10. The Smurfs
Director: Raja Gosnell
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, Tim Gunn, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, Jeff Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Kenan Thompson, B.J. Novak
Very little in this world is more soul-crushing than helplessly watching a beloved childhood property get bastardized and trivialized into brainless kiddie fare. There’s at least one such piercing of the heart every year, and in 2011 it was The Smurfs that got the shaft. And boy was it a huge shaft.
Retaining virtually nothing from the original animated 1980s TV show, director Raja Gosnell (the same guy who ruined Scooby Doo for all of us with two crappy live-action movies) and his quartet of overpaid screenwriters turned the little blue guys (and gal) into harbingers of product placements and sophomoric comedy. Yes, in case you're wondering, Smurfs do have flatulence, and, no, replacing harsh words with “smurf” (“Where the smurf are we?”—actual dialogue from the movie) is never funny. Smurf you, Hollywood.