‘Love Guru,’ Paris Hilton are top of the flops
Hollywood — Mike Myers comedy The Love Guru and celebrity socialite Paris Hilton were top of the flops at the 29th Razzie Awards, the annual eve-of-Oscars salute to the very worst of Hollywood.
Myers’ critically panned movie picked up three of the movie industry’s least coveted awards — a gold spray-painted raspberry — which organizers say are worth a whopping four dollars and ninety-seven cents.
The alleged comedy, about an ice hockey player who enlists the help of a mystic guru to help him turn around his professional and personal fortunes, picked up worst picture, worst actor for Myers and worst screenplay.
"At 88 minutes, The Love Guru would have benefited from a trim of roughly 80 minutes," was how the New York Post described the film, which the New York Times described as "downright anti-funny."
Yet Myers was rivalled in the Razzie stakes by celebutante Hilton, who made good on her pledge to seek a lower public profile following her 2007 prison drama by appearing in two movies in 2008 that no one watched.
Hilton scooped up the worst actress prize for The Hottie and the Nottie, a movie which Britain’s Daily Mirror decried as a movie "of monumental dreadfulness."
The hotel heiress also scored a rare double, winning the worst supporting actress Razzie for her cameo in Repo: The Genetic Opera, which was condemned variously as "awful, disgusting and insulting" — all in one review.
Hilton also added to her Razzie haul with the worst screen couple dishonour, again for her performance in The Hottie and the Nottie.
Meanwhile, German filmmaker Uwe Boll — branded the "Teutonic twerp of world cinema" — picked up the worst director Razzie as well as a worst career achievement award.
Boll’s fantasy film In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale was one of the most savagely reviewed movies of last year.
"A magnum dopus so utterly inept that it somehow comes off as perversely admirable," the Portland Mercury’s film critic commented. "The other two people at Friday’s matinee seemed to enjoy it, too."
Other notable winners on Saturday included former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who picked up the worst supporting actor for his performance in ABBA musical Mamma Mia.
Meanwhile Steven Spielberg’s revival of the Indiana Jones franchise in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was crowned worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel.