`Dirty Love' comes from behind to win worst movie

It lasted just one week in 40 theaters

March 06, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

You know you've got a bad movie on your hands when hardly anybody sees it, and it's still voted the worst film of the year.

Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Love, a movie so bad that 40 of the 42 U.S. theaters in which it opened last September got rid of it after only one week, was the surprise winner of the Razzie for the worst film of 2005 during ceremonies Saturday night at Hollywood's Ivar Theatre.

In winning the Razzie, Dirty Love was judged the worst from a list of cinematic dreck that included Son of the Mask, House of Wax, The Dukes of Hazzard and Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo.

Even if few Razzie voters saw the film (it earned less than $60,000 at the box office), Dirty Love's reputation alone was enough to earn it top dishonors at the 26th annual worst-in-film ceremony sponsored by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.

The film also "won" worst actress and worst screenplay Razzies for McCarthy, who had few people other than herself to blame for the film. Although she didn't direct it, her ex-husband, John Asher, did, earning him a worst director Razzie.

Other recipients of the self-billed "Tinseltown's Tackiest Trophy" included Rob Schneider, worst actor, for Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo; Hayden Christensen, worst supporting actor, for Star Wars: Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith; Paris Hilton, worst supporting actress, for House of Wax; Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman, worst screen couple, for Bewitched; and Son of the Mask, worst remake or sequel.

As usual, none of the "winners" were on hand to claim their awards.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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