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10 Pop Star Movies That Failed to Launch Big Screen Careers

Critics and audiences are agog with excitement for Lady Gaga’s star-making turn in Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star is Born, but not all singers who attempt the leap to the big screen are successful, and not all films meant to shepherd that transition are any good. Many would-be cinematic star-makers are egregiously, embarrassingly terrible, and even the ones that aren’t frequently fail to provide the stepping stone needed for their stars to achieve crossover success. With that in mind, we present 10 movies that attempted to make movie stars out of pop stars and failed miserably.


1. Good Times (1967) 0% – Sonny Bono

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The 1967 Sonny Cher vehicle Good Times failed to make Sonny Bono a movie star, or launch Sonny Cher as a cinematic duo. The film’s meta premise finds Bono, forever the nebbishy idea man upstaged by his wife and comic foil, pitching movie ideas for himself and Cher to a movie studio chief played by George Saunders, who also plays the antagonists in various films-within-a-film.

The results were less funky and hip than labored and strained. Even in the adventurous Hollywood of the late 1960s and 1970s, Bono was no one’s idea of a leading man. He would appear sporadically in supporting roles in movies like Airplane 2: The Sequel and Hairspray, but his film career paled in comparison to that of Cher’s, as well as Good Times’ director, a first-timer named William Friedkin would would go on to direct The Exorcist and The French Connection, neither of which, pointedly, starred Sonny Bono.


2. Head (1968) 75% – The Monkees

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The Monkees’ Jack Nicholson-written, Bob Rafelson-directed 1968 vehicle

Article source: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/10-pop-star-movies-that-failed-to-launch-big-screen-careers/

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