Unfunny Disasters: 12 Comedies So Bad People Can’t Even Fake a Laugh

Hollywood never fails to produce comedy duds that leave us disappointed. After someone asked an online film forum for examples of comedies that do not garner laughs, here are THEIR top picks. Do you agree?

1. Ghosted (2023)

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Ghosted is a romantic action-adventure comedy movie. Dexter Fletcher is the director of this film. A movie buff watched Ghosted recently, and the movie was hilariously unfunny. The lead cast was very offensive.

The only funny thing in the movie was how seriously Adrien Brody played his villain role. He shows energy when nobody in the crew or project is willing to show some serious interest.

2. Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

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As a follow-up to the well-liked Airplane! Film from the year before, Airplane II: The Sequel, was released in 1982. But this follow-up fell short of the hilarious brilliance of its predecessor. Despite the participation of several of the original ensemble members, the movie struggled to deliver the same degree of smart humor and slapstick comedy.

The comedy frequently felt forced and repetitive, and the main plot lacked the creativity and inventiveness that made the prior movie a masterpiece. This movie received mixed reviews since it didn’t live up to the comic success of the first movie.

3. Nothing but Trouble (1991)

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Another older comedy called Nothing But Trouble failed to make viewers laugh. Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd appeared in the 1991 film, which told a strange tale of a group of characters who wind up in a small town run by a crazy judge.

Unfortunately, the movie didn’t deliver the anticipated humor; many jokes fell flat, and the plot grew confusing. The bizarre scenarios and peculiar people failed to connect with viewers, making the comedy dull and unentertaining.

4. Caddyshack II (1988)

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Caddyshack II is a sequel to the 1980 comedy Caddyshack. The 1988 sequel, however, could not maintain the same level of comedic brilliance. Despite having celebrities like Chevy Chase and Jackie Mason on the cast, the film lacked its predecessor’s sharp humor and memorable scenes.

The jokes felt forced, and the plot lacked the charm and newness that made the original movie a hit. Due to its weak writing and failure to make spectators laugh as much as the original, Caddyshack II earned severe criticism.

5. Wayne’s World 2 (1993)

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A comedy movie called Wayne’s World 2 was released in 1993 as a follow-up to the popular Wayne’s World movie from 1992. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprised the beloved characters Wayne and Garth, but the sequel lacked the same humorous appeal as its predecessor.

To save their favorite rock venue, Wayne and Garth plan a music festival, which is followed throughout the film. The humor lacked the original movie’s wit and freshness and felt forced and repetitive. This movie garnered conflicting reviews and failed to match the popularity of the previous part.

6. We’re No Angels (1989)

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The comedy We’re No Angels with Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, and Demi Moore was released in 1989. Despite having a strong cast, the movie failed to make the audience laugh. The movie’s protagonists are two escaped felons who pretend to be priests to avoid being apprehended.

However, the humor throughout the film fell flat and came across as forced and predictable. The movie’s attempts to be witty and charming were unsuccessful, leading to an uninspiring comedy that failed to engage spectators.

7. Chairman of the Board (1998)

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A comedy movie titled Chairman of the Board starring Carrot Top was released in 1998. Despite the comedian’s notoriety then, spectators did not connect with the film or laugh. The protagonist of the tale is a young surfer who, after saving the life of the company’s previous chairman, ascends to the position of CEO.

The movie’s humor, however, frequently made spectators cringe because it largely relied on Carrot Top’s physical humor and unpopular prop gags. One of the worst comedies of its era, Chairman of the Board received harsh criticism from critics.

8. Cop and a Half (1993)

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The 1993 comedy Cop and a Half starred Burt Reynolds and a young Norman D. Golden II. In the film, an experienced detective works with a little boy to solve a crime. However, the movie’s humorous parts fell flat, and the gags were old and predictable. Despite the connection between Reynolds and Golden, the film attempted to balance comedy and narrative, leading to a drab comedy that failed to hold viewers’ attention. Negative reviews prevented this movie from making a memorable humorous impression.

9. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

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A prequel to the popular 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber called Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd was also released. The prequel, which was released in 2003, couldn’t match the original’s hilarious genius, though. Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson’s legendary roles as Harry and Lloyd, respectively, are examined in the film.

The movie’s comedy and plot fell flat, despite efforts to mimic Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ wit and on-screen chemistry. Fans of the first movie were dissatisfied with the sequel, which earned bad reviews.

10. Gone Fishin’ (1997)

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The comedy Gone Fishin was released in 1997 and starred Joe Pesci and Danny Glover. The plot of the film centers on the exploits of two buddies who win a fishing trip and become involved in many comical disasters. Despite the major performers’ abilities, the movie had difficulty establishing its humor and plot. The plot lacked cohesion, and the humorous passages appeared forced. One of the worst comedies of its day, Gone Fishin, earned unfavorable reviews from reviewers and failed to connect with spectators.

11. The Pest (1997)

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A comedy movie featuring John Leguizamo was called The Pest, released in 1997. The film’s main character is a con guy who falls victim to a deadly game set up by a wealthy man.

Although John Leguizamo had a strong performance, the humor attempts in the movie were frequently crude and excessively reliant on stereotypes. The jokes fell flat, and the execution as a whole was judged to be tasteless and unfunny. 

12. This Is the End (2013)

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Seth Rogen directed and produced this black comedy movie. Unfortunately, it disappointed most comedy fans. A viewer commented that they watched this movie right after its release. This movie has no plot, and it is very annoying.

Actors working in the movie just keep asking questions and yelling at each other. The commenter says they can’t think of any good jokes mentioned in the movie.

25 Incredible Films That Force You to Cry Every Time You Watch Them

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Are you searching for a great film to get your beautiful eyes to tear up? I’m a sucker for a good cry fest. So here are 25 movies that make me cry every time I watch them. Will they get your eyes wet too?

15 Movies Boomers Admit They Were Actually Shown at School

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Everyone knows the feeling of walking into the classroom and seeing the TV on the rolling stand. It was a feeling of pure joy; you were either watching a film for educational purposes or you were watching a film because the teacher didn’t want to work on their lesson plan. One way or another, you knew you were watching a movie that day.

10 Magnificent Performances That Tricked Us Into Loving Terrible Movies

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Ready for some controversy? First, let me preface that I do NOT agree with several of the films listed on this list. Recently, an online film forum member asked about amazing performances in terrible films. Again, don’t hate the reporter. These are not my picks. Here is what they had to say. I know ya’ll…

20 Movies Guaranteed to Completely Blow Your Mind Wide Open

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What’s the first mind-blowing movie you have ever seen? What’s your favorite thought-provoking film of all time? My favorite mind-bending film of all time is either Inception or The Mist. After someone asked for other examples in an online film forum, here is what moviegoers had to say.

10 Absolutely Amazing Black and White Movies That Are Worth Your Time

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Name a gem of a black-and-white movie. Now name a black-and-white movie that is an absolute must-see but no one has ever heard of. Here is a list of ten collectible black-and-white movies that you must watch.

Source: Reddit.