Worst Film Festival Ever

LORELAI: Got it. The worst film festival ever. Cool as Ice, Hudson Hawk, and Electric Boogaloo.
RORY: Sold.

Lorelai chooses a triple feature of poorly-received or ill-regarded films.

Cool as Ice, 1991 romantic musical comedy directed by David Kellogg and starring rapper Vanilla Ice in his film debut. The story is about a free-wheeling motorcycling rapper named Johnny who arrives in a small town and meets a student named Kathy (played by Kristin Minter), whose father disapproves of Johnny, but ends up needing his help when Kathy’s brother Tommy is kidnapped. It was a box office failure and received negative reviews. Vanilla Ice won Worst Actor at the Razzies. Kellogg later disowned the movie.

Hudson Hawk, 1991 action comedy film directed by Michael Lehmann and starring Bruce Willis in the title role; Willis also co-wrote the script and the theme song. Willis plays Eddie “Hudson Hawk” Hawkins, a master cat-burglar and safe-cracker trying to save the world from an evil corporation using a machine designed by Leonardo da Vinci. It’s a cartoonish slapstick comedy with surreal humour based on conspiracy theories, secret societies, and historic mysteries. A recurring plot device is Hudson Hawk singing songs with his partner to time and synchronise their exploits. It received harsh reviews, and failed at the box office, but did well on home video, and performed better outside the US. It received Worst Film, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay at the Razzies. It spawned a video game.

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, 1984 dance musical directed by Sam Firstenberg, the sequel to 1984 break dancing movie, Breakin‘. The story is about three dancers who try to save their community recreation centre from being demolished to make way for a shopping mall. The rapper Ice-T plays a role in it. There is a third film in the series, and none of them are connected, except for featuring Ice-T. It had a lacklustre performance at the box-office, and received mostly negative reviews, with a few notable exceptions, such as Roger Ebert. “Electric Boogaloo” has entered the pop culture lexicon to refer to a ridiculous sequel title, or a sequel to an obscure or eclectic film (or other work).

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