You ever just wake up with a phrase in your head and you can't shake it? So it was with me this morning, when all I could think of was Rex Manning Day, as celebrated in the seminal mid-'90s teen-movie excuse-for-a-soundtrack-album (wow, think about that concept today) extravaganza Empire Records. Specifically, "Rex Manning Day" as dreamily uttered by Ethan Embry right here:
Even back when I first saw Empire Records back in the day, I knew it was a guilty pleasure. Like its spiritual step-sister Can't Hardly Wait, it's only grown to feel more guilty and more pleasurable as the years pass. Most of the movie is just cringingly fabricated, but I absolutely can't deny that a) I can recite whole chunks of dialogue by memory (my sister, my cousin, and I pretty much wore out our VHS copy watching it so often), and b) it puts a goofy grin on my face, without fail.
Like, this scene:
Just ridiculous, whitewashed sentiment from beginning to end. Love the shit out of it. I could sit here posting clips and surfing through YouTube all day (like this one, this one, and this one). Instead, I'll throw the question out to you guys: Talk about your favorite guilty pleasures. REAL guilty pleasures, the ones heavy on the guilt. That term's been co-opted for mainstream movies that people want to say they like without seeming less cool. I want to know movies you know are legitimately bad and you love them -- without irony -- anyway. Go.