The Guardian called The Happening “a disaster on so many levels.” Mark Wahlberg earned an Oscar nomination in “The Departed”, so his performance in this film was anticipated. Instead, his performance was deemed too whiny and self-pitying.
Even Wahlberg thought it was terrible, and he hated playing a teacher. In between expletives about “The Happening”, he said, “You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”
Freddie Prinze Jr in Down to You
Oh, where to begin with this movie and this performance. How about the fact that this isn't even the only one of his on this list? Freddie Prinze Jr. was once the most popular teen movie heartthrob in Hollywood. His most memorable role was probably in "She’s All That". "Down to You" focuses on Prinze Jr. as he tries to navigate life post-breakup with his first serious love.
Not an original premise but the extreme measures he takes didn’t spark emotion but rather were quite disturbing and poorly acted. The one that sticks out most to us is the scene where he drinks her shampoo to try and immunize himself to her. It’s a hard no for us.
Katie Holmes in Batman Begins
Katie Holmes played Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan’s "Batman Begins" but left after the first installment of the trilogy. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal stepped in to take over, and many fans wish she would’ve been the only Rachel Dawes in Gotham while others thought Holmes played her well.
Here's the thing, the lack of chemistry between her and Christian Bale was palpable on-screen. Nolan has been criticized relentlessly for miscasting Holmes. She hasn't appeared in a movie for three whole years after "Batman Begins".
Ashton Kutcher in Valentine's Day
Ashton Kutcher was never known as a serious actor, but he does have great looks and great comedic timing. This should have been more than enough for him to knock the romantic movie "Valentine’s Day" out of the park. He plays Reed Bennett, who proposes to his girlfriend Morley Clarkson (Jessica Alba).
Except for a few laughs here and there from the goofy Kutcher, his performance as a whole is supremely cliche, as if we could predict every line before he speaks them. He ended up winning a Golden Raspberry Award for his terrible performance.
Jessica Alba Was Not So Fantastic
All in all, there were a few salvageable moments in "Fantastic Four", but that’s about the best we can say about it. Jessica Alba played Fantastic Four member Sue Storm and was about as exciting in that role as a piece of white bread.
The film got a little bit lucky with the casting of Chris Evans as Johnny Storm and Julian McMahon as the villain Victor Von Doom. These two were able somewhat to salvage the film with their slightly better acting chops. Alba doesn’t seem like the ultimate choice for the role and her career suffered from it. She hasn't been featured in a memorable movie in years.