Why Should It Have Been Crap? The law of diminishing sequels. The lack of talent Stallone had displayed since the nineties elapsed. The fact that Rocky V sucked. The fact that this was the SIXTH movie in a franchise which has long passed its use-by date. The fact that it seemed like a money-grab. The fact that it could've easily been perceived as an egocentric move. Take your pick. Yet, Stallone pulled it off, and it was not in fact about the money.
Why Should It Have Been Crap? The law of diminishing returns. The fact that Stallone was 61 when the movie was shot. The fact that it was the fourth movie in a franchise which had been dormant for decades. But like Rocky Balboa, Stallone managed to make an unexpectedly excellent movie.
Why Should It Have Been Crap? First of all, there's the law of diminishing returns. And then there's the fact that it was planned as a direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray movie. And it was tagged as UniSol 3 despite there already having been three UniSol movies. More importantly, there hasn't been a worthwhile UniSol movie since the first one. It would seem a turkey was imminent. Against all odds, though, this is one great, badass action flick that's as good as the original which spawned it.
Why Should It Have Been Crap? Law of diminishing returns. Pussified PG-13 rating. Huge budget. Len Wiseman at the helm. Writers of Godsend. Justin Long as the side-kick. And so on. It may not be as good as one might've hoped, but it's not the disgrace that it could have been.
Why Should It Have Been Crap? It's a chick flick with a bunch of plastic actresses. Okay, so maybe this is more to do with my perceptions as a male, but nothing at all interested me about this movie - I expected it to be a fluffy, unfunny, generic, tedious chick flick...but I enjoyed the absolute hell out of it.
Why Should It Have Been Crap? First of all, the cast contains such names as Amanda Bynes and Channting Tatum, neither of whom I'm at all partial to. And come on, to the untrained eye it looks like a dumb, fluffy studio rom-com. But it's genuinely funny and enjoyable. I feel bad about liking it...but I do like it.
Why Should It Have Been Crap? Like other movies on this list, I just had no interest in seeing this because of its appearance as a fluffy movie for chicks. The trailer was not at all promising. I expected a turkey. I was surprised by a funny, sweet movie.
Why Should It Have Been Crap? It's the third movie in a franchise which was not exactly strong to begin with. Scary Movie 2 was awful, too. But, surprisingly, with the assistance of the guys behind Airplane!, Scary Movie 3 is actually really funny in my opinion. It's actually one of those comedies I can watch on a constant basis. People are free to disagree, of course, but I liked it.
Why Should It Have Been Crap? Come on, a fourth movie in the Scary Movie series? I doubt anyone expected this to be good. While some people did in fact hate this movie, in the end I liked it because I laughed a lot. It's certainly better than the despicable spoof dirge we were force-fed after this, such as Epic Movie and Disaster Movie.
Over the years, I've seen films that I expected would be crap, but ended up actually liking. These films had no right to be so damn good.