Ever feel judged if your movie taste tends to lean more towards trashy horror films, silly comedies, and Nicholas Sparks rom-coms, rather than Oscar-winning movies and art-house flicks? Girl, I feel your pain. The struggle is real whenever I go to the cinema and no one will watch Bad Neighbors 2 with me.
Well, don't feel bad about your trashy film choices anymore, because if you've got a penchant for these kind of not-so-critically acclaimed movies, it could mean your smarter. Well, sort of.
Academics at the journal Poetics published a study called Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions, reports The Independent. And the study found that people who watch so-bad-they're-good movies often watch them "ironically and have an above average education."
Films classed as "trash" (harsh) were categorized by their "cheapness" (low budget horror films or those with low quality production values) and the study found that the people who enjoyed those films were more likely to be "film buffs" who watched these movies ironically to enjoy how crap they were—and analyze them.
Keyvan Sarkhosh, post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics said that "To such viewers, trash films appear as an interesting and welcome deviation from the mainstream fare." He added: "We are dealing here with an audience with above-average education, which one could describe as 'cultural omnivores.' Such viewers are interested in a broad spectrum of art and media across the traditional boundaries of high and popular culture."
Hmm, so that probably doesn't mean the study is talking about people who watch these kind of movies ALL the time, rather that those that watch them as a "break" from high-brow films tend to be, by default, more analytical.
Ah well, still bookmarking this for when somebody shames me for liking 27 Dresses.