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Starting in 2018, the Smeghead began a project of reviewing every movie that has won the Razzie Award for Worst Picture. Some nominees he agrees with. Others, he does not...


  • 1983 (The Lonely Lady): He thought this was a terrible movie, as were all the other 1983 nominees (Hercules (1983), Jaws 3D, Stroker Ace, and Two of a Kind (1983)), but thought that Yor: The Hunter from the Future, which wasn't even nominated, should have gotten the award.
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  • 1985 (Rambo: First Blood Part II): He considered it to be just a big, dumb action movie and strongly implied that Red Sonja, which wasn't even nominated, should have won instead.
  • 1986 (a tie between Howard the Duck and Under the Cherry Moon): Said Under the Cherry Moon should have won and a tie was unnecessary, since on top of being bad it was also boring, whereas Howard the Duck was just silly and stupid.
  • 1988 (Cocktail): He agreed it was bad, but found it to be only an ordinary sort of bad and said that except for Rambo III, one could at least make a case for any of the other nominees (Mac and Me, Hot to Trot and arguably Caddyshack II) being worse, as he does for all of them; he personally felt Hot to Trot was by far the worst. He thought Cocktail likely won because another Tom Cruise movie, Rain Man, was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture that year, and officially won the same day Cocktail's Razzie was certified.
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  • 1990 (a tie between The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Ghosts Can't Do It): Like with the first tie, he believed there shouldn't have been a tie, thinking Ghosts Can't Do It should've won because it was the worse film in nearly all fields, though he didn't disagree with the Worst Screenplay award given to Ford Fairlane.
  • 1991 (Hudson Hawk): He thought Cool as Ice, another Worst Picture nominee of that year, should have won instead. He also criticized the acting nominations for Bruce Willis, Richard E. Grant, and Sandra Bernhard on the grounds that they were giving performances appropriate to what the script called for, though he did agree with Hudson Hawk's awards for Worst Director (for Michael Lehmann) and Worst Screenplay (for Willis, Robert Kraft, Daniel Waters, and Steven E. de Souza).
  • 1994 (Color of Night): He thought North, another Worst Picture nominee of that year, should have won instead. Sean also notes that the likely reason why Color of Night won Worst Picture was that the version of the movie Razzie voters saw was the inferior theatrical cut approved by the film's producer, Andrew Vajna.
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  • 1999 (Wild Wild West): Like in 1983 and 1985, Sean suggested that a movie which was not even nominated — in this case, Vince Offer's The Underground Comedy Movie — should have won instead, but he doesn't complain about its lack of nominations for any Razzies considering it had a very limited release (read: it played in one theater for one day). He also proposed other, wider releases that weren't nominated as winners, such as End of Days, Baby Geniuses, and Wing Commander (the latter's lack of nominations, in particular, baffled him, as it was invoked a video game adaptation), though he emphasizes that he still believes that The Underground Comedy Movie was the worst. At the very least he agreed that Wild Wild West was the worst film nominated for Worst Picture of 1999 based on his opinions of its competitors: Big Daddy (mediocre), The Haunting (1999) ("crap, but wasn't a chore to sit through"), The Phantom Menace (although it had its problems, he "can't bring [him]self to hate it") and The Blair Witch Project (which he has always thought is a good movie).
  • 2002 (Swept Away): He didn't think any of that year's nominees was egregiously awful, calling Swept Away and fellow nominees The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Crossroads (2002), and Pinocchio (2002) bad, but mostly forgettable, and while the last nominee, Attack of the Clones, did many things wrong, he couldn't bring himself to hate it, since it's still a Star Wars film. He instead cited some 2002 films that he thought were considerably worse but weren't nominated for Worst Picture: three that he had reviewed on Cinematic Excrement before (Eight Crazy Nights, Die Another Day, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever) and a fourth that he had not (The Master of Disguise), before deciding that the award should have gone to Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, which wasn't nominated for any awards at the Razzies despite its rare zero-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (with Eight Crazy Nights coming a close second). He also noted that he disagreed with Madonna being named Worst Actress of the Century at the 20th Razzies, believing the award should have gone to Bo Derek, since he had seen Madonna give decent performances, something he could not say for Derek.
  • 2006 (Basic Instinct 2): He strongly disliked this movie and felt that, alongside BloodRayne, Lady in the Water, Little Man, and The Wicker Man (2006), it was one of a crop of truly awful Worst Picture nominees. He noted that the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards had picked BloodRayne as their last-ever choice for the worst film of its year in 2006 and found himself in agreement with the Stinkers' choice over the Razzies' — both movies had terrible dialogue, acting, and sex scenes, but Sean felt BloodRayne was worse because it also had terrible wigs, editing, rampant Fight-Scene Failure, and even Ben Kingsley giving a bad performance, which he had thought impossible. "As bad as Basic Instinct 2 is, it's not Uwe Boll-video game-adaptation-bad." Sean also noted, with a great deal of confusion, that while Boll had won a Worst Director Razzie,note  none of his films had ever won Worst Picture, and only two had ever even been nominated.note 
  • 2007 (I Know Who Killed Me): As with the previous year, he thought all five of the nominees (the others being Bratz, Daddy Day Camp, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, and Norbit) were terrible,note  and also cited Good Luck Chuck as a terrible movie from that year that was not nominated for Worst Picture. He didn't think I Know Who Killed Me was good, but he recommended it for its invokedNarm-filled use of color and absolutely insane story — and having a story that actually filled its run time was what made it less Worst Picture-worthy than his choice, Bratz. While Bratz starts with what he describes as "a very basic story" that is "perfectly serviceable for a simple teen comedy",note  said story gets resolved in the first half-hour, after which the movie ends up being "two-thirds padding." He also criticized the Razzies awarding Lindsay Lohan Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple (in both cases jointly with herself), which he thought was more due to her personal troubles during production and the lunacy of the plot than to her actual performance, plus he strongly implied his disapproval for giving it Worst Remake or Rip-off due to the Razzies claiming it ripped off Hostel, Saw, and The Patty Duke Show ("Is there a Razzie for 'lamest joke at an awards show?'").
  • 2008 (The Love Guru): Again noted as a worthless movie (among other flaws, Sean only found one good joke in the so-called comedy, and only in the final scene to boot) chosen in yet another particularly rotten group of nominees. He didn't go into detail about any of the other nominees except for the one which he considers the worst, Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg's Disaster Movie.note  He gives The Love Guru minimal credit for at least having an actual plot, while Disaster Movie is just a series of sketches with no plot at all.note  He was also displeased that Disaster Movie did not win a single Razzie despite six nominations. He began the episode, however, by noting that he'd evolved a bit in his opinion of Twilight, which also came out in 2008 and was the subject of the very first episode of Cinematic Excrement in late 2009: while he had previously been baffled and appalled that it wasn't even nominated for any Razzies, he was no longer complaining about that after watching The Love Guru and Disaster Movie.
  • 2009 (Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen): In early 2022, instead of comparing it to 2009's other Worst Picture nominees (All About Steve, GI Joe The Rise Of Cobra, Land of the Lost, and Old Dogs), he did a retrospective on the broader Transformers Film Series as his "second look" at this movie (after having covered the first three in late 2011 and the fourth film Age of Extinction in early 2015). He considered Revenge of the Fallen, which was the second live-action Transformers movie (and, to his surprise, the only Worst Picture winner in the franchise even though most of them were critically drubbed), to be the second-worst. It was slightly worse than its immediate sequel Dark of the Moon but less bad than the fifth one, The Last Knight. Meanwhile, he thought Bumblebee, the sixth film made and a prequel to the others, was very good (mainly because it was "ET with giant robots" and Michael Bay chose not to direct it), the first Transformers was middling, and Age of Extinction was qualitatively somewhere between the first movie and the second, third, and fifth as a group — though he denounced Kelsey Grammer's Worst Supporting Actor win for that movie, saying he was by far the best part of it. In his Twilight retrospective a few months later in 2022, he ultimately said that Dragonball Evolution was the worst film of 2009 and was surprised it failed to land a single nomination.
  • 2012 (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2): He'd reviewed all five Twilight adaptations years before he took his chronological look at the Worst Picture Razzie winners, culminating with a review of this film in 2013. He re-reviewed them in 2022, by which time he ultimately felt that That's My Boy was 2012's worst movie, with The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure being a close second. (He thought Battleship was the least bad Worst Picture nominee of 2012 — the others that lost to Breaking Dawn — Part 2 being Oogieloves, That's My Boy, and A Thousand Words — but thought all five movies were quite bad.) His verdict was that while the Twilight franchise was not good, with issues like padding and wasting its cast, it was over-hated and not even the worst film (or series) he had ever covered, nor even the worst movie he'd covered in its subgenre or even among adaptations of novels by Stephenie Meyer.
  • 2015 (a tie between Fantastic Four (2015) and Fifty Shades of Grey): He'd first reviewed these films months apart in 2016, and it was another tie he thought shouldn't have happened even then. He didn't like either movie in the slightest, but he described Fifty Shades of Grey as a movie that consisted of two hours of nothing alternating with sleazy sex, which made Fantastic Four slightly less bad by default.
  • 2017 (The Emoji Movie): This was the choice for Worst Picture that touched off the project. Although Sean didn't like that movie one bit, he thought fellow nominees Fifty Shades Darker and Transformers: The Last Knight were much worse. Also, after he saw The Book of Henry and The Snowman (2017) in early and mid-2018, he thought those films deserved to be nominated more than The Emoji Movie and criticized the Razzies for omitting them. He thought The Emoji Movie was only given Worst Picture because it was an easy target.


  • 1980 (Can't Stop the Music): He disagreed with the acting nominations the film got because of the material the actors were given but agreed that it deserved Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay (for Allan Carr and Bronté Woodard).
  • 1981 (Mommie Dearest): He agreed that it deserved to be nominated, but not for the reasons why it was nominated (the Razzies considered it an unintentional comedy, while Sean didn't like seeing a story of child abuse portrayed as a farce); however, he did disagree with the decision to name it Worst Picture of the Decade.
  • 1982 (Inchon): Agreed with all four of the awards it won (in addition to Worst Picture, Robin Moore and Laird Koenig won Worst Screenplay, Laurence Olivier Worst Actor, and Terence Young Worst Director), although he did wonder why Ben Gazzara didn't win for Worst Supporting Actor or why the film wasn't even nominated for Worst Picture of the Decade over Mommie Dearest.
  • 1984 (Bolero): He doesn't even mention how it compares to the other films nominated that year (Cannonball Run II, Rhinestone, Sheena, and Where the Boys Are '84), but he says that he “can’t really argue” with it winning Worst Picture. He did however criticise the Razzies for giving that year’s Worst Supporting Actor award to “Brooke Shields with a moustache”.
  • 1987 (Leonard Part 6): The only other nominee he felt one could make a case for being worse was Ishtar, though he firmly believes "Leonard was worse, and being worse than Ishtar is no small feat." He also agreed with Bill Cosby winning Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay (in the latter case, jointly with Jonathan Reynolds, though he attributes it all to Cosby) for Leonard.
  • 1992 (Shining Through): Didn't make a comparison with 1992's other nominees (The Bodyguard, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Final Analysis, and Newsies), but instead compared it with 2019's Jojo Rabbit, noting that while Jojo Rabbit was a sillier World War II film, it was an intentionally silly film. Nor did he contest the other two Razzies Shining Through got, Worst Director for David Seltzer and Worst Actress for Melanie Griffith. He did disagree, however, with that year's ceremony awarding Worst Original Song to Alan Menken for "High Times, Hard Times" from Newsies and nominating Enya in the same category for "Book of Days" from Far and Away.
  • 1993 (Indecent Proposal): He agreed that it was the worst nominee of 1993, which included two erotic thrillers (Sliver and Body of Evidence) and two action films (Cliffhanger and Last Action Hero), noting that the first two each had only one main factor responsible for their bad quality (the ending in Sliver and Madonna's bad performance in Body of Evidence), whereas Indecent Proposal had many, while Cliffhanger and Last Action Hero were simply mindless-but-fun action films without any flagrantly inept elements. Although Sean did question Woody Harrelson's Worst Supporting Actor win for Indecent Proposal, it was because he thought that Harrelson, not Robert Redford, who got a Worst Actor nomination for the same film, was the male lead (though his performance was terrible), so it was more akin to invoked Award Category Fraud. He did, however, complain that Cop and a Half wasn't nominated for Worst Picture and expressed astonishment that it didn't kill the career of Burt Reynolds, who won Worst Actor for his performance in that movie.
  • 1995 (Showgirls): Declared it a fair winner as "one of the best bad movies of all time" while also agreeing with the wins for Worst Director for Paul Verhoeven, Worst Screenplay for Joe Eszterhas, and Worst Actress for Elizabeth Berkley. While he didn't compare it with 1995's other Worst Picture nominees (Congo, It's Pat!, The Scarlet Letter (1995), and Waterworld), or say anything on the other awards the movie "won" (Worst New Star for Berkley, Worst Screen Couple for "any combination of two people (or two body parts)", and Worst Original Song for "Walk into the Wind" by David A. Stewart and Terry Hall), he did have a problem with U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" from Batman Forever merely being nominated for Worst Original Song.invoked
  • 1998 (An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn): He said this film was "worse than Showgirls" (an ironic reference to a line in the movie itself) and easily the worst of 1998's Worst Picture nominees, the others being "a crappy Michael Bay movie" (Armageddon), "a crappy Roland Emmerich movie" (Godzilla (1998)), "a crappy film remake of an old TV series" (The Avengers (1998)), and "whatever the hell that was" (Spice World). He also agreed with all Burn Hollywood Burn's other wins (for Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor, Worst New Star, and Worst Original Song for "I Wanna Be Mike Ovitz", all for Joe Eszterhas). His only disagreement with any of its nominations was with Ryan O'Neal's Worst Actor nomination, saying that his performance was decent.
  • 2000 (Battlefield Earth): He first reviewed it in early 2014, at which point it was the oldest Worst Picture winner he had covered, and he revisited it almost exactly seven years later in 2021. He considers 2000 to be an unusually fruitful year for bad cinema, up to and including Battlefield Earth and the other nominees (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Little Nicky, and The Next Best Thing), to the point that he not only gives an alternate Worst Picture winner, Dungeons & Dragons (2000) (which managed not to score a single Razzie nomination that year despite being terrible in every regardnote ) but suggests more nominees too, such as Big Momma's House, Mission: Impossible II and Ready to Rumble. However, he felt that Battlefield Earth was indeed the worst of the lot compared to the other nominees (he didn't see The Next Best Thing because its availability is rare, but considering it's a Madonna film, he didn't think it would be a good film, while he thought the other three were bad, if less so than Battlefield Earth), describing it as incompetently made and invokedlaughable. His only complaint out of the film's seven awards won (he's adamant that Roger Christian deserved Worst Director and that Corey Mandell and J.D. Shapiro deserved Worst Screenplay and at least accepts John Travolta winning Worst Actor and Worst Screen Couple — in the latter case, together with "anyone sharing the screen with him" — and Barry Pepper winning Worst Supporting Actor) is the late Kelly Preston winning Worst Supporting Actress for what was basically a cameo in which "she was fine".
  • 2001 (Freddy Got Fingered): He called this one of the worst movies he had ever seen and firmly believes it was the worst of its year (and added it was particularly frustrating after liking what Tom Green did for MTV), such that he made only fleeting, albeit unfavorable, mentions of two of the other nominees (Pearl Harbor and Glitter) and no mention of the other two (Driven and 3000 Miles to Graceland), while he expressed disbelief that Corky Romano followed in Dungeons & Dragons' footsteps by being terrible in many ways and still scoring zero Razzie nominations.
  • 2003 (Gigli): While he technically considers Gigli to be the second-worst film of 2003, the one movie he thought was worse (the invokedSo Bad, It's Good anti-classic The Room, and that by a wide margin) had such a limited release in its initial runnote  that he doubts that the Razzie nomination committee had even heard of it at the time, much like most other people; with that in mind, he fully agreed with Gigli winning Worst Picture. Considering that he also strongly panned 2003's other Worst Picture nominees (The Cat in the Hat, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, From Justin to Kelly, and The Real Cancún), he did not agree with the Golden Raspberry Foundation lightly in picking Gigli. However, he disagreed with Christopher Walken's and Al Pacino's nominations for Worst Supporting Actor, claiming that their cameos (especially Pacino's) were the only good parts of the movie.
  • 2004 (Catwoman (2004)): This was the fifth overall film and first Worst Picture winner Sean reviewed, in early 2010. At the time, he said it deserved all four of its wins (the others being Worst Actress for Halle Berry, Worst Director for Jean-Christophe "Pitof" Comar, and Worst Screenplay for Theresa Rebeck, John Brancato, Michael Ferris, and John Rogers). He revisited Catwoman (calling it "CINO", for "Catwoman In Name Only") in mid-2021, and he maintained that it deserved Worst Picture, though with the caveat that he couldn't bring himself to see fellow nominee Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2. Even then, he agreed Catwoman was the worst movie from 2004 he had seen. He compared it unfavorably to stiff competition including Christmas with the Kranks, Home on the Range (which he'd reviewed in earlier episodes), Alexander, White Chicks (which were also nominated for Worst Picture), and Surviving Christmas (which was in both categories). He rebuked the Razzies for giving their other acting awards to George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Britney Spears as themselves for Fahrenheit 9/11, however. He said this exposed how shallow they were since they were totally abandoning their motive of mocking bad movies just for the sake of a Take That! at the Bush administration (even though he agreed with it) and Bush, Rumsfeld, and Spears (the last of whom was not even a member of the administration) weren't acting and didn't appear in any of Michael Moore's original footage for that movie.
  • 2005 (Dirty Love): Sean thought there were two nominees of comparable quality: Son of the Mask (in his opinion the second-worst film of 2005, and the most Razzie-nominated movie of the year; it won only Worst Remake or Sequel) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (which won Rob Schneider the award for Worst Actor and was the subject of one of his favorite of the late Roger Ebert's reviews). He also seriously considered an earlier Cinematic Excrement subject, Alone in the Dark (2005) (which he'd reviewed for Halloween in 2013 and for which Uwe Boll was nominated for Worst Director, making him wonder why it was passed over for Worst Picture; he personally would've dropped The Dukes of Hazzard as a nominee in favor of Alone in the Dark). However, he ultimately agreed with the Razzies, saying he felt as if Dirty Love "actually hated me and wanted me to suffer" by being annoying, lazy, disgusting, and unfunny, and even acknowledged that targeting a non-mainstream film,note  even if made by prominent easy target Jenny McCarthy (who personally won Worst Actress and Screenplay and whose then-husband John Mallory Asher won Worst Director), was a refreshing change of pace for the Razzies. His only complaint was that Carmen Electra's "wigger" character deserved Worst Supporting Actress more than Paris Hilton in House of Wax (2005).
  • 2010 (The Last Airbender): He had first reviewed this movie at the end of 2010, before the 31st Razzie ceremony. At the time he revisited it in 2022, he couldn't have agreed more with the Razzies that this was 2010's worst film. He actually thanked M. Night Shyamalan for having made the film because it got him into Avatar: The Last Airbender, in Sincerity Mode no less (he watched the show just before he reviewed the movie the first time to get background knowledge and enjoyed it immensely in its own right), but the movie itself was only watchable with the RiffTrax Alternate DVD Commentary. As for the year's other Worst Picture nominees (The Bounty Hunter, Sex and the City 2, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Vampires Suck), he thought they were all far less bad. He thought The Bounty Hunter was just mediocre and subtly implied that he'd leave his final comments on Eclipse for a later video, as Breaking Dawn Part 2 was 2012's Worst Picture winner.note  The other two were, in his view, laugh-free and racist comedies; he thought if the Razzies had created a one-time category for "most racist movie of the year", Sex and the City 2 would have won in a landslide, and he gave Vampires Suck the concession of being a step up from the usual Seltzer–Friedberg fare because it was a proper parody of its source material rather than a random hodgepodge of pop culture references like their previous films. All that said, The Last Airbender remained the deserving winner.
  • 2011 (Jack and Jill): Before Sean even started his project, he agreed that Jack and Jill (which he reviewed in early 2012) deserved to be chosen as the worst of 2011. As much as he disliked fellow nominees New Year's Eve, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, the only nominee that he thought was close to as bad as Jack and Jill was Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which was appropriate because both were laugh-free comedies produced by Happy Madison with bad premises and incompetent execution. He decided that Jack and Jill was worse because it was annoying and grating, while Bucky Larson was merely stupid. In his revisit as part of his Razzie marathon, almost exactly ten years later in 2022, he reaffirmed his belief that Jack and Jill deserved Worst Picture. He did, however, criticize the Razzies' decision to give it every award for the year solely for the sake of doing so, citing the Worst Supporting Actor award for Al Pacino as being suspect (as were all the nominations in that category) and calling the Worst Prequel, Remake, Ripoff, or Sequel award "straight-up bullshit" as the only thing it shared with Glen or Glenda, the movie that the Razzies claimed it was a remake of, was that their respective lead actors, Adam Sandler and Ed Wood, played major roles in drag. Having run out of new observations about the movie itself for his second look after less than ten minutes, he filled out his video with a look at the Dunkaccino meme.


  • 1989 (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier): He found all five nominees (the others being The Karate Kid Part III, Lock Up, Road House (1989), and Speed Zone) to be about equally bad, although he figures that The Final Frontier might have had the edge as the biggest disappointment, as it came off the back of the last three Star Trek films being successful. However, he thought William Shatner probably did not deserve to win Worst Director for Final Frontier, since he failed by being too ambitious on his first outing as director, and while also giving him Worst Actor was a bit more understandable, it still seemed like an easy potshot. He also disagreed with the nominees for Worst Original Song: The Ramones' "Pet Sematary" for Pet Sematary, Kool Moe Dee's "Let's Go", and (eventual winner) Bruce Dickinson's "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter", the latter two for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child ("These people wouldn't know good music if it jumped up and bit them in the face!").
  • 1996 (Striptease): As with The Final Frontier, he found all five nominees (the others being Barb Wire, Ed, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), and The Stupids) to be about equally bad (and only Dr. Moreau was all that interesting, mainly for the story of its Troubled Production). Again, however, he disagreed with the winner under Worst Original Song, Light Crust Doughboys' "Pussy Pussy Pussy"; he agrees that it's a terrible song, but questions its inclusion since it was already a 50-year-old song at the time, and proposes that Tommy Lee's "Welcome to Planet Boom" for Barb Wire should have won instead, saying that it is the answer "if you ever wanted to know what a poor man's Rob Zombie sounds like."
  • 1997 (The Postman): Sean didn't compare The Postman with 1997's other nominees (Anaconda, Batman & Robin, Fire Down Below, and Speed 2: Cruise Control — though he had torn Batman & Robin a new one a couple of years before looking at the Worst Picture winners), but he didn't make explicit whether he agreed or disagreed with most of the awards it "won" (except Worst Original Song, see below — the others were Worst Director and Actor, both for Kevin Costner, though he did extensively criticize Costner's direction and performance, and Worst Screenplay for Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland). He did emphasize that he disliked the movie, even stating that despite some newfound relevance some people found in it due to being eerily prophetic for 2020 American politics, it was still silly enough for him to warrant his mockery. Despite this, he once again disagreed with the Worst Original Song category, saying that The Postman winning for its entire score was "incredibly lazy" and citing the nomination of Trisha Yearwood's cover of LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" for Con Air as another example of such ("I hate country music with the fire of a thousand suns and even I know that's bullshit").