Just because extreme sports are exciting to watch doesn't mean movies about them are.
If TV shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000 have taught us anything, it's that the film industry often has no clue as to what they're doing in terms of making a watchable movie. Bad acting, poor scriptwriting, and cringe-worthy special effects combined can guarantee a box office bomb and, lucky for us, they can all be found in the extreme sports genre! So if you need a movie to veg out to that requires zero brain activity, give these stinkers a watch!
Thanks to her role in Rad, Lori Laughlin was primed for public humiliation prior to her involvement in the Great College Admissions Caper of 2019. I'll let the infamous "prom scene" speak for itself.
BMX Bandits (1983)
Holy dingo poo, it's a young Nicole Kidman! But seriously, what was with the '80s and BMX movies?! I thought you were better than that, Australia!
In short, it's a young Josh Brolin in a movie consisting of Romeo and Juliet on skateboards.
Gleaming the Cube (1989)
A California skateboarder rife with teen angst and ennui is embroiled in a government conspiracy. Was the threat of nuclear war with the Soviets so bad in the '80s that the film industry simply gave up coming up with decent movies entirely? Or was it a way to encourage the Reds to go ahead and nuke us?!
The only nice thing I have to say about this movie is that it gave us one epic fight scene with a conveniently-placed pommel horse.
Snowboard Academy (1997)
Let's perpetuate the stereotype that snowboarders are reckless jerks and skiers are uptight ninnies! It's just like a weekend in Breckenridge!
Aside from feeling secondhand embarrassment for the actors, I feel bad for real-life extreme sports athletes who sit and watch their passion get turned into a laughing stock. Instead of watching a movie, go see the real deal at events like the X-Games where legitimate talent and hard work lives, far away from a Hollywood movie set.