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The prompt: #409: Fix the plot of the worst movie you’ve ever seen
Well, I can’t even identify the worst movie I’ve ever seen. I have some sort of selective memory where things I don’t have any need to remember seem to just sort of disappear – with the space they once occupied freed up for reminding my children to bathe and remembering to make dentist appointments. I remember watching things I like, but when I try to think of things I have seen that I did not like. Blank.
As an overall genre I don’t enjoy horror. But to fix a horror movie in my book, you’d need to turn it into a rom-com. And I think that’s a little more than a plot tweak. I’m no screenwriting expert, but I’m pretty sure that’s just a whole new movie.
The last movie I saw that I remember actively disliking and wishing I could leave was Rango. Seriously, what WAS that? But what I didn’t like about it was that it was a Western…about lizards…and there were like, cactuses that walked…or something. And I was really confused and thinking, is this was a Western is all about? Because apparently I don’t like them almost as much as I don’t like horror.
Or maybe Johnny Depp is just a truly awful lizard.
But again – I don’t know how you would fix it without taking out the lizards, and the cactii, and the…everything.
So, I guess my response to this prompt is, I can’t.
It is beyond my writing capabilities to fix the worst movie I have ever seen (even if I could remember what it was.)
Plot-fixing, like plastic surgery, is probably best left to the pros anyway.
How about YOU? What do you think was the WORST movie ever? And how would you fix it?