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Unfunny Comedies?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by driverdrummer, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. Vinny123

    Vinny123 Forum Resident

    My wife cracks up at the Madea movies. I find them terrible.
  2. Hollow Horse

    Hollow Horse To pretend to be happy could only be idiocy

    Fair enough, it's only my opinion. And it's considered a classic!
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  3. royzak2000

    royzak2000 Senior Member

    Not saying I like it, it's not a thing I would watch, just that I understand why it has become the thing it has.
  4. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    An ad for the Hulu show “Pen15” - yes, that’s the name - came up in my Instagram feed. I was intrigued just by how silly it seemed (in a bad way) and checked out the full trailer and some clips.

    Granted, I haven’t seen a full episode, but the basis of it and what I’ve seen so far strike me as terribly unfunny and, more to the point, it’s essentially something that’s been done better elsewhere (“Strangers With Candy” especially).

    Two 30-something girls create a comedy about the experiences of their 13-year-old selves in the year 2000, and they play themselves as 13-year-olds in the 7th grade, with actual teenagers as the rest of the cast.

    Just the trailer and clips checked off the boxes of stuff I can’t stand - worst offender being the lazy nostalgia jokes/gags for the sake of it (“where’s my Discman?” “Get off the phone, I’m on AOL!”).

    Also, something about seeing a millennial take on the whole “nostalgia culture” thing makes me cringe. I graduated HS 20 years ago this spring, and while it also seems like it was just last week that I was 18, I’m also glad to leave it behind - especially in terms of mining for rehashed comedy/pop culture content, if that makes sense.
  5. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    Not a film, but I found the Friends tv series to be almost entirely without humor. Not that I ever watched more than a few minutes of it at a time.
  6. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    The funniest part of this is the fact that you fall into the age group of “millenials”.

    millennial age bracket - Google Search
  7. Jerrika

    Jerrika Mysterious Ways

    Some "comedies" that I don't find funny are Mom, 2 Broke Girls, A Man With A Plan, and The Conners. That last one is turning into a drama. Despite Roseanne's flaws, she was the glue that held her show together, in my opinion. A lot more people can relate to those blue collar families than the PhD snobs in the Big Bang Theory.
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  8. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    Not sure why that would be funny, unless you’re trying to pull some kind of snarky “gotcha” on me.

    But per your Google thing, I’m still not a millennial. Born in 1980. And actually, the designations I’ve seen place me squarely in the middle (1977-83) of “Xennial.” Meaning, on very tail end of things that Gen X had (I was 11 when Nirvana broke and remember it well), and then entering adolescence right when the Internet became a thing. It’s the last batch of kids that can recall what life was like before the Internet, but were the first to have it be part of our everyday lives.
  9. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    Man you’re losing sleep over this. I was making a quick quip.
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  10. bmasters9

    bmasters9 Forum Resident

    Fountain Inn, SC
    You and me both! Tyler Perry, IMO, has never been funny (not even as Madea)!
  11. Andy Smith

    Andy Smith You fill up my senses, Like a gallon of Magnet..

    I dig all of these except the god-awful Will Ferrell. I've had diarrhoea attacks that are funnier than his work. How's he managed to have a career??
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  12. bababooey

    bababooey Forum Resident

    Houston, TX USA
    I have to go with Two Broke Girls. I can feel my IQ drop if I watch it for a few seconds. Horrible, horrible crap. And I used to really like Garrett Morris.
  13. Lots of people think he is funny and paid to see his work.
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  14. Nobody really wants to relate to the Big Bang Theory nerds -they just want to feel superior to them.
  15. milankey

    milankey Forum Resident

    Kent, Ohio, USA
    Speaking of snobs that's what I disliked about Frasier. I could not stand that guy.
  16. Hexwood

    Hexwood Forum Resident

    I have a soft spot for Big Top Pee Wee. I watched it a lot as a kid.

    I could never get into Dad's Army.

    I have a feeling Kat Dennings's boobs kept getting Two Broke Girls renewed every year. The majority of the people who watched it were probably randy men looking to kill 30 minutes.
  17. Timeless Classics

    Timeless Classics Senior Member

    Nostalgic powers are very strong! :edthumbs: I have a few movies that I have a soft spot for as well and fall in that category.
  18. greenscreened

    greenscreened Forum Resident

    One of many was 'Neighbors' (Belushi - Aykroyd).

    Saw it a couple of days after its release and was hoping for the best.

    The curtains closed after the coming attractions, then opened to reveal several positive reviews from reliable(?) sources transcribed on the screen of how great the movie was supposed to be. The curtains then closed, and opened again, to start the movie.

    Right then and there I knew it had to be a bomb.

    Nice nostalgic theatrics with the curtain thingy tho....
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019
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  19. Electric

    Electric The Medium is the Massage

    I love Ishtar. Just dead-pan funny and subtly intelligent.
  20. sons of nothing

    sons of nothing Forum Resident

    Caddyshack 2. Not funny.

    Smokey and the Bandit 3. Bad. Some funny lines here and there, but that's about it.
  21. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    New York, NY, USA
    I'd've said he's been effectively Stalinized and "unpersoned" in his own country, meself. I will not say any specifics, but there are added layers as to why there'll never be anymore exposure to Mr. Hill on terrestrial or cable in Britain.
  22. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident


    an odd show, the cast delivered the lines deadpan as in, 'we know this isn't funny' and they were right lol
  23. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident


    I think you need to watch some full eps. its funny.....
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  24. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity

    I absolutely loved this, I watched the entire series twice. Judging this without watching the entire series is unfair. It's more than just a laugh out loud comedy...they touch on some serious topics.
  25. Morpheus

    Morpheus Forum Resident

    Tyler, Texas
    The Guru--although I saw it the other day on TV and didn't think it was that much different than his Austin Powers comedies.

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