Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks-Just Not Funny Comedies

We've all been there...we rent a comedy or worse, we went to the theatre to see it and sat there, not even having a smile on our face. We leave with the feeling that 2 hours of our life has been sucked out of our life by the necromancers. There are comedians(comedians??) who have made it their life's work creating unfunny movies and we can name them, but we won't......Adam Sandler. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to find out the other comedy dreck that one needs to avoid. Here are my 3.....

1. THE NUTTY PROFESSOR-1963


Yup I went with this Jerry Lewis film, Lewis recently passed away, and many consider this film his masterwork in comedy...except me. It was even remade by Eddie Murphy, which I also can't stand. When I watched this film, in its entirety, I didn't laugh once. I found his nerd annoying and his Buddy Love character...annoying. I actually think the Buddy Love character was close to Lewis's own but that's just me. This is about a nerd who is laughed at, ridiculed and who can never find love. He creates a potion that turns him into a suave, good looking man about town. He is popular, has a way with the women but becomes more and more obnoxious. Unfortunately, he can't control when he turns back to the nerd and vice-versa. Annoying is the word.

2. ACE VENTURA, PET DETECTIVE-1994


I hated this film and couldn't watch it. I actually turned it off after 10 minutes because it sucked! When Jim Carrey starts playing this type of character, I want to punch his lights out. I rarely turn off a film but this was one of them. He plays a detective for pets and is hired to find a football team's mascot. The police make fun of him but he takes his work seriously. It was a hit in theatres...sigh

3. JACK AND JILL-2011


Adam Sandler....need I say more? I tried watching this but it was just too obnoxious. Adam plays Jack, a married man who has a twin sister who is horrible...also played by Adam Sandler....Jill. Thanksgiving becomes  a horrible mess and Jill takes off and goes from one misadventure to another....who cares. This actually has Al Pacino as  Al Pacino who has the hots for Jill! This was another film I couldn't sit through because it's a nightmare.

Which bad comedies come to mind for you.

55 comments:

  1. I'll admit, I found Ace Ventura funny.
    Comedy is so subjective. There have been many Airplane imitations, such as the Scary Movie series, but they aren't funny at all.
    The big winner for me - any Wes Anderson film, such as the Royal Tenenbaums. I don't find any part of his films funny, and yet people think they are hilarious.

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    1. You are so right that they are subjective and I love Wes Anderson films:)

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  2. Birgit,

    Now, I don't know how I'd feel about "The Nutty Professor" (original) today but I liked it. Of course, I loved Jerry Lewis in those goof-ball comedies! Yeah, he's annoyingly nerdy but that's part of the fun! I even liked Eddie Murphy as the Nutty Professor. Jim Carry as Ace Ventura was initial too much to take at first and the film really isn't stellar quality but I like his weirdness in movie. He does roles like this quite well but not-so-much anymore now that he's aging. It just doesn't work for me. "Jack & Jill" I haven't seen and judging on this clip it doesn't look like anything I want to see, either. I need to try to get back to playing this little meme. One thing that holds me up is trying to come pick the minimum films for the post. Usually my brain goes blank after one if then. How picky is the group if I just share one film? :) Thanks for sharing your TMP!

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    1. I don't think they are that picky so I look forward to you coming back. I actually don't mind some of Jerry Lewis's other films but this one I just couldn't get into or the remake. I'd rather watch Dr. Jekyll sister Hyde

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  3. I'm with you on Ace Venture. I found the sequel hilarious when I was a kid, but never the first one. I'm sure I'd equally hate both now. I skipped Jack and Jill because I haven't voluntarily seen an Adam Sandler movie in years. I never saw the original Nutty Professor, only the Eddie Murphy one.

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    1. Ventura can go away..far, far away. There are only a couple of Sdam Sandler films I like. I disliked the Eddie Murphy remake too.

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  4. Didn't like any of these, what little I ever bothered watching. Everyone has a different notion of what makes them laugh. I love Seinfeld but know folks who hated it.

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    1. Comedy is very personal. I am one who loves Seinfeld

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  5. Whaaaat?! I laughed out loud with Ace Ventura. I'm with you on Jack and Jill though. I don't even know why I watched it but it was terrible.

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    1. Can't stand Ace Ventura. I'm surprised you actually watched the whole Jack and Jill film

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  6. Oh no! You and I are the opposites when it comes to comedies. I loved Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler back in the day. Although, Jack and Jill was pretty terrible. One of the worst comedies I've seen, Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix, Part Two. It sucked. One of the best: Bridesmaids and Shaun of the Dead!

    Enjoy the rest of your week! Here's my new addy:
    Elsie

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    1. There are some Eddie Murphy movies I really like and I like Sdam Sandler in Tne Wedding Singer but this film sucked. Bridesmaids is hilarious and I still need to see Sean of the Dead

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  7. While I was never an enormous Jerry Lewis fan, I always preferred Dean Martin, I didn't mind The Nutty Professor but that was mostly due to the charming Stella Stevens.

    I've only been able to do a few minutes of Ace Ventura which does seem pretty noxious.

    I use to love Adam Sandler after The Wedding Singer but over time that's dissipated to the point where I just can't be bothered. Jack & Jill looked horrendous so it was easy to skip.

    This week was a snap since unfunny comedies are thick on the ground.

    All About Steve (2009)-Sandra Bullock, usually so charming and quirky makes a complete fool of herself in this alleged comedy about nothing so much as creepy stalkerism. A total misfire this is surely her worst film.

    My Boss’s Daughter (2003)-Young dude (Ashton Kutcher) agrees to housesit for his boss in the hopes of scoring points with both the boss and his daughter. But almost as soon as he takes residence a litany of guests and lowlifes including his boss’s son tramp through the place doing things that any rational person would never do in someone else’s home. SO very stupid and extremely vile. Unfunny in the extreme.

    Town & Country (2001)-Warren Beatty directed mishmash that sat on the shelf for years and deservedly sank like a stone on release. Just a terrible mess of a movie that has only the most tenacious plot line running through it. Stories are picked up and dropped willy nilly adding up to pretty much nothing. This notorious flop reportedly cost many, many millions of dollars but they certainly don't show on screen. Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn try to do something with their parts although they are ill-served by the script. Everybody else goes down with the ship, poor Charlton Heston and Marian Seldes are made ridiculous in yet another totally needless subplot. A perfect example of a director and studio lucky enough to gather a great group of talent and then squander them totally.

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    1. I don't mind Lewis in some other movies but this one..meh. I am with you, I prefer Dean Martin. I like The Wedding Singer and am like you, expected more of the same but then he just went kerplunk. I saw the crap Bullock made and agree that this is her worst flick. Anything with Ashton Kutcher, except for That '70s Show, is crap. I wanted to see the Beatty film but now I think I'll pass.

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  8. Sooo many have drained hours away from my life. I stopped watching Adam Sandler crap after that Zohan one. Ace Venture I found funny as a kid, watched it a while back, and rather meh. Sooo much crap.

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    1. There is a lot of crap....crap and more crap.

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  9. Pretty much any Jim Carrey comedy qualifies for me.

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  10. I was never a fan of Jim Carrey's and I've been aware of him since his In Living Color days. I did like Bruce Almighty, though.

    I enjoyed Jerry Lewis movies as a child and remember liking The Nutty Professor, but I don't know how I'd react if I were to see it now. I have no interest at all in seeing the Eddie Murphy version.

    Speaking of Eddie Murphy, I was greatly disappointed in Vampire in Brooklyn. The film flip-flopped between comedy and outright horror. What a mess.


    I saw the trailer for Taxi with Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon, and thought it looked pretty good. However, I didn't find it very funny at all.

    I just saw The Gorilla, a 1939 film with The Ritz Brothers and Bela Lugosi, among others. I'd never seen a Ritz Bros. movie before, and I have to wonder why they were ever popular.

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    1. Yes, Jim Carrey from In Living Color, I found him disturbing even back then. I forgot about Taxi but it didn't look funny. The Ritz Brothers are old Vaudeville team and they should have been left there

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  11. I've never seen Jack and Jill, but I'm sure it's not funny. I've seen the other two movies, and I'm with you on not laughing. I saw the Eddie Murphy version of The Nutty Professor. It wasn't funny, either. Most movies that are supposed to be funny don't make me laugh. I guess I like a different kind of comedy--maybe a bit more subtle.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I like most comedies but not these ones. You remind me of my mom who was very picky with comedies. She enjoyed Sister Act and loved the tv show MASH

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  12. I'm sure I saw The Nutty Professor when I was a kid, even though I was never a fan of Jerry Lewis. I must not have any French blood in me.

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  13. I have a soft spot for The Nutty Professor while I'm part of a generation that grew up on early Jim Carrey as I love Ace Ventura.

    Jack & Jill.... the minute I saw that trailer, I knew it was going to be bad. I had to beg my parents to not see it as they wanted to see it because of a Mexican comedian they liked. What they later saw on TV was horror. That film was the beginning of that period of films that Sandler did that was just becoming unwatchable unless that Noah Baumbach film he's doing is good.

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    1. I'm not one for the comedic Jim Carrey. Adam Sandler is ok in some films like The Wedding Singer but this film or Little Nicki is horrible

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  14. I'm not a comedy person. I prefer subtle, British humor. I laugh and laugh at a gesture someone makes, or a certain look one gives another, but I just can't stand comedies that we in the US think are funny. And I only know Adam Sandler by name and nothing more. Guess that says it for me, right?

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    1. Yes to British Humour. We just found Viscious with Ian McLellan and Derek Jacobi and we loved it and now need to see more.

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  15. Hi, Birgit!

    I hope I didn't offend you by calling Canada a "foreign land" in my previous post. :)

    I am surprised that you consider the first two comedy films unfunny. Jerry Lewis's original of The Nutty Professor is one of my all time favorites, perhaps not laugh out loud funny, but endearing and heartwarming because, in the end, the nerd gets the girl - Stella. I believe you are correct in assuming that the Buddy Love character was based on Jerry's real personality.

    Jim Carrey's shtick makes me laugh and I enjoy most of his movies. It must be a guy thing.

    I didn't think Adam Sandler was all that funny on SNL, but I do enjoy some of his comedy movies, mostly because they feature beautiful female costars like Katie Holmes and Julie Bowen. I recently read that young millennials do not consider Sandler as funny as older movie goers do/did. If I were Sandler I would pivot into dramatic roles and do more films like Punch Drunk Love, a film that I highly recommend.

    Thank you, dear friend BB!

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    1. Sorry for not writing sooner but, heavens no, I'm not offended by that. There are bigger things than to be offended by being called foreign:) Punch Drunk Love is one film that I do want to see

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  16. Offhand I can't think of any films like you describe, but then I tend to forget the so-called comedies that don't amuse me at all. Come to think of it I forget about 90% of the films I watch.

    Some of the unfunniest things that I've been seeing over the past year are the supposed comedy shows on TV. Instead it's mostly mean political bashing and negativity in the guise of humor. Some of the funniest stuff I've been seeing wasn't even intended to be funny.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I can laugh at most films and I have to admit, I am loving the talk shows and Alex Baldwin because we are polar opposites when it comes to Trump:)

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  17. BIRGIT ~
    The first movie that popped into my mind was SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. I know, I know. Almost everyone thinks it's hilarious - a modern comedy classic. I was not laughing. In fact, I thought it was rather disgusting in a couple places.

    Not sure if this is supposed to be strictly movies, but if TV shows count, too, then I want to loudly shout "S.N.L.!" Not funny and NEVER WAS! That's one of those shows all the young people thought they were supposed to love because it was snarky and cutting edge. But frankly, I watched a few episodes and saw a few of the supposedly classic skits over the years and never once laughed out loud. I guess someone had forgotten to serve me the Kool-Aid beforehand.

    Another movie I just don't "get" and can't understand why everyone seems to think it's uproariously funny is the famous screwball comedy BRINGING UP BABY with Cary Grant. I saw it just once and walked away thinking: WTH?! I do love most of the great old screwball comedies from that era, but just not THAT one. (I might need to give it one more chance someday though, just to see if it may have simply been the mood I was in at the time I watched it those decades ago.)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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    1. I found Mary quite funny and I also love Bringing up Baby. I haven't watched SNL is years but...much to your chagrin, I love Alec Baldwins portrayal of that person you like and I detest...the man who shall not be named:) I also love...wait for it...John Oliver who I watch on YouTube. I can hear your roof fly off like Fred Flintstone:)

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    2. I don't even know who John Oliver is. (I don't pay attention to un-American Liberals -- which I'm assuming he is, based on what you wrote about my anticipated reaction.)

      And Alec Baldwin is a talentless bum. And I was saying that long before his unfunny (and pretty poor) Donald Trump impersonations.

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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  18. I have not seen any of those--on purpose. I don't find Jerry Lewis' mugging funny. (I much preferred him in Who's Minding the Store, but even then I don't find several of the sequences funny.) And the other two didn't appeal.

    I don't laugh too much at comedies generally, anyway. So, I think I'd end up with a long list for this one.

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    1. That Lewis film is good actually and I am the opposite of you because I enjoy most comedies.

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  19. I don't remember that version The Nutty Professor well enough to say hiw I feel about it. Haven't watched it in at least 35 years. I'll cop to being a fan of Eddie Murphy's version. I also like Ace Ventura. I avoided Jack and Jill. I saw the trailer and just couldn't subject myself to that.

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    1. Never subject yourself to that...or Little Nicki.

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  20. Some people find these films funny but to confess, I haven't seen nay of these.

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  21. Oh, the 1990s were a weird time for comedy, weren't they? People thought Jim Carrey's exaggerated, rubber-faced hooting was hilarious, and they couldn't get enough of Adam Sandler and his goofy gibberish. And now, 20 years later, Adam Sandler still continues to pump out bad movie after bad movie every single year, despite each being worse than the last.

    We dug our own grave. Now we have to lie in it.

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    1. Ahh yes, I think every decade had a comedian people thought were funny...and were not. Think The Ritz Brothers

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  22. I love the blog post, and you helped me make such a fun card with it!
    โคนัน

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  23. I won't say Adam Sandler sucks.
    But, I won't say Adam Sandler doesn't suck, either.
    Oh, screw it. Adam Sandler, like K-Mart, sucks.

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    1. Hahahaaaa or, in our land, the Target Stores

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  24. Good choices, Birgit. Glad to know that someone else thought The Nutty Professor was annoying. Ace Ventura was tolerable. Jack and Jill may be the worse of Sandler's movies. I came across it on TV recently and wondered if all guy comics have to do at least one movie as a pretend woman.

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    1. Yes, it is bad and being a pretend woman is as old as the hills. Heck Charlie Chaplin played a woman in 1914 but it was much funnier than this flick.

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  25. Eddie Murphy's "The Nutty Professor" was funny to me, largely because the humor was on the level of a twelve-year-old. Ditto "Dumb and Dumber," in which Jim Carrey was upstaged comedy-wise by Jeff Daniels. I won't willingly go to an Adam Sandler movie, period, although he was all right in "Mixed Nuts." And there was one funny scene in "Ace Ventura," where he acts as though his rear end is talking. (again, the 12yo)

    "Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby" wasn't especially funny, although there were some hilarious scenes in it (specifically, where he's running around in his underwear and helmet because he thinks he's on fire). "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" would probably be funnier if I hadn't made the mistake of watching it with my family, who had seen it several times before and spent the whole time saying, "Oh, watch this, this is hilarious!" After a while, you don't think anything is funny. And Mary and I watched about half an hour of "Funny Farm" and neither of us could see anything we understood, much less thought was funny.

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    1. Oh gosh...I love Planes and Trains but never watch it with people who have seen it and say things like what your family said. Go to it with fresh eyes and all on your lonesome.

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    2. In my opinion, 'PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES' is, laughs-per-minute, probably the funniest movie ever made. (Although that entire "Ralphie At The Department Store To See Santa" segment in 'A CHRISTMAS STORY' probably makes me laugh more uproariously than anything else ever filmed.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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  26. The Nutty Professor's premise didn't appeal to me, so didn't bother with original and remake.
    Totally agree with Ace Venture...can't stand it.
    Jack and Jill - heard it was awful so once again didn't bother.

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