Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: In Defense Of The Downtrodden Edition


This summer marks the 15th Anniversary of the release of “Mystery Men,” a movie based on Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot comics, and one which gets less respect than Rodney Dangerfield at Venice Beach.  “At least it’s better than *Mystery Men*”, goes the refrain of certain wags at my comic shop, leaving me to wonder what the problem is.  Admittedly, the film has its flaws (it willfully provides employment for Dane Cook, for one), but “weird” is not the same as bad.  I have a similar problem with a friend’s assessment of “Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan”: She denounces it solely on the basis of ‘Mister Rourke’s fake chest’, in defiance of the film’s tense and skillful drama (and documented proof that Ricardo Montalban wasn’t augmented.  My rage fueled-flailing, in turn, begs today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is NOT talking about appreciating a work that is obviously terrible, i.e. Ed Wood movies or Frank Miller post-1990, asking: What bit of pop culture do you least understand people calling “bad”?