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Movie fans don’t always agree with the critics, it’s just a fact of life. However, Rotten Tomatoes has become the place to find out both the audience and critic ratings of any film so viewers can compare and make an informed decision. While critics and fans agree on a lot of films, there are many comedies that reviewers panned even though they were loved by the audience. We’ve put together a list of the 10 most surprisingly rotten comedies because, at least on these occasions, the critics are totally wrong!
Wet Hot American SummerCritics Score: 31%Audience Score: 82%The cult hit that is Wet Hot American Summer remains popular among fans to this day, possibly because its cast included some major comedians like Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, and Bradley Cooper.
Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveCritics Score: 45%Audience Score: 57%Though Jim Carrey’s wacky humor isn’t appreciated by everyone, to some, Ace Ventura is one of the funniest movies they’ve ever seen. If nothing else, it’s certainly unique.
Tommy BoyCritics Score: 44%Audience Score: 91%The comedy starring two Saturday Night Live favorites, Chris Farley and David Spade, is a classic! It’s surprising that Tommy Boy received such a low score, and if you narrow the Rotten Tomatoes score from all critics to just the top critics, the score goes down to 18%.
Billy MadisonCritics Score: 46%Audience Score: 80%It may be debatable which of Adam Sandler’s films is his best, but many fans are sure to name Billy Madison. Even if it’s not the best Sandler comedy, it’s easily top five.
Super TroopersCritics Score: 35%Audience Score: 90%Perhaps its silly humor didn’t appeal to the critics, but it did make Super Troopers a hit among movie viewers.
Bring It OnCritics Score: 64%Audience Score: 66%Rotten Tomatoes failed us all around on this one. Bring it On is one of the funniest movies of the past two decades. “We’re awesome, we’re hot, we’re everything you’re not.” You tell ‘em, girls.
Hot RodCritics Score: 40%Audience Score: 64%As Andy Samberg’s first lead role, Hot Rod was the movie that launched his career — with the help of Saturday Night Live, of course. Cool beans!
National Lampoon’s Van WilderCritics Score: 18%Audience Score: 74%Sure, Van Wilder may be a gross-out comedy, but it also launched Ryan Reynolds’ career. And if you can sit through it without laughing, you are a stronger person than I.
The Hot ChickCritics Score: 21%Audience Score: 60%Rob Schneider adopting the airs and mannerisms of a teenaged girl, plus Rachel McAdams portraying a gross small-time crook? C’mon, it’s one of the best body-switching comedies out there.
Grandma’s BoyCritics Score: 18%Audience Score: 86%Another silly-and-gross comedy that critics weren’t amused by is Grandma’s Boy. However, its raunchy humor was such a hit among fans that the movie’s ratings have the biggest disparity of all the comedies on this list.
We're still not entirely sure where the next season of Saturday Night Live stands Fred Armisen-wise. In true Sudeikis fashion, the longtime variety show star has kept the status of his return moreover nebulous. But whether or not we'll be seeing him pick up with his old Barack Obama (oh, no, that's Jay Pharoah now), Kat and Garth (nope, Kristen Wiig is gone), or The Californians (no, no, they've got to realize that it's time to call it quits on that one) shtick, we will have access to Armisen in another form entirely: the movies. The comic actor has scored his first (potentially) post-SNL gig, and first starring role in a big screen feature. Armisen will take the central role in the tentatively titled Justice for Al, a house arrest comedy from the director of Bad Santa, as reported by The Wrap.
For years, Armisen was a ubiquitous bit player in Hollywood's comedy scene, embodying one-off characters of every race and ethnicity imaginable (acting versatility is really dependent on ambiguity of skin tone, apparently). But Justice for Al will be Armisen's first shot at taking the wheel of a movie. So how much weight are we really putting on this role? History shall guide us; let's look at some of Armisen's contemporaries...
Kristen Wiig's first starring role: The Brothers Solomon, a half-witted comedy in which she played the surrogate mother to two dopey brothers. Didn't exactly showcase the chops for which we'd come to love her.
Will Ferrell's first starring role: Men Seeking Women, in which he played an idiotic manchild on the hunt for sexual gratification. Yeah, sure, that's pretty much what he always plays... but the movies got a lot better. Or at least more quotable.
Tina Fey's first starring role: Baby Mama. Yeah, she was important in Mean Girls (and she wrote it), but that was Lindsay's movie. Oh Lindsay. The promise you once had... In any event, Baby Mama was cute, but nowhere near the degree of wit that we've come to associate with Fey.
Amy Poehler's first starring role: See above. All of it.
Jimmy Fallon's first starring role: Taxi. And now he's hosting the freakin' Tonight Show. We live in a strange world, folks.
Andy Samberg's first starring role: Hot Rod. I don't care what you say, Hot Rod is hilarious. Still waiting for anything in the vein of a follow-up...
Going back further, we have the likes of Mike Myers, David Spade, Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock... all of whom turned their SNL reputations into blockbuster careers. So how will Armisen fare, and is Justice for Al a good sign?
At least it's not a Californians movie. Don't act like they haven't considered it!
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