Enjoying Rubbish Films Could Actually Be A Sign Of Intelligence

We all know that coming home from a long day at work, popping on a trash film and ordering a pizza is the perfect way to relax, but until now, we've probably been made to a feel a bit ashamed about it.

However, a study has found that people who like trashy films are actually more intelligent. So tell your mates that next time they take the piss because you want to watch Adam Sandler's latest Netflix Original.


The study, published in Poetics journal, with the title: 'Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions', explains that there's no shame in being a fan of shite fims after all.

The team who carried out the study began by finding out what exactly was classed as a 'trashy movie' and the most common characteristic given by respondents was 'cheapness'.


Low budget horror movies - I'm looking at you Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! - were the most commonly mentioned example, probably because there's so many of them.

Researchers found that it was mostly film-buffs and movie-lovers who watched the trash films and that 'ironic viewing' came into play.


Keyvan Sarkhosh, a postdoctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics who carried out the study wrote: "To such viewers, trash films appear as an interesting and welcome deviation from the mainstream fare.

"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."


So, there we go, if anyone ever tries to make you watch a four-hour-long Dutch art house movie about a man who loses his hat, to try and broaden your horizons tell them to fuck off and put Nicolas Cage's remake of The Wickerman on instead.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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