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Name an overrated song, movie and book?

Asked by Jellie (6489points) October 14th, 2011

In my opinion
Song: Bohemian Rhapsody
Movie: Scarface (although I was a HUGE fan in the beginning)
Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Now, no fighting because these are opinions.

Name which song, movie and book you have found overrated.

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Mamradpivo's avatar

Song: Sweet Home Alabama
Movie: Avatar
Book: Tuesdays with Morrie

erichw1504's avatar

Song: Baby by Justin Bieber
Movie: Twilight
Book: The Bible

Jellie's avatar

@Mamradpivo extra lurve (which I can’t grant through GA) for saying Avatar. I love you.

LezboPirate's avatar

Song: Anything by Lady GaGa.
Movie: Twilight.
Book: Twilight.

Blackberry's avatar

AC/DC Back in Black.
Lord of the Rings
(I was going to say the bible, but erich took it) 1984.

MacBatman31's avatar

Book: Twilight Saga (It was annoying watching teenage girls have panic attacks over Edward and live their lives worshipping this book)
Movie: Twilight again…
Song: Anything, and I mean anything by that litte fucker, Justin Beiber

TexasDude's avatar

Song: Stairway to Heaven
Movie: Avatar
Book: A lot of classics
(Videogame): Halo

Jellie's avatar

@erichw1504 that song is the most watched on youtube :\

Jude's avatar

Movie(s): Avatar, Lord of the Rings and Twilight.
Book: The Da Vinci Code
Song: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (and just about anything by U2)

Blackberry's avatar

@MacBatman31 You said those as if they were already deemed great by people that actually mattered. Haha.

Jellie's avatar

Okay Twilight and Justin Bieber don’t count because very little people over 18 with fully developed brains actually like them :P

rebbel's avatar

Song: You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Movie: The Day The Earth Stood Still

MacBatman31's avatar

@Jellie It was the first thing that came to mind. My last year of high school was consumed by them and I am still angry about it. @Blackberry It mattered when your senior year’s prom was supposed to be a twilight theme… I wasn’t happy. (Only reason I am still sore about this is because I’m only 20 and high school wasn’t that long ago.) I still have nightmares.

Blackberry's avatar

@MacBatman31 Just messing with you, I understand. I was forced to see it by a 27 year old woman.

zensky's avatar

I can’t object enough to some of the examples above, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Especially the OP’s examples. But GQ as it got the place moving a little.

Song: She drives me crazy (#1 in 1989 – Roland Gift cannot really sing and it’s just a beat with stupid lyrics.)

Movie: The Dark Knight (Batman Begins was great, and Knight was okay – but seriously, a posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger?)

Book: Graphic novels – 30 dollar comic books.

Blackberry's avatar

Oh, and for my video game: Resident Evil.

Mamradpivo's avatar

@Jellie Thanks. I think. Seriously though, Avatar was terrible. I figured it would be formulaic, but I’ve met mentally challenged guinea pigs who could have developed a story with more subtlety, not to mention plot twists.

erichw1504's avatar

@Jellie I believe it’s also the most disliked.

Jellie's avatar

@erichw1504 buahaha you’re right. I love that.

Brian1946's avatar

Song: Inna-ga-da… the 18 minute borathon by Ironing Butterfly.

Movie: The Shining. Do people find it scary because they think that there’s no way they could escape a guy walking 0.1 MPH, just because he’s carrying an axe; or is it because murder is written backwards?

Book: Atlas Shrugged.

Blueroses's avatar

Song: Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)
Movie: Avatar
Book: The Da Vinci Code

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

Song: I Like Big Butts
Movie: Godfather
Book: @Brian1946 has it Atlas Shrugged. Like 50 pages of speech!

erichw1504's avatar

Song: The Thong Song
Movie: Titanic
Book: The Da Vinci Code

KatawaGrey's avatar

Song: Almost anything by Bob Marley
Movie: Citizen Kane
Book: A Farewell to Arms

I bet everyone disagrees with at least one of my examples. :P

Scooby's avatar

Song would be Laurie Anderson : oh superman I’ve mentioned before :-/ WTF..
Book : Bravo two zero.
Movie : The Others :-/ The Curtains, the curtains…..

Blackberry's avatar

@KatawaGrey I appreciate his message, but I just can’t “feel” reggae.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar


Movie: The Notebook.
Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Song: Photograph (Nickelback.)

@KatawaGrey hard not to, I love Bob Marley. :\

Jellie's avatar

Song: Hey Jude
Movie: Forrest Gump
Book: All Harry Potter

SuperMouse's avatar

Song: Pretty much anything by Coldplay
Book: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Movie: Titanic

linguaphile's avatar

Song: We Are the World (I still curl up in fetal position whenever that song comes on… still traumatized after 22 years!!)
Book: Anything by Jodi Piccoult
Movie: Titanic, Avatar… (anything by James Cameron)

GabrielsLamb's avatar

Book: The Da Vinci…. ANYTHING.

The Secret as well because it was only ever a “secret” to the stupid who paid someone to reiterate all of the classic literature ever written and introduce it as something new and mysterious.

Song: Right now it is Lincoln Park’s new one they are playing the shit out of it

Movie: Again, The DaVinci anything… I found the books so horribly written, and the characters in the movie so badly written that even Tom Hanks couldn’t do it justice. Hell I don’t think anyone might have done that part justice.

It all sucked and they played them to death and then it trickled down into television as well in the drama and every show on the History and Science channels were Conspiracy theories surrounding “The code.”

DaVinci was probably just another crazy assed, eccentric, really talented human being with too much damn time on his hands?

ucme's avatar

Song: Anything by Elvis
Movie: Blade Runner
Book: Mammoth Penis by Ivor Biggun

DominicX's avatar

Is it alright if I add one category?

Song: Anything by The Fray
Piece of Music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor “Choral”, Op. 125 (Ode to Joy)
Movie: every boxing movie ever made
Book: The Catcher in the Rye

I tried to say things that weren’t already said. Remember, “overrated” just means “people make it out to be better than it is.” It does not mean that I “hate” these things. I love Beethoven’s 9th. But I acknowledge that it is overrated.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Song – Sweet Child of Mine
Movie – Dirty Dancing and Grease (sorry, I couldn’t choose between them)
Book – Wicked (I gave up on it half way through and yet, so many people raved about it)

KatawaGrey's avatar

@ucme: I’m a huge sci-fi fan and Blade Runner made no sense to me whatsoever. I agree wholeheartedly that it is an over-rated movie. If I told that to some of my real-life friends, they’d slaughter me and leave my body by the side of the road…

Jellie's avatar

@DominicX I know I said no fighting but Beethoven’s No. 9? Ouch. That physically hurt :P

ucme's avatar

@KatawaGrey Oh me too, love my sci-fi movies, but that film is just plain boring, simple as.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Song: Stairway to Heaven and anything from Nirvana
Movie: Forrest Gump
Book: The Bible

DominicX's avatar

@Jellie I still think it’s excellent, but I don’t agree with all the people who think it’s the greatest symphony ever written. Richard Wagner even said that no one should bother writing another symphony because Beethoven’s were so great and I’m just thinking “oh please…” In my opinion, for example, Mahler’s symphonies are better though I still love Beethoven’s.

Jellie's avatar

@DominicX fair enough. You are very nice about it. It hurts less now :)

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@KatawaGrey I ♥ bladerunner! I always will.

erichw1504's avatar

@GabrielsLamb I watched it for the first time a few months ago. Don’t understand what the big deal is…

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@erichw1504 The timestamp on the scenery, it’s kitchy and campy and the acting is droll and almost as robotic as the characters. I just think it was very well done for its time. Anyone born in the 60’s and 70’s would appreciate it, anyone born after the starwars generation might not quite get it.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Definitely Avatar and any Beatles song. (Sorry).

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@Keep_on_running Ahhhhh… NooOoOooO…. Not the Beatles!

erichw1504's avatar

@Keep_on_running Sir, prepare… to die!

Keep_on_running's avatar

@GabrielsLamb * Inhales * I…just…can’t…understand…it…* exhales *

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Keep_on_running: I got your back. I am so sick of the Beatles!

erichw1504's avatar

@GabrielsLamb Man the harpoons!!!

JilltheTooth's avatar

@KatawaGrey : I’m with you on Bladerunner, I felt it completely ruined a good Philip K Dick story.

ucme's avatar

Song: Imagine. Monotonous, sentimental bullshit.
Movie: Batman. Although Nicholson’s Joker was brilliantly played, the rest of the movie stank.

Keep_on_running's avatar

@KatawaGrey Haha and I too agree with Bladerunner, wtf is up with that movie? I could barely make it to the end it was so boring…hmmm maybe if I watch it again with some Beatles music in the background * shudder * :P

faye's avatar

Stairway to Heaven???? One of the best ‘dating’ songs ever!!
books:anything by Shakespeare
movie: Godfasther series

zenvelo's avatar

Movie, play, adaptation, and source of awful songs: Grease.

Book: The Secret. I hate philosophies that state anything bad or lack of good in your life is your fault for not wanting it more or aligning your self with bad thoughts.

Joker94's avatar

Song: My Heart Will Go On. I’m sorry, but that song sucks something fierce.
Movie: Juno. I like it and all, but it was nowhere near as good as I was told it would be.
Book: Great Expectations. ‘Nuff said.

AmWiser's avatar

Song: Love Me Tender – Elvis
Movie: Brokeback Mountain
Book: Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

JilltheTooth's avatar

Movie: Citizen Kane
Book: Moby Dick
Song: We Are The World

OpryLeigh's avatar

Can I add another to movies? Sixth Sense. Everyone I knew that had seen it went on and on about how incredible it was but for me it was a massive yawn fest. Brokeback Mountain was too.

Joker94's avatar

Overrated Band: Muse..

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Leanne1986 @AmWiser: Not gonna lie, the biggest draw for me about Brokeback Mountain was seeing Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger go at it like rabbits…

AmWiser's avatar

@KatawaGrey LMAO. Good point.

OpryLeigh's avatar

@KatawaGrey Yeah, I didn’t mind that so much it was the bits in between that bored me senseless!

fundevogel's avatar

Song: I can’t think of one. Song popularity ebbs and flows so much with the times I’d be hard pressed to find one that I felt was persistently overrated rather than one I just didn’t like. But I do think a good bit a of Michael Jackson’s output wasn’t worth making a fuss over.

Movie: Blade Runner ok, but not great

Book: The Historian people like this? and Brave New World seriously hamfisted

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Song: Anything by Nirvana, Madonna (and her clones), Sex Pistols and Guns n Roses. Combined. “Run to the Hills” (I’m a huge Maiden fan, but they have better songs). And of course Kanye West.
Movie: Casablanca and most Hollywood realist “classics”. Inception.
Book: The Harry Potter series.
Vid-yeah James- Call of Duty series, Gears of War series, Halo series, Grand Theft Auto series, Resistance series, and every single sports game that has ever existed.

lonelydragon's avatar

Song: “California Gurls” by Katy Perry. Or, come to think of it, anything by Katy Perry.
Movie: Clash of the Titans.
Book: Water For Elephants.

Blackberry's avatar

@Michael_Huntington I’m a big fan of Nirvana, but after really observing some of their lyrics, it’s quite disappointing. But…..what kind of video games do you really admire?

CunningLinguist's avatar

Song: “American Pie” (Don McLean)
Movie: Napoleon Dynamite
Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)

fundevogel's avatar

@Blackberry I think the lyrics for Heart-shaped Box are quite good, though it is a lot more poetic than most of their songs.

Kardamom's avatar

Song: Just about anything by Elton John or Billy Joel, but especially I Guess That’s Why They Call it The Blues and Big Shot

Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life or From Here to Eternity or Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Book: Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee, which was a shame, because his other book A Gesture Life was really good.

AshLeigh's avatar

Song: “Hey There, Delilah” by The Plain White T’s.
Movie: “Remember Me.” <—Hate it.
Book: Zombie High.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

@Blackberry I admire the portal series for the game play, story and humor. I also really like the battlefield games with the frostbite engine because you can blow shit up.

filmfann's avatar

Song: Pour Some Sugar On Me

Book: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Movie: American Pie

fundevogel's avatar

@filmfann “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is a perfect example of over-hyping to me. I have no idea if it’s any good, but I just got sick of hearing about it. The same thing happened with Slum Dog Millionaire.

I’m kinda thinking about reading it just to see if, for all the talk about how brutal it is, if it’s even remotely as effed up as “The Story of O”. I’m guessing not.

AshLeigh's avatar

Wait… It’s Monster High, not Zombie High. Oops.

Jellie's avatar

Weird that Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came on television last night and I fell asleep watching it. Wish I’d watched it all.

martianspringtime's avatar

I don’t really play into the concept of things being ‘overrated’, but for the sake of answering/complaining…

Song: any song by Taylor Swift. I think any rating higher than a ‘1’ for effort is too generous.
Movie: A Streetcar Named Desire
Book: Pride and Prejudice, or Twilight (is it overrated to say that Twilight is overrated?)

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