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In "The Three Stooges: The Movie," Moe (Chris Diamantopolous), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) meet their old friend Teddy (Kirby Heyborne, right). Courtesy 20th Century Fox
The 10 worst movies of 2012: Sandler, Stooges and more

First Published Dec 27 2012 01:46 pm • Last Updated Dec 31 2012 01:34 pm

In Friday’s Tribune, in accordance with tradition on the last Friday of the year, The Cricket will reveal the Top 10 movies of 2012.

But what about the worst movies of the year?

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Yes, there is such a list, a cathartic way to purge The Cricket’s brain and soul of cinematic awfulness.

Here it is:

1. "That’s My Boy" • Adam Sandler hits rock bottom, and then keeps digging, in a crass and joyless father-son comedy.

2. "The Three Stooges" • The Farrelly Brothers’ love of the classic slapstick comedy doesn’t translate in this shrill remake. (Sorry to Utah native Kirby Heyborne, who finally got a starring role.)

3. "The Apparition" • A horror movie so ineptly constructed, it was still trying to establish atmosphere during the closing credits.

4. "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure" • A weirdly manic attempt to recreate some "Teletubbies" magic, but with zero charm or coherence.

5. "Fun Size" • Nickelodeon tries to make a PG-13 teen comedy, and fails to be comedic or teen-friendly.

6. "Last Ounce of Courage" • A heavy-handed, and dumbly written, right-wing diatribe against the so-called "War on Christmas." (Did anyone notice a lack of Christmas this week? Didn’t think so.)


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7. "Butter" • An even more dumbly written left-wing satire, set among the rubes of an Iowa butter-carving contest — with Jennifer Garner wasted as a Sarah Palin-esque figure.

8. "Alex Cross" • Tyler Perry proves to be a bust as an action hero, in this sickening police procedural.

9. "For Greater Glory" • An overwrought epic tale of Catholic counter-revolutionaries in Mexico, which turns out more silly than inspiring.

10. "Parental Guidance" • Billy Crystal just needs to shut up for a minute. Please.



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