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What's your best example of word of mouth propelling a movie to success?

What’s your best example of word of mouth propelling a movie to success? Check out this week’s Ask the Critic question, then post your own

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What’s your best example of word of mouth propelling a movie to success?

All the media hype for Grindhouse got me thinking about Frequency, a DVD favorite I have loaned many times to friends who have never seen it. Each friend who now loves it says he had never heard of it before. What’s your best example of word of mouth propelling a movie to success? My Big Fat Greek Wedding, perhaps? — Doug Briggs

Yep, that’s a good one all right. And how about There’s Something About Mary? The Blair Witch Project? Napoleon Dynamite? Or the WOM phenomenon of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show? And then there are the college-town cult faves like King of Hearts, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Eraserhead, The Harder They Come …. Me, I didn’t tune in to the goopy sentimentality of Frequency (starring Jim Caviezel as Dennis Quaid’s son) with quite your passion seven years ago. But then, I’m still trying to get friends to reconsider the goopy, sentimental merits of Yentl. So I’m all for your love of a male weepie

(Got a question for Owen or Lisa? Post it here.)