I was just thinking about Xennial films in particular (Xennials are roughly people born on the border of Gen X and Millennial - about 1977 to 1985). Showgirls! This film won 7 Razzies and is considered one of the worst films ever made by everyone......... except the Xennial generation.
The film bombed at the box office, but much of that had to do with the fact that they wouldn't let Xennials in at many locations due to age restriction. Yet somehow the film managed to become a massive sleeper hit, making hundreds of millions in rentals and becoming one of MGM's highest selling films of all time on VHS. So, who the fuck bought it? That's right, it was us, the Xennials.
Paul Verhoeven films (which also include Robocop, Starship Troopers, and Total Recall) were among the most iconic for our generation.
I fucking love this film. Unfortunately, this is like the only scene I can post here without getting a ban due to stuffy rules (I understand, it's puritanism in ad/sponsor companies) =P
For the most part, people who hated this film are largely guilty of watching much worse B-films with skin and sex and not telling anyone about it. Showgirls was prolific, and people didn't want to embarass their oh-so public frowning on sexual selves by admitting to wanting to watch such a film... except Xennials, we were shameless, especially around the time of this film.
While on the topic of sexually charged films that make every other generation cringe:
And then there was this film, largely considered Kevin Smith's flaming turd follow-up to a classic (Clerks) that actually went over quite well with Xennials. I never skip Mallrats, if I'm watching the K. Smith Viewaskewniverse series through, the only one I skip is Dogma - not because I think it's bad (I actually love the film) but it is by far the least re-watchable film of the bunch because of the massive amount of exposition. So Dogma for me is like a once every 3 years max film.
I describe myself as a little dose of toxic masculinity.