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Gobble, gobble! Movie turkeys of the year

You’ve eaten the drumstick, cracked the wishbone, you’re full of pumpkin pie. And your family just isn’t all that into football; you’re movie people and planning on a DVD-filled day. Just don’t let the following horrible 2010 film releases give you indigestion.Worst Comedy: 'Grown Ups'Almost all Adam Sandler movies are pretty low-brow exercises in flatulence and stupidity. But even at hi
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You’ve eaten the drumstick, cracked the wishbone, you’re full of pumpkin pie. And your family just isn’t all that into football; you’re movie people and planning on a DVD-filled day. Just don’t let the following horrible 2010 film releases give you indigestion.

Worst Comedy: 'Grown Ups'

Almost all Adam Sandler movies are pretty low-brow exercises in flatulence and stupidity. But even at his least brain-challenging, the man is often good for a few laughs. And then there’s this empty potato-chip bag of a film, the end product of deciding to get all your buddies together and go off on vacation. Only you also bring a film crew. Look, just because it made a lot of money doesn’t make it good.

Worst Moment: Anytime one character insults another, the camera hits the rest of the guys for laughing reaction shots, like a weird encouragement for the audience to join in the empty mirth.

Worst Jennifer Aniston Vehicle: 'The Bounty Hunter'

“The Switch,” Aniston’s pregnancy comedy with Jason Bateman, was more morally reprehensible, with its themes of sperm-donation secrets and best-friend deception mined for laughs. But no one saw that one. People did see "The Bounty Hunter," however, and if Aniston cares about her fans it will be the last straw for her decision-making team when it comes to scripts. No more rottenly unfunny opposites-attract rom-com nightmares, please. The doggy movie ("Marley & Me") was nice and weepy. So are most of the films where she plays someone bitterly witty and borderline depressed (see “Friends With Money,” it’s awesome). More of that please, Team A.

Worst Moment: Any of several scenes in which Aniston and Gerard Butler, who are in hate-love with one another, decide to stop the action and argue. Her: “You’re so disgusting!” Him: “You’re impossible!” and on and on like that until you wish someone would come along and throw them both in jail for being annoying and dull.

Worst Remake: 'Clash of The Titans'

See, the thing is, when you’re remaking a bad movie you’re supposed to fix the original’s mistakes, not repeat them and add new ones all your own, making people look fondly to the past. Not only does the new "Clash" ditch the cheesy-cool 1980s stop-motion animation in favor of blandly digital 3-D monsters, it rejects its responsibility to be goofy fun. A dour time is guaranteed for all.

Worst Moment: It’s also the best moment, but Liam Neeson posing on Olympus solemnly muttering profundities with Ralph Fiennes is the kind of thing that makes you wonder how many takes it took the pair to do it all the way through with straight faces. Neeson's silver suit is equal parts visual fuzz, glow-in-the-dark blinding and hyperactively ridiculous.

Worst Kids' Movie: 'Alpha and Omega'/'The Spy Next Door'

There had to be a tie, one for live action misery (“Spy”) and one for animated headache (“Alpha”). The spy game involves a neutered Jackie Chan as a family man/secret agent on the trail of children’s-film-level-dangerous Russian bad guys. Add some “Kindergarten Cop” to the witless, humorless recipe and stir in a heaping helping of embarrassing Billy Ray Cyrus “acting.” Easily the worst Jackie Chan movie ever made. As for “Alpha and Omega,” a cartoon about wolf mating, just try sitting through it and then having to explain it to your six-year-old.

Worst Moments: Watching teenage wolf characters canoodling in the moonlight while howling in harmony (the movie’s approximation of animal sex) or Cyrus’s rage-inspiring hair making any entrance into any scene.

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Worst Thing M. Night Shyamalan Touched: 'The Last Airbender'

Surprise! It’s not “Devil,” even though that was awful, too. Thing is, that ride in the Hellevator with Satan’s daughter at least made narrative sense. “Airbender” creates a fantasy world of natural elements controlled by various factions (the fire people are in charge because, duh, they can set everyone else on fire) where there are organic rules that are either ignored, broken or forgotten about by all the characters. Then it descends into a quicksand-like mire, incomprehensible to its kid target audience and an invitation to adult chaperones to take a quick nap behind 3D glasses.

Worst Moment: Nicola Peltz, as Katara, intones the following bit of well-paid screenwriting: “They believe in what they believe in as much as we believe in our beliefs!” Runner-up line of hammer-to-the-head hilarity: “Again, I offer my condolences on your nephew burning to death in that terrible accident.” Just don’t blame the poor actors; they don’t ad-lib this stuff.

Worst of The Worst: 'Sex and the City 2'

How the mighty have fallen. Weren’t Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha once everyone’s favorite gang of middle-aged girlfriends/shoe-shopping pals? Answer: They were. Then they rode to the Middle East on a plane made of diamonds and forced everyone to bend to their will. Later, at a pivotal plot moment, one of them pelvic-thrusts at the hot air while screaming “I HAVE SEX!” before they all wacky-race through a spice-and-bootleg-purse market in face-covering chadors. It was a movie about friendship, obviously.

Worst Moment: The nightmare karaoke sing-along of “I Am Woman.” Everyone involved in the creation of “Glee” breathed a sigh of relief, realizing that no bad decision anyone ever makes that show will ever touch that scene’s mutant horror.

Dave White is a film critic for Movies.com