In order to really grab our attentions, a movie needs to have an interesting premise. However, there have been times where filmmakers have taken things extremely far in that regard, coming up with some truly outrageous concepts. This isn’t to say that they were bad movies. On the contrary, there have been some excellent movies with ridiculous concepts. Of course, there have also been some strange films that didn’t exactly do too well. For your reading pleasure, we are going to cover both – the crazy ideas that worked, and the ones that did not.
The title may not indicate much strangeness, but anyone who’s seen the movie knows how ridiculous the premise of it is (however successful it may have been).
The story revolves around John Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg, who makes a wish as a child for his stuffed teddy bear to be real. His wish comes true, with the emergence of Ted, voice by Seth MacFarlane, taking the world by storm with his antics and causing controversial debates among the crazed media as well.
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
The title alone pretty much says it all, but it also makes you raise an eyebrow.
Here’s the thing: people like to joke about dangerous fictional scenarios, but when it comes to flying on a plane, people don’t like to joke about that. Simply the concept of having snakes on a plane is enough to make anyone squirm – especially because not every plane is lucky enough to have an amped up Samuel L. Jackson firing up a storm and making his presence known.
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Although there is a sweet innocence to this movie, its level of outrageousness is on another level.
Henry Rowengartner, a young kid with a love for baseball, is hospitalized and upon leaving discovers that he has a freakish ability to throw a baseball extremely fast. He then proceeds to join the Chicago Cubs, where the line between young child and national superstar gets blurred in more ways than one. But hey, at least Gary Busey is in the film.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
This movie takes the concept of time travel and pretty much runs with it however it sees fit, even when the magical time machine happens to be a hot tub.
Yes, the title wasn’t joking when it said that. It revolves around a group of middle aged men who enjoy a hot tub together, only to get transported back to their high school days, where they can then decide if they want to change the past, and strangely enough, enjoy their new futures as a result.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Wouldn’t you agree that this movie looks absolutely ridiculous just from this picture? We think so too.
In this case, we have a movie about aliens who’ve decided to invade earth and dress themselves up in clown makeup, as if it’s the most horrific Halloween of all time. As if things couldn’t get any weirder, they then proceed to trap the humans in cocoons made out of cotton candy. Yes, you heard us correctly.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
Here’s a title that sounds strange right off the bat, but it’s even stranger when you watch the film.
It stars Matthew McConaughey, whos portrays a long time ladies man who must now confront the “ghosts” of all the women he’s ever scorned from romance. It’s just about as crazy as it sounds, but at least there’s a heartfelt rom-com angle to it as well. Jennifer Garner portrays the “one that got away,” and it’s up to him to confront his demons and finally make it work with her.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Another extremely successful movie, and a strong highlight of the strong career of the late comic genius, Robin Williams.
He plays the role of Daniel, a father of three who’s being divorced and pushed out of the house by his wife. Desperate to see his kids more often, he creates an impressive female body suit, where he assumes the identity of “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Having fooled everyone, he then becomes his children’s nanny, leading to all kinds of crazy shenanigans.
Surf Ninjas (1993)
When you first start watching this movie, you might think it’s an innocent movie about a group of young teenagers who enjoy surfing.
After a while though, you come to realize that there’s a lot more going on – like the fact that these surfers are in fact heirs to an ancient throne called Patusan. Oh yeah, and now they must protect this particular kingdom from an evil tyrant named Colonel Chi. Yep, this movie’s premise is totally normal.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
Out of all the titles on this list, this is certainly one of the most ridiculous. We’ve gotten a bunch of weird ones, but this is right up there.
Right, so… Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. There really aren’t any conceptual parallels going on here – this is literally what happens in the movie. Tomatoes have somehow found a way to be sentient beings, and they now possess a freakish agenda to destroy human beings. It’s quite the party.
Bubble Boy (2001)
Many of us were subjected to overprotective parents, but the main character of this film beats us all by a landslide.
Jimmy Livingston, who’s played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is placed in a “bubble” by his mother from the day he was born. His mother does this as an attempt to protect him from the dangers of the outside world, and he can never leave the house as a result. The concept is pretty crazy, although we admit that it does reflect bluntly on certain cultures.
Air Bud (1997)
Ahh, good old Air Bud. Did someone call the 90s nostalgia parade? Because we can hear it coming to town, in the form of one of the most talented dogs to ever grace this earth.
We kid you not, Air Bud was a fictional dog who had this strange ability to play basketball, football, soccer, and baseball with ease. Opposing teams were left dumbstruck when Air Bud would score on them, and considering the absurdity of the film, we don’t blame them.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Based on the title, you might be trying to rack your brain as to what the concept of this movie is. But the reality is more strange than you could possibly imagine.
So Scott Pilgrim (played by Michael Cera) meets the girl of his dreams, and all seems well. Of course, he then realizes that he must “battle” each of her seven ex-boyfriends in order to win her over. If you think the concept in strange, just watch how weirdly it plays out in the film.
Soul Man (1986)
There is a fine line between humor and racism – and this movie dances on the line like it’s not really sure it’s there.
In the movie, a spoiled white kid is determined to get into Harvard – but he then finds out that the only way he can get in is if he paints his skin black. He proceeds to masquerade as an African American, and let’s just say it doesn’t exactly go right for him. More importantly, audiences weren’t so sure how to react.
The Mannequin (1987)
We’ve all been there, right? You walk by a clothing store, you see a mannequin, you find them attractive, and before you know it, you’re in love.
No, that was a joke – none of us have been there. However, that is exactly what this strange film is about. After a young man comes upon a mannequin he designed, she comes to life and the pair end up falling in love. Interestingly enough, the movie did well enough for them to make a sequel.
Joe’s Apartment (1996)
There’s nothing worse than little pests who roam your hallways and drive you to the brink of craziness – but none of them even compare to the ones in Joe’s Apartment.
This movie centers around a group of cockroaches who set up camp in Joe’s pad and make themselves a little too comfortable, if you catch our drift. They make dirty jokes, they have parties, and they even intervene with Joe scoring with the ladies. Certainly not your typical insects.
The Shining (1980)
The Shining is one of the most popular and iconic horror films of all time, and yet the premise is practically as ridiculous as can be.
It centers around Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, who gets a job as a caretaker for a hotel in Colorado, where he takes his family. The hotel seems isolated, but this is certainly not the case. Soon enough Jack begins go mad within its walls, and the movie only gets more outrageous with every scene.
This film really does take the cake – it’s about a tire. But not just any tire. It’s a tire that has a desire to kill people, and actually has the capabilities of doing so.
Due to its psychic abilities, the tire certainly catches a bunch of people off guard – including the audience. Let’s just say it feels like the filmmakers just chose a random car part and decided to give it powers. Alas, we may never look at car tires the same way again.
Howard the Duck (1986)
We’ve all have that crazy friend who not only shares a lot of our interests, but is also a duck. Yeah, not so much.
Maybe this was the filmmakers mindset when they made the film – to make us feel like we were friends with Howard the Duck. But when he gets sent to earth, plays music, has intimate romantic relations with a woman, and saves the world, we’re not really sure how we’re supposed to feel about him.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
This movie kind of reinforces the idea of belief, and the power of wishing for something – although it takes this idea further than you might ever expect.
Similar to Ted, Timmy Green comes into existence by springing out of a “box of wishes” inside a couple’s backyard. Indeed, the film is certainly a bit crazy, but it actually has some heartfelt moments as well. It certainly cuts to the core for parents who are childless, but desperate for one.
Untamed Heart (1993)
This movie really gets going when a shy man commits an act of heroism, by saving a damsel in distress from being attacked.
It gets even more interesting when he and her begin to fall in love. Are you still following us? Because we’ve saved the best for last. In addition to the fact that the couple are in love, the man also has the heart of a baboon. Yeah… let that sink in for a bit while you try to figure out what in the world is going on.
Boxing Helena (1993)
This movie is very wacky, but it also holds elements of creepy and scary in there as well. In a nutshell, the movie pretty much goes like this.
After kidnapping his gorgeous young neighbor who’s just suffered a car crash, an surgeon decides to amputate her limbs and coax her into falling in love with him. He had a crush on her from the start, but the lengths he goes to make her like him in return seem a bit excessive, wouldn’t you say?
Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
This is one film that people certainly haven’t forgotten over the years – for better or worse.
Two workers at an insurance company discover that their boss has been killed – and in order to save themselves from being the next targets, they now must make it seem like he’s still alive. This leads to some truly ridiculous scenes, including a romantic date (not to mention an intimate scene) involving a woman and the man who has been deceased. Yeah, it’s a pretty weird movie.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Okay, so Planet of the Apes is obviously one of the most classic film franchises of all time, with sequels and reboots up the wazoo.
But judged in a vacuum, let’s be real – the premise is absolutely ridiculous. So we’re supposed to believe that apes will one day rise up against humans and force them in subservience? Come on… let’s not get crazy here. Then again, maybe that’s not the best attitude to have. Maybe we’re right where they want us.