What Movie Was Way Better Than You Expected?

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Sometimes low expectations can pay off. Sometimes, you expect a movie to be kind of terrible, and it surprises you by being actually quite good. Sometimes, a movie looks dumb, but turns out to be charming and fun. Which movie did you expect to suck — and then were pleasantly surprised?


Please include a picture, poster, trailer or clip for your chosen movie. And please mention the name, and why you were pleasantly surprised.

Top image: Real Steel. Really did not expect much from this fighting-robots film, and was amazed to see that it was actually really fun and had some neat bits about a boy and his robot.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

I worked at a movie theater when this was coming out so I had to suffer through the previews for it over and over, and while I thought it would be enjoyable, I had no expectations for a movie that was based on an amusement park ride. Then I watched it. Then I watched it again. Then I watched it roughly 20 times before it left the theater.