A beautifully spun rendition of the classic Cinderella story, Ella Enchanted had always been a favorite of my youth. That is, until someone thought it was a good idea to make it into a musical starring Anne Hathaway.
The Cat in the Hat
Mike Meyers dressed up as a giant cat, hanging around two children. In Dr. Seuss' beloved cartoon, a completely acceptable situation. In live-action? Not so much.
The Kite Runner
This film did perhaps the most justice to its print counterpart from all the books on this list. However, Hosseini's poetic imagery of a war-torn Afghanistan is better absorbed with one's own imagination.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Adams manages to keep his readers entertained with 250 pages of puns, whimsical diction, and an entirely absurd plot. The movie fails to deliver.
Tolkien is probably spinning in his grave. Even director Peter Jackson called it "awful". In an interview after the third installment was released, Jackson admitted he "didn't know what the hell [he] was doing."
Breakfast at tiffany's
The 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn is considered a classic, and for good reason. However the original Breakfast at Tiffany's plot follows a radically different story. Capote's version was a much darker look into Holly Golightly's psyche, and the male protagonist was meant to be gay. What is most offensive about the film version, however, is not the romanticization of the plot, but Mickey Rooney with taped eyes playing an angry Japanese landlord.