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Tom Cruise, "Far and Away" (1992)
You can spend years being warned about its horrors, hearing it spoken about in hushed and embarrassed whispers, mocking it based on snippets from trailers, but absolutely nothing can prepare you for Tom Cruise's Irish accent in "Far and Away." The story of a wee leprechaun and his giantess bride -- Trust me, it's more enjoyable if you pay no attention to the actual plot -- "Far and Away" was ravishingly shot by Mikael Salomon and it really does have a few set pieces that give hints of the highly proficient [but only occasionally inspired] director Ron Howard has become today, but there's a limit to how much you can do when your leading man would be more convincing protecting his pot of gold from breakfast cereal eaters than wooing Nicole Kidman.
- Daniel Fienberg