Which is the WORST Jodie Forster film?
(Excluding THE BEAVER because of Mel Gibson, and because it's too easy.)
I'll go with Little Man Tate. Blech.
Well, you have bad taste, r1.
Anna and the King sucked. Nell, however, was fantastic.
none of the above
Jodie made a lot of stinkers in the eighties before "The Accused" brought her adult stardom
The Brave One is honest to God one of the worst films I've ever seen in my life.
Siesta (Jodie herself hates this....although it does have Gabriel Bryne frontal nudity)
Why, R6 (never watched it, though I almost did)
Sommersby sucks monkey balls.
What about Nim's Island? I haven't seen it, but it sure seems like it might be a stinker.
Carnage sure isn't a great one. Not even Foster can make some of her lines sound convincing.
I think The Brave One is one of her better performances.
The Mel Gibson flick - The Gambler - sucked cankerous balls.
I actually liked "Siesta". And "Hotel New Hampshire"
Why is Contact even an option?
What about the puppet movie? She directed it. I think it should be included as an option.
Contact is an okay movie. All the others on the list are awful.
Foster's only done a few good movies. She has terrible taste choosing roles.
Why did Cydney eat so much beaver?
Because Jodie Forster.
I went with Panic Room, it needed another twist to the plot.
I watched "Nim's Island" with my nephews. It wasn't bad at all, R9.
"The Brave One" was OKish except for the hokey feel good ending which was obviously the result of audience testing.
Judith Sheindlin biopic, "Judge Jodie"
Apparently all film endings are supposed to be "bad" so that pretentious twats like r20 will approve.
Flightplan was kind of outlandish.
I caught "Siesta" years ago on late night cable and I only remember it was really bizarre, like a fever dream. I don't even remember Jodie in it. Wasn't Ellen Barkin the main character? I'd love to see it again but it's not on DVD. Great score by Miles Davis - I do own the soundtrack.
Little Man Tate is pretty excruciating.
[quote]The Mel Gibson flick - The Gambler - sucked cankerous balls.
It was called "Maverick," sugartits.
I really liked Little Man Tate. I thought it was an interesting subject and the little boy reminded me of my nephew. I wonder if making the movie fucked up his life, enhanced it or neither?
Well it could be because you're an idiot r25.
Can you read, R15?
Leave my cankerous balls out of this, you sugar-titted matza ball Jewess cunt!
Why is that the question? You must be a hater. Jodie has made a number of wonderful movies. And no, I am not she. Why on Earth would you pinpoint her? The fact that she appeared in Taxi Driver, The Accused, Carny, Foxes, Five Corners, and Stealing Home ... all before 1989 ... should exclude her from such an obnoxious survey question.
r32 = John Hinckley, Jr.
Well then I guess Hinckley is an honest person r33.
[quote]isn't Ellen Barkin the main character?
I think it's that film she directed with Robert Downey and Holly Hunter and the incomparable Geraldine Chaplin as a farting old ninny.
[quote]I think it's that film she directed with Robert Downey and Holly Hunter and the incomparable Geraldine Chaplin as a farting old ninny.
Home for the Holidays.
I didn't like it much the first time I saw it (I expected more of a comedy), but my partner loves it. I now think it's a pretty good movie.
"Little Man Tate" has to be one of the movie film TITLES ever
[quote]"Little Man Tate" has to be one of the movie film TITLES ever
Yes, it's a movie TITLE!!!
A gem with a killer stare”
— \tJodie Foster about Jennifer Lawrence
So Jodie is impressed with Jennifer...
Panic Room was one of those movies that had a great trailer. Dang, I was excited to see it...
But the movie itself was a huge disappointment.
Though some of the films on the list were disappointing at best, none should be on the Worst list. I'll watch Jodie Foster in just about anything (even enjoyed Siesta which has an eerie David Lynch dreamlike quality and a killer soundtrack by Miles Davis). However one of her worst movies, by her own admission, has to be the French comedy "Moi Fleur Bleue" ("Stop Calling Me Baby") which she did at 15 and even that has some value as bizarre period piece of its times (Jodie gets her cherry popped by an adult friend of the family and nobody bats an eyelid). The one that is beyond all kind of redemption has to be Dennis Hopper's "Backtrack".
No one saw Moi Fleur Bleue, R42
I tried to watch Backtrack, but there was an earthquake and the power went out, so I only got to see a few minutes of it.
Ha Ha. She was in The Beaver.
I actually did, r43, but you're right "Moi Fleur Bleue" is better left unseen. As for "Backtrack" all I can say is you got yourself a new 90 minutes lease on life. I know I'll never get mine back.
Do people actually like CONTACT? What was the message of that film - SCIENCE = FAITH?
flightplan was horrible.
i like contact.
No mention of BUGSY MALONE?
I liked the Brave One. I love movies with women kicking ass.
Panic Room was an excellent action film.
The Beaver without a shadow of a doubt, one of the worst films I've ever seen.
Interesting that JLaw was in it, I can barely remember her. JLaw was also with Anton Yelchin as a cameo in Like Crazy but stuck out more there. And I didn't know theatre legend Cherry Jones was too - she'd be one of those "know the face people)
I liked Flight Plan (Sarsgaard creepy sexiness) and the female Death Wish The Brave One.
Jodie gold: Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone, The Accused, TSOTL
Jodie duds: Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (though it's just about average)
Her chemistry with men is non-existent.
Are there any films in which she has a love scene with another woman?
"Well then I guess Hinckley is an honest person"
You forgot to take your meds, John.
[quote]Nell, however, was fantastic.
Nell's saving grace was the skinny-dipping scene with Liam Neeson.
[quote]Her chemistry with men is non-existent.
Severely limited actress. If gay male actors of all stripes can do it, why can't she?
It's a good thing her directorial effort "Flora Plum" never got made. Russell Crowe as a "circus beast" and Claire Danes as the trapeze artist he falls in love with...yes, that certainly would have gotten on a few "worst of" lists.
My favorite character was Clarice, my second favorite was Madeline White (Inside Man).
I'm guessing Madeline is close to how professional Jodie is mannerism wise.
Sometimes I talk like Nell just for fun.
I liked a lot of her films but the one with
Lithgow was worst1
Ridiculous r56. You say this every time yet never back it up.
She's had great chemistry with Terrance Howard and full romantic chemistry with the French actor in A Very Long Engagement.
The "chemistry" criticism is just lying from the usual scum who want to arbitrarily trash someone.
This is the first time I've commented on Jodie's lack of chemistry with her leading men, R61.
You may have read similar comments here because many people have trouble picturing Foster in a romantic pairing with any man, and her movies haven't exactly changed that.
Bullshit r63, same writing pattern. And it's not usual, even on DL, surprisingly.
It's always that one poster who happens to write word for word.
[quote]full romantic chemistry with the French actor in A Very Long Engagement.
I forgot she was in that. I knew I saw her in something French and wondered why she hadn't been in more French stuff. Sandra Bullock should be in a German film as well.
Actually, I wonder how she would do in a lesbian role showing affection? Maybe she has a hard time showing affection whether with men or women?
In an interview of yester year she mentioned that she has to remind her friends that she doesn't feel cold even if that is what she shows, or something to that affect.
That quote made me think she might be an aspie. Or, maybe it was the result of a tough childhood with little time to be a kid.
There's always trolldar, R64. If you could ever be bothered, you'd see I have barely ever posted in any Foster threads. You have no idea who I am.
[quote]Bullshit [R63], same writing pattern. And it's not usual, even on DL, surprisingly.
When you've tracked down these repeat posters, be sure and alert the New York Times and the Washington Post. The public needs to know what shocking things are going on at DL.
Lord, r68 please don't try to be witty.
Right, r67 cause no one here knows how to erase cookies.
Shut up all of you.
[quote] Do people actually like CONTACT? What was the message of that film - SCIENCE = FAITH?
As someone who teaches science for a living, I have to say that Contact portrayed the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life fairly realistically and based on actual scientific speculations and theories (it's Sagan, after all.) I certainly did not get the impression that it was trying to equate science and faith. The movie has its flaws but not for those reasons.
The lesbian at R69 just doesn't give up.
Contact is a dated snooze. I voted for Nell though.
Another one who likes The Brave One, though the beginning, with all the unconvincing romance, is cringe-worthy. The second time I watched the film I skipped to the point where the fiance is dead.
I was surprised at the chemistry Foster had with Howard in that film (she had none with the guy playing her lover).
This was one of her last great performances, too. Hollywood must not like her since they completely skipped her during the awards season that year.
shut it r71. So far you are the only one still continuing.
She was nominated r73 for a GG and another award for that role. If Hollywood didn't like her, she wouldn't have a nearly 50 year career, seriously.
r61 is right. Her scene in A Very Long Engagement is bubbling with unspoken sexual tension and one of the finest acting she's ever done. She did have a sort of "lesbian love moment" with Nastassja Kinski in Hotel New Hampshire but nothing to write home about: just a shot of the two of them snuggling in bed followed by a shot of a very shocked Rob Lowe. Come to think of it, that movie is one of the worst adaptations of a novel I've ever seen.
Love her campy 'Joan Collins meets Maggie Thatcher' turn in Inside Man. It was refreshing to see her playing a villain (at least not a saintly heroin for a change) and a feminine one at that - even if she looked like a drag queen in progress trying to walk on those high heels.
Voted for Contact because I saw it from start to finish. Didn't make it past the first few minutes of the Panic Room or The Brave One, and I am willing to bet The Brave One is the absolute worst.
It saddens me because I've enjoyed several Neil Jordan's movies
I find it hard to believe that she's won two Oscars with her mannered and wooden performances.
R61 yes that storyline with personal favourite Jérôme Kircher
Before he started making movies I saw him as Konstantin in The Seagull on stage. He was fantastic and I went to see him in other productions after that. He has tremendous chemistry with any woman.
He is Irène Jacob's man btw, or was a few years ago. They have kids together.
She has good chemistry with Nastassjia Kinski. (They had an affair in real life)
Nastassja Kinski is stunning.
An IKEA chair would have good chemistry with Nastassja Kinski.
Any movie where she clenches her jaw and her forehead vein pops out in righteous indignation. Oh...that's her entire film oeuvre.
I agree that I'm unimpressed by Foster's career in general, but she was the supreme child actress in the 70s. The best of those movies still hold up great too.
"Backtrack" (also called "Catchfire") needs to be on that poll. It's hard to believe a movie with such a stellar cast could be so incredibly bad. Jodie looked great, though.
I'll say my favorite Jodie Foster performance is THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE.
I forgot about "Hotel New Hampshire". That had to be one of the weirdest movies I've seen.
Everybody wants a piece of Jodie.
Hotel New Hampshire was weird but fun. The only reason Kinski got offered the part was because of her affair with Foster
Wow, OP. This is a difficult poll. I had no idea she's made so many bad movies. And yes, there are a few you haven't listed. I saw Nim's Island when I babysat my nieces and it was pretty terrible. Gerard Butler and Jodie as romantic interests.
There was this show on circa 90s long before any of her coming outs about lesbian subtext in films with lesbians talking about their favourite cinema moments.
Jodie was singled out heavily as pinging their gaydar and this seemingly innocuous scene from one of her teenaged films where she was at the stall at a fairground or something was singled out as bubbling with lesbian sexual tension.
In another similar show of lesbians discussing their faves, Darlene of Roseanne was picked a lot. They never said she was gay, but this was long before she announced it.
Agree she was an outstanding kid actor: "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," the original "Freaky Friday," and the TV series of "Paper Moon" were all excellent. I'd like to see her as one of the idiosyncratic guest-lawyers on The Good Wife.
Looks like we have a winner: Anna and the King
I'm surprised Catchfire isn't on the list. It is an Alan Smittee oeuvre.
The only good thing about Flightplan was Matt Bomer in a flight attendant uniform. Probably his gayest role so far!
I don't like her acting, she is always trying so hard. I never forget seeing Jodie Foster.
Maverick, Silence of the Lambs and Accused are her best to me. And I'd give extra points to maverick for being so unlike everything else she usually does.
She was terrible in Inside Man.
I thought Panic Room was one of her best.
You're crazy R97. She was so fun in Inside Man. I still remember my friends and I saying we wish there was more Jodie and less (very dull) Denzel as we walked out of the movie theater.
If Inside Man is a comedy, then yes. To me she was just so fake. Her tone clashed with the whole movie as far as I was concerned. Hated, hated, hated her performance. Difference of perceptions./
Inside Men is a heist film. I thought Jodie was quite good in it.
Jodie's calves should have won an Oscar in, "Inside Man".
I thought Jodie looked amazing in Panic Room. I think she was a couple months pregnant when filming,
Elysium - She played her role like a cartoon character. ( with an utterly ridiculous accent I may add )
IMO she did the same on Inside Man, Gazo.
Silence of the Lambs is Foster's Boys Don't Cry - good actress with limited range who got the role of her lifetime and made the most of it.
As any actor should, R106. I'm all for it.
I didn't care for her performance in Inside Man. She doesn't do over the top well, because she has no sense of humor.
Actually she does have a sense of humour, if you pay attention to her interviews.
R109 is right.
As an actress she doesn't have a sense of humor.
Chicka, chicka, chickabee.
T'ee an me an t'ee an me.
Ressa, ressa, ressa me,
Chicka, chicka, chickabee.
This is a hard one because she has never done a bad film so have to go on least best which to me is Sommersby by my taste in films but she did a great job in it and panic room, she was director and had an actor to play the part who got sick so Jodie stepped in and did both act and direct and it came out great. Not easy to do a film based only in one house like that and pull it off or one plane like she did.
She takes on hard roles and makes them great. Best actor of anyone her age or younger.
"All of the above."
r113 = John W. Hinckley, Jr.
She did a great job directing Panic Room.
Hotel New Hampshire is one of the dullest films I have ever seen.
Her films are fine, but she has to be one of the most wooden, coldest film actresses I've ever seen.
"Carnage sure isn't a great one. Not even Foster can make some of her lines sound convincing."
Marcia Gay Harden had no problem making those lines convincing every night on Broadway, and, incidentally walked away with a Tony.
Can anybody compare the casts of Carnage of the film vs the play?
I have not seen either. Wish I had seen the stage version.
R117 - I haven't seen it in years, but I recall Jodie being very good in Hotel New Hampshire.
This has nothing to do with Jodie, but I thought "Hotel New Hampshire" was the strangest film I have ever seen.