Live Poll: Love it or Hate it

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These movies are known to be divided; either you LOVE the movie or you HATE the movie. Which movie do you really LOVE (and don't deserve the HATE)?

My list: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068186284/
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/L41FvUzPoDo/
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Hoekkie

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The list started well, but I'm not too sure about some inclusions, I never heard about Being John Malkovich being a polarizing movie, and Big Fish could be criticized for being overly sentimental but not so bad it deserved to be hated. As for Dumb and Dumber, I don't think it's relevant to add a mindless silly comedy for that poll.

When we talk of "love it/hate it" movies, there's an element of seriousness in the film's premise that can only elicit a strong response, whether positive or negative. We're not supposed to take such comedies seriously, Jackass is an exception because it's not a fiction, people get hurt for real and the 'influence' the program has on people can be perceived as something worthy of either praise or disgust, same with Borat because it raises a few controversial points (the elements of seriousness I mentioned).

If it was up to me, I would add almost every David Lynch or Terry Gilliam's movie or at least
Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Brazil. 

For your consideration:
Kick-Ass
I Am Sam
Ghostbusters (2016)
Inglourious Basterds
Rules of Engagement
The Life of David Gale
How the West Was Won
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
 
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Thanks for the feedback.
I agree with you for the most part. But I do think this list can contain comedies. The Holy Grail for example is a Love it/Hate it film. It's a kind of humor that's not appreciated by all. I didn't add this one because I want to avoid high rated (Top250) movies.
I removed: Friday, Big Fish, Dumb and Dumber, Being John Malkovich, Lost Highway
I added: Punch-drunk Love, Avatar, Blue Velvet, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Kick Ass.

I want to keep variation in the list, that's why I add only one Lynch film.
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I humbly disagree about Holy Grail being a love it/ hate it film. I see your point, this brand of humor must be your cup of tea in order to enjoy it, but Holy Grail is a rather accessible movie. I mean, to go as far as hating a comedy, means three things in my opinion:

- you didn't laugh at all 
- controversy (politics and/or religion)
- too graphic (sex, violence)

Life of Brian might be more divisive because it touches a very sensitive subject, but Holy Grail, i can't imagine someone, even with the most snobbish tastes, not enjoy the film or not even find it mildly amusing. I don't know. 

There's a comedy I personally hated, it's MASH, I don't know if it fits your poll, but I hated its mean-spirited attitude and while I don't consider myself a feminist, I hated how they treated "Hot Lips" from beginning to the end (and at the end, she becomes a stereotypical dumb blonde and we never know why).
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I'm one of those people who hate The Holy Grail. I didn't laugh. I think it was kind of stupid. But maybe you're right and most people are amused by this movie. I don't know.
I didn't see MASH. I've made my list to Google a lot on love/hate movies. For far as I know, MASH wasn't mentioned. Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't add this one.
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Perhaps "divisive" is better than "divided"?

I really loved Lost in Translation.