Pop stars often dream of becoming movie stars. And it happens. Cher won an Academy Award for “Moonstruck.” Mark Wahlbeg has received two Oscar nods. And Fresh Prince Will Smith has become an A-list megastar.
But for some singers it doesn’t work out quite so well. Here are the Top Ten movie flops by singers, according to my playbook.
10. “Battleship” (2012) — Rihanna came away from this sci-fi action movie with fewer ego bruises than star Taylor Kitsch, but RiRi might’ve been hoping for a more auspicious film debut.
9. “The Love Guru” (2008) — Justin Timberlake probably doesn’t love this flop he made with sometimes-too-cute Mike Myers. Maybe fans will forget about it if he keeps cranking out better movies.
8. “From Justin to Kelly” (2003) — Kelly Clarkson only made this sappy movie with wannabe singer Justin Guarini because her American Idol contract required her to do it. Damn lawyers.
7. “Dukes of Hazard” (2005) — Jessica Simpson sure looked sexy washing a car in this cheesy movie based on a car-chase TV show, but there are no Academy Awards to be had in this moonshine-fueled farce.
6. “Soul Plane” (2004) — Snoop Dogg greedily took the money to do this hip-hop comedy that never got off the ground with audiences. Oh well, the check cashed.
5. “Crossroads” (2002) — The reviews pretty much summed up this Britney Spears outing: “She’s not a girl, not yet a woman, and definitely not an actress.”
4. “Swept Away” (2002) — Madonna’s then-hubby Guy Ritchie talked her into doing a remake of a film by Italian director Lina Wertmüller. A bad move for all.
3. “Glitter” (2001) — Mariah Carey made this show-biz movie that was based on her own career. As moviegoers witnessed, the movie part of her career didn’t fare too well.
2. “Gigli” (2003) — Jennifer Lopez co-starred in this stinker with then-boyfriend Ben Affleck. As it turned out, neither the movie nor the relationship worked out. But both stars managed to dust themselves off and bounce back to stardom.
1. “No Breathing” — Yuri, a member of the Girls’ Generation, got to star in “No Breathing,’’ a big-budget flop that sold only 400,000 tickets at the box office. Bummer. There goes another movie career down the drain.
Any singers who hit a sour note in films that you’d like to add to this list? Aw, c’mon. I kinda liked Christina Aguilera in “Burlesque.”
Shirrel Rhoades is a film writer for Cooke Communications.