Ugh, the Razzies. No fruit is too low-hanging for the awards body that’s essentially the anti-Oscars, who celebrate the year’s worst in cinematic product — or just make super obvious jokes that your least funny friend already made. For their 2015-in-film edition, they naturally, of course, inevitably, lamely stuck it to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Jupiter Ascending” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” as well as “Mortdecai,” the latter which performs the sadistic task of reminding us “Mortdecai” existed at all. (Wasn't that such a Razzies-level joke? We actually didn't hate "Mortdecai," in part because we actually saw it.)
We’ve criticized the Razzies before, charging them with being unimaginative and, especially in the social media landscape of our brave new world, late to the party, cracking yuks everyone made throughout the year. And they deserve our scorn. Rather than act as a counter to the Oscars, they’re somehow even more bland, not even considering that “Fifty Shades” might have some merit — not the least of them a quietly funny turn from star Dakota Johnson, who of course was nominated.
But let’s say some nice things about them for a change, because the Razzies are at least as easy a target as the people and films they take down. One could charitably point out that they didn’t dogpile on “Aloha,” Cameron Crowe’s roundly derided but actually, secretly semi-good BCoop-EmStone rom-com. And they did nominate Adam Sandler for not just “Pixels” but the truly, inventively abysmal indie “The Cobbler,” which was actually made by the same guy, Tom McCarthy, whose “Spotlight” is a major Oscar contender.