hour of people complaining about a shark and another hour about people trying and failing to catch said shark. Why is the 'We're gonna need a bigger boat' line so iconic? It's nothing special?! Honestly one of the most uninteresting films ever made."

    costcoffee

    19. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

    Jurow-Shepherd

    "It’s so racist and so long. I honestly never even finished it because I couldn't follow the plot. Audrey Hepburn's character is unbearable."

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    20. The Princess Bride (1987)

    Act III Communications Buttercup Films The Princess Bride Ltd.

    "I thought it was terrible! The acting is poor, the jokes aren’t funny. Why do people love it so much?"

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    21. Grease (1978)

    Paramount Pictures

    "A woman changing herself for a man and then driving off into the clouds? I love a good musical (theater kids where you at?!) but the whole premise is terrible. It is literally an iconic movie about sexism and how a girl should change herself for a mediocre guy. The characters are shallow and rude. Sorry people, but it is outdated and sexist. Time to give it a rest!"

    killerkat11

    22. Gone With The Wind (1939)

    Selznick International Pictures Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    "Scarlett falls for a literal trash bag of a man who is much older, sexist as hell, treats her horribly, and she's just all, 'Oh Rhett, what will I do without you?' Girl, get a grip!"

    zoecatherinegrant

    23. And Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I’m a huge '80s movie fan, but this one just puts me to sleep. It’s somehow a slow-paced action movie? Toward the end you’re just waiting for it to be over."

    rivercoreyralph1985

    Were there any movies that you think we missed? Leave a comment below explaining which "classic" movie you just don't understand!

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    Disclaimer: These aren't my thoughts or opinions but be nice to each other in the comments so that we can have a healthy debate!

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