Comedy is a delicate blend of wit, timing and observation that needs to be perfectly balanced in order to create the desired effect. Comedic actors are amongst some of the most talented artists in the industry as making millions of people laugh is no easy feat.

Legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks make comedy acting look easy, but other artists can occasionally get it spectacularly wrong. This article looks at the top ten movies that are guilty of terrible crimes against comedy.

1. Disaster Movie


The only good thing about Disaster Movie is that the title warns you exactly what you are in for before watching this train wreck of a movie.

The film does offer something in the way of a plot as we follow the main character as he stumbles between various apocalyptic scenarios including an ice age, meteor shower and a rabid gang of chipmunks.

The movie careers from one poorly executed gag to the other and makes for extremely uncomfortable viewing. If that wasn’t bad enough, Disaster Movie is also responsible for giving Kim Kardashian her acting debut, but it earns points for killing her off with a meteor.

2. White Chicks


Despite bringing us many comedy gems in the past such as scary movie, the Wayans brothers got it terribly wrong with White Chicks.

Brothers Sean and Marlon Wayans play two FBI agents that are forced to go undercover as the Wilson sisters.

The movie required the two 6-feet tall, muscular actors to undergo hours of prosthetics and makeup to be transformed into white women.

The movie manages to draw on pretty much every stereotype in existence as the brothers try unsuccessfully to portray a pair of spoiled sisters. If you ever wondered what Marilyn Manson would look like on steroids, then White Chicks is for you.

3. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd


The original Dumb and Dumber movie was an example of pure comedy genius.

Despite not having the greatest storyline, the movie was a success thanks to the incredible performances from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as two innocent imbeciles heading to Aspen to return a briefcase.

In an attempt to milk the success of the first movie, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd was created to the delight of no one.

The sequel was a complete failure due to the production company hiring a different director and casting two unknown actors in the title roles. A third movie is in the making that brings together the original actors and director.

4. Jack and Jill


Jack and Jill has the distinction of being the movie that nearly ended Al Pacino’s career. Widely regarded as one of the worst films of all time, Jack and Jill casts Adam Sandler in both of the title roles.

The film lacks any kind of plot, humour, acting ability and is guaranteed to be the worst 91 minutes of your life.

Jack and Jill smashed all previous records by winning in every single category at the Golden Raspberry awards. Incredibly, the film turned out to be a commercial success and grossed almost $150 million worldwide proving that Adam Sandler’s fans are perhaps the most forgiving on Earth.

5. Gigli


Gigli was a 2003 movie that was hated by movie fans and critics alike. Costing $75.6 million to make, Gigli grossed an embarrassing $7.2 million dollars at the box office.

The movie stars Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck who were romantically involved at the time. Billed as a comedy-crime caper, it failed to elicit much laughter from fans and was described as ‘a mess’ by film critics.

Bizarrely, Ben and Jennifer managed to create no on-screen chemistry whatsoever and the couple were subsequently blamed for the film’s failure. The relationship widely known as ‘Bennifer’ came to an end a year later after a particular wild night involving Christian Slater and a gang of strippers.

6. Little Nicky


Adam Sandler makes the list once again with possibly the most annoying character of all time. Little Nicky was released in 2000 and starred Adam Sandler as the son of Satan who visits earth in order to learn about good and evil.

Adam Sandler spoke with a raspy, grating voice throughout the film which made it unwatchable for many people.

Despite an all-star cast consisting of Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans, Patricia Arquette and Reese Witherspoon, the movie bombed at the box office. Even a cameo appearance from Ozzy Osbourne was not enough to save this awful film.

7. Norbit


Eddie Murphy rose to fame as a talented actor and critically acclaimed stand-up comedian. However, The Nutty Professor marked the beginning of the end for Eddie as his career took a steady nosedive ever since the movie’s release in 1996.

The final nail in the coffin came with the release of Norbit, a film about an obese lady played by Eddie that abuses her meek husband that is also played by Eddie.

Despite being a commercial success, the movie was universally hated by fans and the movie industry. It received eight Golden Raspberry nominations and a received a rating of 9% on review website Rotten Tomatoes.

8. Son of The Mask


The Mask starring Jim Carrey was one of the best loved comedies of the 90s and launched the career of actress Cameron Diaz.

Despite being offered a cheque for $10 million, Jim refused to return for a sequel having already learned his lesson from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.

Eleven years later, The Son of the Mask was born and quickly established itself as one of the worst movies of all time. Jamie Kennedy was the unfortunate actor who landed the starring role and suffered from such harsh criticism it led him to complain to one interviewer “I’m just being killed, absolutely killed.”

9. Chairman of the Board


Chairman of the Board stars Courtney Thorne-Smith and Carrot Top as a couple who inherit a billionaire’s business. The film tops almost every ‘worst movies ever made’ list and has provided fodder for comedians and movie critics around the world.

Carrot top assumed the leading role as a down-and-out surfer who befriends an aging billionaire and inherits his fortune.

The actor is a well-known TV personality but his notoriety lies more in his striking appearance than his comedic ability. The disaster cost an estimated $10 million to make and gained back only $181,233.

10. Fool’s Gold


Despite having two immensely talented actors, Fool’s Gold was called “excruciatingly lame”, “listless” and “tedious” by film critics.

Many reviewers even poked fun at the amount of time actor Matthew McConaughey spent flaunting his body with one critic asking “Does McConaughey have some codicil in his contract stipulating he must spend at least 51% of a movie shirtless?”

The movie leads Matthew and co-star Kate Hudson on a quest to locate a buried treasure. The film is plagued by cheesy one-liners, awkward scenes and unconvincing villains. Despite being panned, the adventure movie was a relative success at the box office.