The ’90s were not cool. No matter how much one looks back on the era with nostalgia, we have to admit it wasn’t pretty. Chain wallets, Beanie Babies, and Crystal Pepsi are just a few of the awful things to come out of the ’90s—and we’re in no mood for more. Still, there’s a sense of pride that comes from having lived through it (and survived it), especially when there was so much to be embarrassed of.
Out of everything, the most noteworthy artifacts to come from the ’90s have to be the bad movies. Oh, so many bad movies. This day and age we have bad movies like The Room, where viewers can enjoy how horrible it is. The ’90s, on the other hand, didn’t make these kinds of films. They were just plain awful and, sadly, they’ll be around forever. They cannot be destroyed or erased from history forever.
We’re not going to let a couple of horrible movies ruin our childhoods. Instead, we’re going to put our knowledge of them to use. What better way to do this than to take this quiz on the ’90s dumbest movies? There’s no better way of moving on from the memory of watching these movies than taking this quiz.
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1Known for its stupid humor involving a furry dog car and laxatives, which one of these iconic ’90s films is it?
Most people are mixed about this movie from the mid ’90s. It’s either considered a classic or is completely lacking in any smart film-making. This buddy comedy road trip movie is about two friends who seek to return a lost briefcase full of money to a rich woman from Aspen, Colorado. It would go on to spawn a cult following and many more movies after it. Known for its stupid humor involving a furry dog car and laxatives, which one of these iconic ’90s films is it?
2What movie from the ’90s has an eccentric protagonist even the police department he works for won’t take seriously?
A movie starring one of the ’90s most beloved (and lucrative) comedic actors, it excels more in potty humor than it does witticisms. The story enters around a private detective tasked with tracking down the thieves after a mysterious kidnapping. Our protagonist takes special care of his hair and even enlists the help of a football player and close friend named Spike to help him when the going gets rough. What movie from the ’90s has an eccentric protagonist even the police department he works for won’t take seriously?
3What movie has two losers locked away with a group of scientists in a five-year experiment?
This film from the mid ’90s is about two silly lowlifes who accidentally stumble upon a profound discovery while driving. What they think they’re stopping for is a shopping mall (in order to visit the restroom), finding something else instead: A group of scientists who were sealed off from the outside world for years. The rest plays out like two kids locked inside a long-term science experiment and, like the two main characters, we feel locked up whenever we watch it. What movie has two losers locked away with a group of scientists in a five-year experiment?
4What movie served as the debut for this professional athlete, who was paid $7 million to star in it?
Starring a famous professional athlete, this one lacks the kind of movie-making magic that put Hollywood on the map. It’s a movie about a wayward kid who makes an accidental discovery that changes his life forever while trying to escape a street gang. Set in New York City, it’s the kind of movie that will discourage most people from ever wanting to visit the Big Apple—really, it’s that bad. What movie served as the debut for this professional athlete, who was paid $7 million to star in it?
5What kid-friendly movie from the ’90s with wise-cracking ninjas includes cheesy food and cheesy jokes?
This classic family favorite film has a lot of Kung Fu fighting action and even more dumb humor. Laughter is good for the soul, though, right? It’s the quintessential ’90s movie with plenty of cheesy jokes that are long dated by today's standards (not to mention characters’ penchant for a certain cheesy food). The main characters come from underground, but there’s nothing alternative on an artistic level about them (or this film). What kid-friendly movie from the ’90s with wise-cracking ninjas is it?
6What stupid idea of a movie from the ’90s involves a boy, a hero and a hitman?
The next film is a parody of action films. The only irony is it looks even dumber trying to make fun of movies that are a million times better. A young boy gets a magic ticket to his favorite character’s new film (whoa, it even gets meta) and finds himself transported to a new world where he meets his hero. A hitman is on the boy’s tail and the boy must team up with his favorite hero in order to stop the hitman. What stupid idea of a movie from the ’90s involves a boy, a hero and a hitman?
7What ’90s film has a wrongly convicted character go from death row to superhero?
This prison break movie of the dumbest order involves a recurring character (spanning multiple films) who this time finds himself locked up because he looks like a wanted criminal. Eventually, he’s sentenced to death and somehow obtains superpowers from the electric chair. As if that doesn’t already sound stupid, the protagonist escapes from jail and uses his powers to stop the actual criminal who looks like him. What ’90s film has a wrongly convicted character go from death row to superhero?
8What ’90s movie had a group of one hit wonders on an adventure?
A glorified music video of sorts, this one takes place in one of the countries with the word “United” in it. It’s colorful, it’s musical and it’s totally dumb. Sure, maybe people who were fans of the music group watched it, but did they really enjoy seeing their favorite band drive around in a bus? The only silver lining about that part was the bus driver was played by none other than Meat Loaf of “Bat Out of Hell” fame. What ’90s movie had a group of one hit wonders on an adventure?
9What ’90s western buddy cop movie tried to be fun and ended up being plain dumb in the end?
Westerns were once the most popular genre of movies in Hollywood. The ’90s reminded us why these movies aren’t made as much anymore. Even two elite actors couldn’t save this one, which was strained by weak visual effects and a hit song by one of the stars. Sure, the technology was kind of cool and primitive-looking, but it sure tried too hard. What ’90s western buddy cop movie tried to be fun and ended up being plain dumb in the end?
10What ’90s comedy flop tried to reboot a classic ’70s TV show and failed miserably at the box office?
Based on the hit comedy TV show starring everyone’s favorite family, this one should’ve stuck to the small screen. Cast with new actors (some decent lookalikes, others way off the mark), it was intended to be a throwback to the ’70s-hit TV show and kick off a bunch of new fans. Instead, all it did was leave a bad last impression following the show. What ’90s comedy flop tried to reboot a classic ’70s TV show and failed miserably at the box office?
11What beloved classic video game was completely botched by this film adaptation in the ’90s?
A movie adapted from one of the most popular video games ever was sure to be a hit, right? Wrong. Instead of being a giant leap forward, it ended up being a flop. While the film could have adopted the ridiculousness of the original game and its bizarre characters, instead, it took a more grounded approach by making characters look realistic. The two main characters are blue collar types—they don’t have the finest jobs—and it’s up to them to clean up New York. What beloved classic video game was completely botched by this film adaptation in the ’90s?
12What movie starring two great comedians in the end only proves how two positives make a negative?
This next entry is proof that not even two comedic dynamos can save a film. No amount of jokes will be enough to pull it out of its depths of stupidity. This is another unoriginal buddy road trip movie–filled with forced slapstick and crude humor–about a governor’s embarrassing younger brother. In order to keep his election on track, he hires someone to keep his brother from causing any trouble that might jeopardize his campaign. What movie starring two great comedians in the end only proves how two positives make a negative?
13What movie manages to pull off dumb, dark humor while being totally forgettable at the same time?
This strange (and dumb) film is about a guy kicked out by his girlfriend, who makes a mistake when he pretends to befriend a loner. What he doesn’t realize is how far the loner will go to ruin his life once he finds out how he was being used. From there, the movie turns into a comedic nightmare for the main character, who can’t get rid of the loner. Oh, and there’s also a secondary story involving a man–formerly a child star–who murders his sibling. What movie manages to pull off dumb, dark humor while being totally forgettable at the same time?
14What ’90s movie has goofy prosthetics that end up being funnier than the actual jokes?
A film that looks funnier than it really is (in large part because of the bizarre prosthetics the actors wear), the protagonists are friendly extraterrestrials. Arrived at Earth from the planet Remulak (by accident), the main characters realize Earth–where they’ve taken up residence and had a child–isn’t so bad after all. What ends up being bad is the movie’s laughs, which a third grader could understand. It has the kind of lame humor that spun off from a sketch on Saturday Night Live (SNL), which is to say it’s not very funny. What ’90s movie has goofy prosthetics that end up being funnier than the actual jokes?
15What dumb movie is filled with so much slapstick you’ll wonder why it wasn’t just animated like a Looney Tunes cartoon?
Why was this film ever made? The experience of watching this is as painful as the bruises the bad guys have by the end of it. Is it really necessary to watch a kid beat up so many grown adults for two hours? Even a young Scarlett Johansson couldn’t escape having this dreadful film on her resume. The gags are infinite as four villains trip, electrocute and burn in an attempt to steal a microchip with only one 8-year-old kid in their way. What dumb movie is filled with so much slapstick you’ll wonder why it wasn’t just animated like a Looney Tunes cartoon?
16Do you know what movie starring a Friends cast member is better left forgotten in the ’90s?
Adapted from a classic sci-fi show, it was better off leaving the franchise alone altogether. We’re simply at a loss as to why the filmmakers thought this franchise needed a modern update. It’s about a family with the head father, a scientist, who works to reverse the effects of pollution on Earth. Starring a familiar face from the hit TV show Friends, this one was an utter bore. Do you know what movie is better left forgotten in the ’90s?
17What favorite children's TV show from the ’90s got its own big dumb movie?
A team of teenagers with super abilities team up to fight monsters. Such a simple plot and yet it’s what launched a monumental franchise in the ’90s (even though it dubbed over reused footage from a Japanese show). It was inevitable–like all TV shows–that an eventual film adaptation would happen. The bad guy comes from a giant purple egg, causing the film’s heroes to seek out a scantily clad woman on another planet who will empower them with new abilities. What favorite children's TV show from the ’90s got its own big dumb movie?
18Do you know what alien movie is so dumb even great actors couldn’t save this one?
With an all-star cast, laughs and funny-looking aliens, all the ingredients were there to make a hit film, right? You’d think so, but really this next alien invasion film is a slap to the face. While it tries not to take itself too seriously, it can’t help but fall backwards—just like the film’s president. Like the U.S. government trying to ascertain the aliens’ agenda, we tried to figure out what the filmmakers were thinking when they made this one. Do you know what alien movie is so dumb even great actors couldn’t save this one?
19What movie manages to sound awesome—with wizards, four-armed bad guys and snakes that shoot out of characters’ hands—but ends up being totally dumb?
While the catchy slogan from this film adapted from a video game is “Finish him!”, we can relate to wanting the film to be finished before it starts. A group of disparate fighters find themselves on an island where they must join a tournament to survive. It even made enough money to greenlight a sequel that had some of the worst visual effects of all time. What movie manages to sound awesome—with wizards, four-armed bad guys and snakes that shoot out of characters’ hands—but ends up being totally dumb?
20What star-studded cast was wasted on this bizarre superhero film with a character that throws forks and another who farts at his enemies?
Before the era when superhero films came out every 2-3 months, the genre back in the ’90s was a lot less sparse. What existed then were more silly films that took superheroes much less seriously. This star-studded film went really far into weird territory, and then some. Taking place in Champion City, the villainous Casanova Frankenstein has escaped from prison and made an example of the city’s hero, Captain Amazing. If that doesn’t sound dumb, we really suggest you have yourself examined. What star-studded cast was wasted on this bizarre superhero film with a character that throws forks and another who farts at his enemies?
21What movie about a Christmas action figure was one of the worst films—if not the worst–of the ’90s?
This holiday movie centers around the simple plot of a father trying to get his son the most popular toy for Christmas. A film that teams up an A-list action star with a B-list comedian, it’s one of those cases of a movie that hasn’t aged well upon recent viewings. While also starring the late Phil Hartman, it never manages to reach the status of a good comedy, instead opting for forced jokes and lame slapstick. It’s even foreshadowing for what great acting Star Wars fans had to look forward to in a young Anakin Skywalker. What movie about a Christmas action figure was one of the worst films—if not the worst–of the ’90s?
22What movie from the ’90s insulted us with a plot so ridiculous that could never possibly happen?
This film tries to put a positive spin on one of America’s worst wars. While it’s a lighthearted film that doesn’t try to be too serious of a drama, it sure manages to be dumb. Returning a giant animal to a village in order to make people happy sounds like a noble cause, but torturing a whole audience for two hours is just rude. Plus, it’s not even possible to use a parachute to drop in an animal that heavy. What movie from the ’90s insulted us with a plot so ridiculous that could never possibly happen?
23What '90s flick showcased a man who agrees to be in the crosshairs of German Nazis at the risk of his own life just for a chance at $50,000?
People will do anything for money, including the protagonist of this dumb movie. He agrees to be in the crosshairs of German Neo Nazis at the risk of his own life for one catch: If he survives, he gets $50,000. First of all, there’s one item that sure dates this thing—I mean, $50,000 is nothing now (at least not enough to get chased by Neo Nazis). Secondly, is that plot not ridiculous? Either way, there’s only one movie from the ’90s that could be so outlandish. Do you know which one it is?
24What army film from the ’90s features a military leader who doesn’t take his position very seriously?
This is an odd army movie that really has nothing to do with war or what it’s like being a soldier. It’s really just about the goofy hijinks that occur on a military base and the commander in charge who’s more than he appears. For a film that has gambling and a hover tank, it sure is lame. Not even the incredible cast can save this one. What army film from the ’90s features a military leader who doesn’t take his position very seriously?
25What horrible '90s film featured two of the main characters in the title and left us longer for a sequel that would actually do the franchise justice?
This film so infamous it’s been known more for the prominent nipples of the costumers than the cowls. In a film that doesn’t quite know whether it wants to be an action flick, a comedy or a strange colorful rave, this movie flew onto the scene in the late ’90s. Years later, the film’s leading star admitted to regrets taking on the role, whose stale performance shows signs of little effort. In the end, we admit there’s still some enjoyment from a comedic level from repeat viewings. What horrible '90s film featured two of the main characters in the title and left us longer for a sequel that would actually do the franchise justice?