The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Backlash

You'd think 13 Academy Award nominations would garner you a little love, but it appears not everyone thinks The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is Oscar worthy. Specifically the creators of the Official Anti-Benjamin Button Club, whose goal is to ensure "one of the most pretentious, hackneyed and blatant attempt(s) to win an Oscar ever made" does not succeed.

Now I have heard of For Your Consideration campaigns before, but not one to get people to consider not voting for a film. And they really don't like the movie:

There are haikus:
old man you are small
time passes hummingbirds fly
why why three hours

Suggestions to the Academy:
If you like Benjamin Button, you might also enjoy: Turner and Hootch; Licking batteries; Moss

And helpful videos that suggest we may have seen this somewhere before:

I haven't seen the movie myself, but they make a compelling case to spend my three hours elsewhere


  1. Must be Republicans. You are making a mistake. It is a beautiful movie with a thoughtful message.

  2. I get the impression that it is more of a bipartisan dislike.

  3. We are Republicans and Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats, Socialists, Communists, Dictators, and of course, Bokononists. Our political beliefs are not what bind us together.

    Instead, it is our shared revulsion at being blatantly manipulated, our feeling that this movie was created solely as a ploy to win Academy Awards, and our bitterness at wasting three precious hours of our lives with an epic turd - that is what makes us unified and strong.

    Plus, we're bored and have nothing better to do with our lives.

  4. Well, speaking as a David Fincher fan, I don't think Benjamin Button is as bad as anyone must think it is. And I seriously doubt Fincher would create a movie intentionally to win an Academy Award. I get the impression he has always gone his own way. If there's to be a backlash, maybe it should be against some other movie!

  5. Button is a little long at points, I'll give it that, but the end of it is devastatingly beautiful. As a father of a boy, I think you might be as moved as I was to see Button "age" into a little boy, then toddler, then infant. It's about how fleeting life can be.

    Interestingly, my brother went to see it and didn't like it, and we had a big back and forth email discussion on it yesterday (the crux of his argument was that it was too much like Forrest Gump... the crux of mine was that it wasn't). I think I'll post a blog on it.

    That said, I do love the tongue-in-cheek response from the Club above. :) That made me laugh, even if I don't agree with them! :)

  6. Do be honest, at the risk of being drummed out of the O.A.B.B.C., but I still want to see it despite what has been said. I'm contrarian that way, especially when it comes to reviews of movies.

    The question is, of course, as a mother of two, you managed to get away to see it in the first place.