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Make a Bad Movie? Blame George Bush

OK this really isn't funny any more. In addition to hurricanes, earthquakes and blizzards, George Bush is now to blame for Sharon Stone's latest boxoffice bomb.... Follow this tortured logic....

Erotic thrillers lose steam at box office

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The last time "Basic Instinct" man-eater Catherine Tramell prowled the big screen, the studio erotic thriller was hitting box office heights. The first "Instinct" took the top spot when it debuted in 1992, with an opening weekend of $15.1 million, the equivalent of $20.45 million in today's dollars.

By comparison, "Basic Instinct 2" limped into 10th place upon its arrival this weekend, grossing just $3.2 million.

In the years between the two films, a string of high-profile flops, including MGM's "Body of Evidence," United Artists' "Showgirls" and Paramount Pictures' "Jade," have all contributed to the cooling off of the erotic thriller, a genre that had once sizzled at the box office.

Paul Verhoeven, director of the first "Basic Instinct" (which scored $353 million worldwide) as well as the widely ridiculed "Showgirls" (now regarded as something of a camp classic), attributes the genre's demise to the current American political climate.

"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States," said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity and sex have never been good friends."

What crack pipe has he been smoking? His movie wasn't BANNED it BOMBED. I know the spellings are similar but the meanings are quite different.

If anything, the story explains why it bombed... Market saturation.

Bouncing breasts might have brought people to the movies 15 years ago, now all we need to do is turn on the Super Bowl. Far from being banned, we're now bombarded with sexual content so often it no longer is unique.

Perhaps Mr. Verhoeven should learn to make better movies and not blame his er -inadequacies- on George Bush.

Update: Aaron @ twoorthree.net....

Why don't we evalute those three movies, particularly the year in which they were released and who the President was at that time:

Body of Evidence - 1993
Showgirls - 1995
Jade - 1995

As I recall, the President during those years was a very "good friend" with sex.

Yeah, pretty much.


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Comments (23)

Make a good movie, take per... (Below threshold)

Make a good movie, take personal credit and reap the profits; make a bad movie, blame the White House and file Chapter 7.

What a moron.

The first Basic Instinct wa... (Below threshold)
Jonas Sros:

The first Basic Instinct was actually a horrible
movie aswell.It just happened to be something
different at the time,lady shows vagina in
commercially released movie,wow.So basically
Sharon Stone's whole career is because of a
beaver shot in a poorly made movie,that's right
up there with Tonya Harding,Joey Buttefuco,and
John Wayne Bobbit kind of "success".That being
said i bet the liberals are anxious to hear her
foreign policy stance.

I thought RoboCop was a gre... (Below threshold)

I thought RoboCop was a great movie. :P

Erotic thriller? Who needs... (Below threshold)

Erotic thriller? Who needs it? Why go to a theater to watch something mildy tittilating when you can download hard-core stuff in the privacy of your home? There's a reason why there's virtually no x-rated theaters any more.

Now, if you do a decent action-adventure film, romantic comedy, adult comedy or kid's movie or whatever - you'll have an audience. But crotch shots by an actress who peaked 14 years back? Thanks, but no.

Maybe instead of 'stars' in Hollywood we ought to call them 'novas'. They blaze brightly, then gutter out to withered husks...

Let's be fair. The origina... (Below threshold)

Let's be fair. The original Basic Instinct didn't have to compete with Larry the Cable Guy.

Git 'r done!

The problem witth "Basic In... (Below threshold)

The problem witth "Basic Instinct II" is that it is nothing more than a vanity exercise for Sharon Stone. Stone has major issues with the fact that she is middle-aged, and would be better served by going to counseling instead of flashing the public yet again. It's really tiresome!

Sharon Stone is what was once called a "Broad", and she'd do well to get over the fact that she's no longer the flavor of the month.

Robocop was indeed a tremen... (Below threshold)

Robocop was indeed a tremendous movie - my favorite part being the beginning where they successfully predicted the artificial heart. Not that it hadn't been dreamed of before, but it's actual shape and design is startlingly similar to what we have today.

This is misleading - no where does he mention or blame Bush, and yes, compared to the Netherlands, anything erotic is banned here. I believe their state-sponsored AIDS education includes two teenagers getting naked and masturbating on public TV.

I'm sure that it's easier f... (Below threshold)
Clay Jarr:

I'm sure that it's easier for Paul Verhoeven to attribute the demise of the erotic thriller to the current American political climate. Otherwise he'd have to accept responsibility for his own lack of talent. We can't be having that now.

I'm looking forward to Sharon Stone's commentary. At least she is mature (way mature) enough to accept responsibility. Huh?

jp2, Eww.... really? ... (Below threshold)

jp2, Eww.... really?

Waaaaaay back when I was in highschool I recall some media poll about what was sexier, nudity or scanty clothing. Most people said clothing.

I've heard people claim that European teens actually have less sex. I guess it just isn't that interesting when it's not naughty.

Anyhow... I think the question, why go to a movie for sex when you get get more, better, at home with your computer is the likeliest reason for the observed consumer behavior.

(Romance novels, incidentally, are getting more explicit and they sell better than any other genre in the US.)

'tis true Synova...<p... (Below threshold)

'tis true Synova...


I think Hollywood will indeed have a tough time with computers and the new wave of marketing. Mark Cuban's new company will make waves - releasing DVDs along with the premiere in theatres. And I'm not a gamer, but I sure understand the point that it's better playing a character in a movie on your Playstation as opposed to just watching one on a screen.

This is misleading - no ... (Below threshold)

This is misleading - no where does he mention or blame Bush,

Oh, please. Let's look at the quote again, shall we?

"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States," said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values.

He specifically calls our attention to "the people at the top of the goverment". Gee, I wonder who he could have been referring to? I mean, what with George Bush being a Christian and all, I should think the reference was rather obvious.

I have another reason why Verhoeven can go pound sand. He is not to be forgiven for destroying Heinlein's book Starship Troopers.

Let's see...$3.2 m... (Below threshold)

Let's see...

$3.2 million gross on 1453 screens (according to boxofficemojo.com).

Average per screen - $2203 (always rounding up)

I figure 5 shows per screen per day on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, or 15 shows per screen.

Average per showing - $147

I'm guessing with matinees and variable ticket prices, approximately $8.50 per ticket.

Average audience per showing - 18 people.

That's an ego bruiser right there, is what it is.

Let's not forget what this ... (Below threshold)

Let's not forget what this bum did to "Starship Troopers"!!!!

I'll never forgive that butchery.

Yea Whitehall, but you had ... (Below threshold)
Robert Modean:

Yea Whitehall, but you had to know that "Starship Troopers" was going to be a real stinker when they cast Michael Ironside as Rasczak. It's the Ironside law of SciFi - MI + Movie = BOMB.

The reason it was a failure... (Below threshold)
Michael Brammer:

The reason it was a failure is the lack of Jeanne Tripplehorn who is far more attractive (or least she was 14 years ago - I haven't seen her in anything since The Firm).

I guess he'll have to figur... (Below threshold)

I guess he'll have to figure out a better way to explain the film's horrendous ratings and sales in OTHER countries.....

The Norwegian media is slaying the film already. Is that because Norway is "banning" sex? Well actually, that is quite funny, since uncensored porn was just recently made legal here in Norway. How about that?

Even so, Norwegians always bash the USA for being such a prude, even though more porn is allowed in the USA than here... lol.

Saint George and the Straw-... (Below threshold)

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I recall seeing "Showgirls"... (Below threshold)

I recall seeing "Showgirls" when I was in college. Here in No. Carolina, there were protests outside the theatres. When I came out, I thought about going up to them and saying, "Folks, you can pack up your signs and go home. Don't worry about people seeing this movie; when word gets around about how awful it is, they won't be able to GIVE tickets away."

Whitehall, I'm with you on Starship Troopers. One of my favorite novels, and look what he did to it...

Let's check with that basti... (Below threshold)

Let's check with that bastion of Conservative and Christian values, Rolling Stone magazine:

The laughs to be had in this deliciously awful sequel are all unintentional. A bummer for film buffs, but a ball for fans of the misbegotten. Take the opener, when {Sharon} Stone, back as bisexual crime novelist and accused serial killer Catherine Tramell, drives her car off a London bridge while a soccer star finger-fucks her to a screaming orgasm. And they say Hollywood forgot how to make movies for the whole family.
{Charlotte} Rampling's natural beauty is a rebuke to everything fake and flashy in a movie that almost performs the miracle of making Madonna's Body of Evidence look passable.

Rating: 0 stars

Why don't we evalute tho... (Below threshold)

Why don't we evalute those three movies, particularly the year in which they were released and who the President was at that time:

Body of Evidence - 1993
Showgirls - 1995
Jade - 1995

As I recall, the President during those years was a very "good friend" with sex.

Ha! PWN3D!!!

This movie is useful as a D... (Below threshold)

This movie is useful as a Drinking Game, nothing more. And JLawson is correct: it's a surfeit of erotica that's the problem. Fourteen years ago, seeing Sharon Stone uncross her legs was a big deal: nowadays, it's de rigeur.

I walked out of Starship Tr... (Below threshold)

I walked out of Starship Troopers about 40 minutes into it, and I have not been back to a movie theater since.

Hell, you can rent as many movies as you could possibly watch in one month for the price of taking the wife to one, overrated, overpriced and disappointing flop of a movie nowadays.

It's difficult to care about anything with "II" in the title, or another poorly done, CGI loaded remake anymore, and when some originality does find it's way back to Hollywood, maybe going back to the theater would be worth it - but until then...

If Bush is powerful enough to do that to a filmmaker, what happened with Brokeback then?

Hollywood sucks...

Ahhhh jlawsonI don... (Below threshold)

Ahhhh jlawson

I dont think this movie was made to show Sharon Stones acting talents.






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