Anybody who has ever attended a movie or rented a movie has experienced the disappointment of a film you thought was going to be good but failed to meet your expectations. Movie goers often face this experience when they go to a movie starring their favorite actor or actress because we are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. But let’s face facts even the very best actors have a few stinkers and I’m going to give you some examples. I am going to focus on comedy actors in particular. Here are a few examples of comedies that were awful even though they were starring somebody I like.
Steve Carell in 40 Year Old Virgin
I have enjoyed the American version of the Office although I find Dwight to be extremely annoying. I love Steve Carell’s character though, just comedy gold. So I was excited when I went to see the 40 Year Old Virgin because I thought it was a comedy that I would actually enjoy. I did not. Most of the jokes were just dumb crude sex jokes. If that’s comedy then every high school in America is the Apollo.
Vince Vaughn in Be Cool
I’m not really into all the Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson movies but not even I can deny that Vince Vaughn is hilarious. Vaughn single handedly made Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers enjoyable. Not even Vince Vaughn and the Rock could save Be Cool though. I’m glad he did Be Cool though because it gives me something to put on this list other than Old School because I know if I put that I’ll get a bunch of emails from people saying “how in the world could you not like Old School??” Because it’s dumb, that’s why.
Will Arnett in Blades of Glory
And now for Gob Bluth’s next trick he will make this sucky movie good! No wait, his magic failed just like his character Gob. It’s quite depressing seeing one of the funniest characters on television go into moves and pick the absolute worst possible movies.
Seth Green in Can’t Hardly Wait
Seth Green hasn’t had a whole lot of comedy parts but he did have a part in the Austin Powers movies and he is the brainchild behind the hilarious Robot Chicken. In Can’t Hardly Wait Seth Green plays the part of a white guy who thinks he is black. Unfortunately Seth Green is a really good actor so he was a very convincing white guy who thinks he is black and white guys who think they are black suck.
Steve Martin in Cheaper by the Dozen
What is the deal with Steve Martin’s career? He is a comic genius and you would think he would get good roles but now he is reduced to things like Cheaper by the Dozen and the Pink Panther. I’m sure the Pink Panther is even worse than Cheaper by the Dozen and deserves to be on this list but I just can’t bear to watch Pink Panther.
Donald Faison in Clueless
Donald Faison is of course one of the excellent members of the supporting cast of Scrubs. Unfortunately long before he was Turk he was in Clueless a movie that actually made it popular to be a dumb blonde. Ick.
Jack Black in Envy
I know Jack Black isn’t the best actor in the world but that guy just cracks me up. But man, Envy at the time was the worst movie I had ever seen in my life. Since then it has been passed by another Ben Stiller movie, Along Came Polly.