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Unfunny Comedies?

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

  1. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    I think the added bits to Blues Brothers were uneven. I liked the little moments, like showing that the Bluesmobile was parked in a strange alley filled with electrical discharges (which Aykroyd later explained is one possible cause for the car's "magic" powers), but other things, like the 6-7 minute Cab Calloway performance, were way, way too long.
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  2. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

    Weekend At Bernie's , rubbish ! walked out
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  3. kouzie

    kouzie Forum Resident

    Batavia, IL
    Where's Poppa is one of my favorite comedies of all-time!
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  4. Grant

    Grant Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me!

    You mean you haven't seen the ones I mentioned?
  5. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits, Abbie & Mitzi: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Didn't forget it - just don't like it that much! It's okay, but it's not a Sandler fave...
  6. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    No. Life's too short.
  7. Grant

    Grant Life is a rock, but the radio rolled me!

    I recommend you see at least those two. They are better than the other Sandler movies. They are actually good.
  8. Laineycrusoe

    Laineycrusoe Forum Resident

    Tyne and Wear, UK
    Probably the worst comedy I've ever seen in my entire life is The Cat in the Hat, based off of the Dr. Seuss book. I'm not sure how many adaptations there are of the story, but there are two particular adaptations that people remember: one is an animated TV special from 1971 which is generally praised by audiences, and the other is the awful live action movie, which I'm going to talk about here.

    I was about nine or ten when this movie was released. I remember seeing adverts for it, and even at that stage I thought it looked incredibly repulsive (and it was marketed as a kid's movie, so the fact that I, part of the target audience, didn't like the look of it was an early warning sign of what horrors were to come). I didn't want to see it, but my parents dragged me to see it anyway at the cinema, probably under the impression that because it was a kid's movie, I'd get some enjoyment out of it. We sat down, the film came on, and…it was even worse than I imagined. Not once did anyone in that room laugh or even giggle, and it was fairly obvious that everyone, the kids and their parents, felt uncomfortable sitting there watching this abomination unfold on the big screen. Not only was it unfunny, but it also blatantly insulted the audience's intelligence as well as the original source material - I hate movies that have no respect for the intelligence of the audience, but especially kid's movies that do it (The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and Foodfight! are other notable examples where the filmmakers clearly thought kids could be entertained by anything - I've said this before, but kids aren't idiots; they can tell when something that's made for them was done by people who respect their intelligence and when something is clearly pandering to the lowest common denominator). The movie was so horrible that my parents came to their senses and we walked out before it ended, thank goodness, but I also feel sorry for the other kids and parents in that room who had to sit through to the end of that wretched movie. I assume they were hoping in vain and desperation that something good would eventually happen at some point, but no; I've heard from people who've had the misfortune of seeing the whole film, and it turns out nothing redeemable happens, but I'm not at all surprised to learn that - it's what I expected. Even thinking about it makes my skin crawl.

    If you want an idea of how unspeakably hideous this movie was, just check out the Nostalgia Critic's review - he sums it up perfectly so I'm not going to repeat everything he said about it.
  9. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    OK, I'll give them a shot if I see them in my local listings.

  10. MadMelMon

    MadMelMon Forum Resident

    Thing about this thread is that truly bad comedies are completely forgotten, even more so than just plain bad movies.

    For example, have you heard about this one?


    If you ever wanted to see Roger Moore participate in a hit-in-the-face-by-random-semen joke, this is your film.

    I get a huge amount of sh** for this, but I'm 100% serious: Fargo and The Big Lebowski.

    I love the Coen brothers' dramas (No Country for Old Men, Miller's Crossing,) but their comedies either get so deadpan they fall down completely, or end up so convinced of their comedic brilliance they they become insufferable.Yes, that rug really tied the room together, we get it.

    Kevin Smith...I like him, I like his monologues, I liked the Clerks TV show. But pretty much all his films (excepting Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob) seem oblivious to comedic timing.

    Which Pink Panther movie was cobbled together from unused footage after Sellers' death? The one with Ted Wass. That one...ouch.

    LEONPROFF Forum Resident

    You had me at Tom Green anything!
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  12. aforchione

    aforchione Forum Resident

    Englewood, Florida
    With most of the movies mentioned, it's a pretty good bet that all involved were stoned when they came up with the idea and wrote the script, and they assume most of the viewers will be similarly buzzed when watching...changes everything.
  13. socorro

    socorro Forum Resident

    This thread reminded me of a bunch of films I had mercifully forgotten.

    Thanks Obama.
  14. Deesky

    Deesky Forum Resident

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  15. svoegtlin

    svoegtlin Forum Resident

    Milton, NH, USA
    I'm a dedicated follower of Woody Allen. I've seen them all, the good ones (Annie Hall) the bad ones (Small Time Crooks) and the in betweens (Manhattan Murder Mystery).. That being said, I think Sleeper is absolutely unfunny. I know, I know, some would say it's one of his "golden comedies" but I just.. just can't watch it. No matter how many times I try, no matter what substances I use to try to enhance it.. it's just plain awful.
  16. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    When I saw Sleeper I was literally rolling around the floor laughing.
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  17. socorro

    socorro Forum Resident

  18. TED.
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  19. Synthfreek

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

    :confused: Have you really never seen this before? It's been a thing for years now. Always said with something totally unrelated to him. "Damn...it's raining AGAIN. THANKS, OBAMA!"
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  20. synchronizer

    synchronizer Forum Resident

    NY, U.S.A.
    I originally thought that Elf was funny, but I don't think so anymore. Will Ferrell is not very good and/or the movies he takes aren't good.

    Also, Jimmy Fallon dilutes the comedic effect of anything; he can't seem to stay in character for long enough.
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  21. MadMelMon

    MadMelMon Forum Resident

    Thought of another one: Hardbodies. 80's teenage sex comedies are rarely masterpieces, but this one feels like a bunch of dirty old men came up with the crudest jokes they could imagine. There's a character called Jerkovsky.

    Oh, and...

  22. socorro

    socorro Forum Resident

  23. BadJack

    BadJack doorman who always high-fives children of divorce

    Boston, MA
    I'll never see this movie but this review made me laugh.
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  24. Deesky

    Deesky Forum Resident

    Ah okay, I get it now. Completely missed the context.
  25. goodiesguy

    goodiesguy Confide In Me

    New Zealand
    Anything with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It confuses me how American's find these two funny.
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