When I was in the military in Louisiana, I had a lot of free time. So I dove my time into video games and movies. Switching between the two when my shift was over (and sometimes during).
Initially, for movies I was using Netflix, but because the shipping centers were so far away it would often take a week or so to get new movies. For any normal person, waiting a week in between movies would not have presented a problem, but as I said before, my shift was over and I had a lot of free time since my schedule was 3 days on, 3 days off – and I was working nights exclusively.
Enter Blockbuster (yes, they were around and actually hadn’t started to die off yet) and their Blockbuster Total Access (it may have been called something different). Total access allowed you at the time to rent as many movies as you wanted per month for one low price and with their store within 2-minute walking distance from my house this made it an, even more, killer deal.
So, I began on an adventure – at first picking movies, I thought would be good – mostly the high budget atypical titles. But as I starting finding too many similarities in the movies, I slowly became more adventurous and started to rent any movie. Over the couple years I rented from this store, I was able to watch almost the store’s entire collection of “new rentals”, we literally started on one side and begun to work our way across the selection of fresh rentals.
Enter Benchwarmers, for those not familiar with the movie – A trio of guys (Jon Heder, David Spade, and Rob Schneider) try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard children baseball squads. As much as the premise sounds horrible the actual movie is even worse. I couldn’t believe that ANYONE could enjoy this movie, let alone recommend it.
This took over as our defacto question, for testing the waters of the Blockbuster employees that we would ask recommendations from – “What did you think of Benchwarmers?”
Recently, after seeing Pixels, it became apparent, production team Happy Madison Productions had done it again. There is a new benchmark in town… At least until a new Jennifer Lawrence movie or Ghostbusters