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Sometimes Rotten Tomatoes Taste Good

My wife and I usually rely on Rotten Tomatoes to give us a sense of whether a new movie is worth seeing. It’s not one critic’s opinion; it’s the aggregate of a lot of critics’ opinions. Any movie that gets over 80% is probably worth watching (whether we actually get around to seeing it or not).

Sometimes we get the itch, though. Sometimes we want to see some lighthearted fluff. So when Rotten Tomatoes “gave” Sydney White only 39%, we didn’t really care, and we saw it anyway. One of the “Cream of the Crop” reviews says it’s “[a] feeble college comedy aimed at middle schoolers.” So what? What’s wrong with aiming at middle schoolers?

I’ll admit it—my wife and I were the only people in the theater over the age of 14. They laughed. We laughed. It was a fun movie. Sometimes, yes, even a rotten tomato can be a good tomato… if you’re in the mood for something rotten.

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The King of Kong sucked me in

Even though I like documentaries, I hadn’t heard of King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and had no interest in seeing it… until I found out it was playing at our new favorite movie theater, The Balboa. So my wife and I checked out its rating on Rotten Tomatoes and decided to give it a shot.

In the beginning, we just laughed at the video game geeks talking about how important having the highest score in Pac-Man or Donkey Kong is. By the end of the movie, though, I was anxious to see who would win this contest—Billy Mitchell, the defending champion, or Steve Wiebe, the challenger. I love it when films suck me in like that. I can definitely say I had very little interest in Donkey Kong before this. The most I’d ever felt about classic games was a bit of nostalgia for a little “wizard needs food badly” from Gauntlet.