Recently, I was doing some reading about the Netflix Prize, the $1 million Netflix has offered to the person or team who can improve the movie rental service's recommendation feature by 10 percent. So far, no team has made it, and a big part of the reason is what's being called "the Napoleon Dynamite problem" — the notion that there's just no good way to predict whether people will love or hate the 2004 comedy. To be fair to Napoleon, it's not the only one: I Heart Huckabees, Lost in Translation, and Kill Bill are also among the culprits.
That got me thinking about movies that even people who have similar tastes can't agree on. What are the movies that have caused divides in your movie-going circles? What films are you nervous to recommend? Do you think there's any good way to tell if someone will love or loathe Napoleon Dynamite?