Six Movies That Are Supposed To Be Funny… But Aren't

Scary Movie 3
From (at least part of the) team that brought you Airplane comes a new stinker that still riffs off other movies but instead draws on recycled crap like poking fun of Michael Jackson. This movie couldn’t have been dumber if they tried. There is nothing witty, nothing funny, and nothing original about Scary Movie 3, in which they parody – if it can be called that – Signs, The Ring, 8 Mile, to name a few. Skip this one – see parts 1, 2, and 4.

Talladega Nights
#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby’s talent and devotion are put to the test.” That’s about as much of my brain as I care to devote to Talladega Nights, which is about as dumb as a movie can get. Despite hoardes of devout twenty-somethings spouting off the lines to this film like a classic Family Guy episode, there is no actual comedy here, just ridiculousness trying to pass as comedy. The whole “Dear sweet baby Jesus” thing was never funny and still isn’t. I find Will Ferrell both funny and entertaining, but in this film, he’s neither.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
I’ll probably take some heat for this one, but Ace Ventura was just not very funny to me. The only comedy in the film was watching Jim Carrey’s crazy plastic face contort. I actually find Jim Carrey to be a very entertaining person and I was really blown away by Eternal Sunset of the Spotless Mind, but his earlier comedy like this and its eponymous sequel pandered to the lowest chuckles in its teenage target crowd.

I have to admit I’ve never made it entirely through this film in one sitting. But be fair: it’s only because it sucks so bad. Let me get this straight: we’re supposed to laugh at Adam Sandler acting like a retard for an hour forty straight? Sucked. Let’s not forget about Rob Schneider. This guy is actually funny – or at least, used to be – and is so unfunny he could make a clown cry.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat, although the hardcore call it a two hour laughfest, is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. I am a huge Ali G fan – I’ve seen pretty much every episode of the HBO show and laughed hysterically through most of them. I have literally fallen out of my chair laughing at Sacha Baron Cohen’s characters. Then why did they release this piece of shit? Borat was, since its inception, about parody – putting people in uncomfortable positions and/or exposing their true, crazy beliefs. Then why have a movie where only about 10% is donated to that success formula and the rest to a stupid subplot, replete with bad acting, a drifting story, and a fat, hairy Russian’s asshole in your face? While some will call this a classic, I will call it what it actually is: shit. I pray – literally pray – that Cohen doesn’t eff up Bruno like he did Borat. Bruno is fantastic.

Epic Movie
This 2007 film played off the success of Scary Movie, Date Movie, and other satire flicks by working off the material Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Chronicles of Narnia, Nacho Libre, X-Men, Superman and a slew of other action flicks provided. Unfortuntely, this movie was so boring I had to resort to slicing my eyes open with the edge of my Twizzler bag to stay awake. This movie doesn’t suck, it’s just so unfunny and boring you may find yourself on the edge of a psychotic break. Fo reals. Epic Movie contains fewer that 5 laughs, and those are:
1. Laughing at yourself for buying a ticket
2. Laughing at the actors for demeaning themselves so
3. Laughing at the writers for thinking this was going to be funny
4. Laughing at the fact that you are still watching the movie

Do yourself a favor, and instead of watching this movie on Friday, kill yourself. It’s easier.

7 Replies to “Six Movies That Are Supposed To Be Funny… But Aren't”

  1. One film that looked funny from the tv ads… Date Movie.
    There are some movies you listed above like Ace Ventura that I didn’t find hugely funny, but none of them like Date Movie that I really wish I didn’t waste my money in seeing.

    I think the safest thing to do is avoid any film that has anything to do with the guys who did any Scary Movie.

  2. Both myself and JBQ loved Borat. I don’t think it was a masterpiece, but I found it really funny and not a racist/stupid movie as some people wrote online.

  3. >a fat, hairy Russian’s asshole in your face

    Funny you write this, because the movie was EXACTLY about this kind of thing. The guy was fat, hairy and an asshole and no one denies that (in fact, the fat guy wrote the part himself as ‘Borat’ is actually *his* movie). But he wasn’t Russian. This is exactly the kind of misconceptions that people have about other nations that the movie tries to show up. Kazakhstanians are not Russians.

    I think that sentence showed exactly what that Borat was very relevant.

  4. >a fat, hairy Russian’s asshole in your face

    Funny you write this, because the movie was EXACTLY about this kind of thing.[…] *But he wasn’t Russian.* This is exactly the kind of misconceptions that people have about other nations that the movie tries to show up. Kazakhstanians are not Russians.

    I think that sentence showed exactly what that Borat was very relevant.

    You’re right, Kazakhstan was part of the USSR/Soviet Union until the region broke apart in 1990ish, but most Americans still use the term “Russian” to be fairly inclusive of all bits of the CIS — but the entire piece was tongue in cheek anyway.

    Borat, the character, has been poking fun at ignorance since he was conjured, but the movie was a story, not a series of short pieces, which would have made it much funnier to me.

    I didn’t find the part with the fat naked guy funny, and I think dick and fart jokes are hilarious.

  5. Just saw The Big Lebowski for the 1st time the other day. Had heard about it for years. I got through 50 minutes and I think I cracked a smile once when he stole the rug, but I never laughed. Worst…movie….ever!!!!!!!

  6. Ya.. Talladega Nights just didn’t do anything for me. Will Farrell is someone who is either SUPER funny or totally fails. It’s weird how that works with him. Sometimes I just look at him and can’t laugh. I like him though.

  7. I googled ‘Ace Ventura not funny.’ When it came out, I remember it was like ‘who’s it starring…oh the white guy from In Living Color.’ That’s who Jim Carrey was at the time, and I remember thinking Jesus Christ they’re going to try and make this guy famous…I remember not wanting to learn his name. I was like fifteen when it came out and I remember all my jackass friends acting as though it was the funniest thing in the world and actually remember making the decision to find him funny (it still makes me feel dirty) basically to fit in, because you can’t fight city hall etc. etc. etc,…but in my heart of heart I’ve always thought that its basically…shit. And that he just isn’t funny, he’s goofy and annoying. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest…long time coming.
    On a side note, not that I found Talledaga Nights to be a gut buster, but when it comes to Will Ferrell I’m some how more forgiving. I don’t know what it is, but with his movies, I just agree to turn off my brain and enjoy them on whatever the level happens to be…No the Ricky Bobby Story was not the funniest, but strangely (especially with what I said about Ace) with Ferell I just go with it, and kind appreciate the fact that he’s trying to entertain.

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