The 10 Worst Movies Ronald Reagan Watched at Camp David, and the Five Hippest

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At least half this title is a lie.
During a panel discussion on C-SPAN recently, someone mentioned that the Ronald Reagan Library has a list online of every movie he and Nancy watched at Camp David or the White House.

So we checked it out. They watched a lot of movies, including Reagan's old films. There are a lot of Hollywood classics on the list, some surprisingly good obscure movies and a ton of `80s dreck.

Even the worst Reagan hater would sympathize with him for having to sit through these 10 stinkbombs:

10. Funny Farm
Starring Chevy Chase and absolutely no one else you've heard of, this slapstick disaster is considered the nadir of director George Roy Hill's career, and he's the guy who directed Little Drummer Girl, the worst adaptation of a John Le Carre novel ever put to screen.




9. Soul Man
C. Thomas Howell stars in this film. If you need a bigger red flag than "Starring C. Thomas Howell," the poster made clear the movie was about Howell trying to pass off as black for some convoluted reason, leading to such cringe-inducing scenes as the one above.

Who knows, maybe Ron and Nancy chuckled.



8. Chattanooga Choo Choo
Maybe the Reagans thought this was an extended version of Frances Langford singing the big band hit in The Glenn Miller Story, another movie they watched at Camp David.

Alas, in what must have been his biggest disappointment besides the failure of trickle-down economics, this Chattanooga Choo Choo starred -- brace yourself -- I Dream of Jeannie's Barbara Eden and, somehow, Joe Namath.

"The song that kept America chuggin' along is this summer's funniest movie!" was the tagline. You absolutely owe it to yourself to watch the trailer embedded above.



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9 comments
MadMac
MadMac

"To say that Roger Moore was getting a little old to play James Bond by the time Octopussy came out is like saying Tim Tebow likes church."

And he made another one after this!

DengZoo2
DengZoo2

Dude had a pretty crazy taste in films didnt he?www.Total-Privacy dot US

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Reagan has a legacy so distorted by the Conservativeidolization of him that we may never have a clear picture of the real manbehind the television set beyond the elaborate myth now concocted around him.  Did he really rid the world of commiescum?  Did destroy or save oureconomy?  Check out my portrait of TheGipper in commemoration of the Reagan Centennial and help me figure it out on myartist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...

Larry Kessler
Larry Kessler

Hey now, Continental Divide was a sweet little love story (small L, small S) and Blair Brown? OMG *melt*

Katy
Katy

C. Thomas Howell was trying to convince the world he was black to get a minority scholarship, as I recall...

Yeah. 

That bad.

It was the Eighties, though - a strange, heady time, full of cocaine and chilly wars.

D.a. Trappert
D.a. Trappert

I agree. It's a nice little movie where Belushi acts almost normal, but Blair Brown is definitely the show here. Wow!

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