Thursday, September 21, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Comedies That Aren't Funny
For the third week of September 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into the world of comedies as it’s a genre that is aimed at one thing. Making audiences laugh. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to follow that rule as some either try too hard while some just cater to the lowest common denominator. Here are my three picks:
1. Freddy Got Fingered
For a while in the late 90s/early 2000s, there was a period where Tom Green was funny as it included The Bum Song and his small role in Road Trip. Then came this film that he starred, wrote, and directed that well… made people wonder was this guy funny to begin with? It’s about this wannabe animator who is trying to impress his dad by doing stupid things and then accuses him of molesting his younger brother. From then on, it goes from one awful gag to moments that are just extremely awful in terms of taste. For anyone who thought Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom was fucked up for the extremes it took. Wrong, Tom Green outdoes Pasolini but in the name of stupidity.
2. The Heartbreak Kid
The Farrelly Brothers used to be the funniest guys making movies but ever since 2001’s Shallow Hal, they went on to make movies ranging from mediocre to just downright awful as their remake of Elaine May’s film is one of the worst films ever made. It’s just lazy in terms of trying to make people laugh with the same gags whether it’s Malin Akerman being annoying, Danny McBride going nuts, Carlos Mencia doing the same joke, and Ben Stiller being the victim of these jokes. It’s a film that is just downright stupid and showcases the Farrelly Brothers at their worst as they did manage to get someone named Shawn Michaels to be in the film. Unfortunately, it’s not the man who is known as the Showstopper, the Icon, the Headliner, the Main Event, and Mr. WrestleMania himself.
3. Meet the Spartans
For anyone that wondered why there hasn’t been a lot of spoof films lately, that is easy because we can thank two assholes for that in Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Their spoof/parody movies don’t just cater to the lowest common denominator in trying to get a cheap laugh but it’s done with really no effort despite the money that is given to them. In this film that is a spoof of 300, it’s just one lame gag after another and then repeat. Oh, let’s have Carmen Electra pose provocatively for this scene. Let’s include some people playing famous people in this scene or let’s have a dance number in this scene. Porno filmmakers are more talented than these morons as they have to make their films with a limited budget and a script that lacks subtext but at least you respect them for trying to entertain and titillate their audience. Friedberg and Seltzer do none of those things as they don’t deserve to be called filmmakers or bad filmmakers as bad filmmakers at least do whatever they can to create something awful with some effort. Friedberg and Seltzer are much worse as they’re just scumbags.
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