Sometimes a movie is so bad you have to see it to believe it. Take a look at the 25 most cringeworthy and disappointing films of the comedy genre.
Worst comedies ever
When a comedy is truly great, the mere thought of its best scenes can make your sides hurt. The best comedies are fun roller coasters that many end up quoting and re-enacting for years to come. When a comedy falls flat, however, there are few things more cringeworthy and disappointing.
With this in mind, PrettyFamous, an entertainment site, found the worst comedies of all time. To identify the biggest letdowns, PrettyFamous considered all comedies with more than 50,000 IMDb votes and ranked them on their Smart Rating. This a score out of 100 that takes into account a movie's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and Audience Score, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. Children's movies were not included, and neither were any movies that are not classified strictly as "comedies" (e.g. dark comedies, romantic comedies).
Note: Plot summaries were sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.
#25. "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" (2005)
Smart Rating: 35.64
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano
Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) was never thrilled to have to go undercover as a competitor in a beauty pageant. Now Gracie, who works for the FBI, is dealing with some very public attention thanks to her waltz down the runway. Her overnight celebrity does not impress her new partner, Sam Fuller (Regina King). But the pair has to put aside their differences when one of Gracie's former beauty queen pals, Cheryl Frasier (Heather Burns), turns up missing, and the FBI is put on the case.
#24. "Mr. Deeds" (2002)
Smart Rating: 35.41
Starring: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Peter Gallagher
Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) is a sweet, lovable guy leading a simple but happy life in the tiny hamlet of Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire. Life is good at the small town restaurant until two corporate execs bring news that Deeds is about to be rolling in a different kind of dough. A long-lost relative has left him an inheritance of $40 billion along with the largest media company in the world. It's a fish out of water, rags to riches story that has local tabloid reporters salivating.
#23. "The Hot Chick" (2002)
Smart Rating: 35.20
Starring: Rob Schneider, Anna Faris, Matthew Lawrence
Not only is Jessica Spencer (Rachel McAdams) the most popular girl in school — she is also the meanest. But things change for the attractive teen when a freak accident involving a cursed pair of earrings and a chance encounter at a gas station causes her to switch bodies with Clive (Rob Schneider), a sleazy crook. Jessica, in the form of the repulsive Clive, struggles to adjust to this radical alteration and sets out to get her own body back before the upcoming prom.
#22. "Bride Wars" (2009)
Smart Rating: 35
Starring: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Johnston
Since the time they were little girls, best friends Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have been planning every aspect of their future weddings, including choosing the same destination: New York's famed Plaza Hotel. But when a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates, Liv and Kate discover their inner demons — with their lifelong friendship as a possible casualty.
#21. "Sex Tape" (2014)
Smart Rating: 34.27
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry
When Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel) first meet, they have an instant and intense romantic connection. However, 10 years and two children later, the flames of passion have dimmed to dull embers. To bring back the spark, the couple decide to record themselves trying out every position in "The Joy of Sex," which seems like a great idea at the time — until they discover that their private recording has gone public via the internet.
#20. "Showtime" (2002)
Smart Rating: 33.86
Genre: Comedy, Action
Starring: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo
When a no-nonsense LAPD detective (Robert De Niro) is forced to star in a reality-based television show with a frustrated actor-turned-LAPD-patrolman (Eddie Murphy), they find their lives turned upside down by a powerhouse producer (Rene Russo) and her very intrusive camera crew.
#19. "Hansel & Gretel Get Baked" (2013)
Smart Rating: 33.56
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Starring: Molly C. Quinn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Lochlyn Munro
A brother and sister battle a witch who uses a special blend of marijuana to lure teenagers into her home.
#18. "The Tuxedo" (2002)
Smart Rating: 33.35
Genre: Comedy, Action
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs
Cabbie-turned-chauffeur Jimmy Tong (Jackie Chan) learns there is really only one rule when you work for playboy millionaire Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs): Never touch Devlin's prized tuxedo. But when Devlin is temporarily put out of commission in an explosive accident, Jimmy puts on the tux and soon discovers that this extraordinary suit may be more black belt than black tie. Paired with a partner (Jennifer Love Hewitt) as inexperienced as he is, Jimmy becomes an unwitting secret agent.
#17. "That's My Boy" (2012)
Smart Rating: 32.67
Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester
While still a teen himself, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent. On Todd's 18th birthday, Donny cut the youth loose. After years of estrangement,the older man shows up unexpectedly on the eve of his son's wedding day, sending the young man's life into a tailspin. Donny wants desperately to reconnect with Todd, but he must now deal with the repercussions of the bad parenting he exhibited in the past.
#16. "R.I.P.D." (2013)
Smart Rating: 32.60
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon
Veteran lawman Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) works for the R.I.P.D., a legendary police force charged with finding monstrous spirits who are disguised as ordinary people but are trying to avoid their final judgment by hiding out among the living. When Roy and his new partner, Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds), uncover a plot that could end all life, they must discover a way to restore the cosmic balance or else watch the tunnel to the afterlife start sending angry souls back to the world of the living.
#15. "Dirty Grandpa" (2016)
Smart Rating: 32.57
Starring: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza
Uptight lawyer Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is one week away from marrying his boss's controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at his firm. Tricked by his grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro), Jason finds himself driving the foulmouthed old man to Daytona Beach, Florida, for a wild spring break that includes frat parties, bar fights and an epic night of karaoke. While Jason worries about the upcoming wedding, Dick tries to show his grandson how to live life to the fullest.
#14. "Couples Retreat" (2009)
Smart Rating: 31.37
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau
Four couples, all friends, descend on a tropical island resort. Though one husband and wife are there to work on their marriage, the others just want to enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon find, however, that paradise comes at a price: Participation in couples therapy sessions is mandatory. What started out as a cut-rate vacation turns into an examination of the common problems many face.
#13. "Norbit" (2007)
Smart Rating: 30.92
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Mild-mannered Norbit (Eddie Murphy) has always had it rough, since the day he was left abandoned at a combination Chinese restaurant and orphanage. Recently forced to marry the shrewish glutton Rasputia, he is at wit's end. Then his childhood sweetheart, Kate (Thandie Newton), moves back to town, and he tries to figure out a way back to his true love.
#12. "Little Fockers" (2010)
Smart Rating: 30.84
Starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson
After 10 years of marriage and two children, it seems that Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) has finally earned a place in the "circle of trust" of his uptight father-in-law, Jack (Robert De Niro). However, Greg is moonlighting with a drug company, which raises Jack's suspicions. As two clans descend on the scene of the young twins' birthday party, Greg must find a way through myriad misunderstandings to prove to Jack — once and for all — that he is worthy of being the next family patriarch.
#11. "Killers" (2010)
Smart Rating: 30.64
Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Tom Selleck
Three years after a fateful trip to the French Riviera, Jen (Katherine Heigl) enjoys the good life in suburbia with her handsome husband, Spencer (Ashton Kutcher). That comes crashing down, however, when gunfire rings out the morning after his 30th birthday. It turns out that Spencer has not been honest with Jen about his job; he's a deadly spy. Now she must learn to dodge bullets while keeping up an appearance of normalcy.
#10. "Mortdecai" (2015)
Smart Rating: 28.76
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Action
Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor
Charismatic British aristocrat and part-time shady art dealer Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) suffers from a constant lack of funds to support his lush lifestyle, so when Alistair Maitland (Ewan McGregor), a college friend and officer in MI5, asks him to find a stolen Goya painting, he accepts. But Charlie's not the only one with designs on the painting; an American heiress and a revolutionary want it too, for the artwork is rumored to contain the code to a bank account filled with Nazi gold.
#9. "Year One" (2009)
Smart Rating: 28.56
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Starring: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt
After Neanderthal hunter Zed (Jack Black) is exiled for eating forbidden fruit, he and his sardonic buddy Oh (Michael Cera) leave their village and begin an epic journey through history. The pals encounter biblical characters such as Cain (David Cross) and Abel, Abraham (Hank Azaria), and others, and wind up in Sodom. Along the way, Zed debunks commonly held beliefs and replaces them with his own delusions of grandeur.
#8. "Beverly Hills Cop III" (1994)
Smart Rating: 26.61
Genre: Comedy, Action
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Héctor Elizondo
When his boss is killed, Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) finds evidence that the murderer had ties to a California amusement park called Wonder World. Returning to Beverly Hills once more, Foley reunites with Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) to solve the case. Along with Billy's new partner, Jon Flint (Héctor Elizondo), they discover that the security force of Wonder World is actually part of a counterfeit money operation headed by park manager Orrin Sanderson (John Saxon).
#7. "Grown Ups 2" (2013)
Smart Rating: 24.75
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock
Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) moves his family back to his hometown to be with his friends, but he finds — what with old bullies, new bullies, party crashers and more — that he hasn't left the crazy life behind in Los Angeles. Lenny's friends must also cope with their own challenges: Eric (Kevin James) must face his ultimate fear; Kurt (Chris Rock) has gone back to work as a cable repairman; and Marcus (David Spade) learns that he has an 18-year-old son.
#6. "Superhero Movie" (2008)
Smart Rating: 21.50
Starring: Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Leslie Nielsen
After a bite from a genetically altered insect gives him superhuman abilities, teenage loser Rick Riker (Drake Bell) decides to use his powers for good. Donning an uncomfortably tight costume, Rick becomes a mysterious crime fighter known as "The Dragonfly." But standing in the way of truth, justice and the American Way is an evil villain known as "The Hourglass," who plans to become immortal by sucking the life force out of anyone who gets in his way.
#5. "Jack and Jill" (2011)
Smart Rating: 16.55
Starring: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino
Thanksgiving is usually a happy time, but ad executive Jack (Adam Sandler) dreads the holiday because his twin sister, Jill (also Sandler), makes her annual visit. When Jack and his sister get off on the wrong foot, the only way to make it right is to invite her to stay through Hanukkah. But, when actor Al Pacino (Al Pacino), whom Jack desperately needs to star in a commercial, takes a shine to Jill, Jack may be forced to extend his sister's visit even longer.
#4. "Movie 43" (2013)
Smart Rating: 15.62
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry
Twelve directors, including Peter Farrelly, Griffin Dunne and Brett Ratner, contributed to this collection of outrageous spoofs and stories. A seemingly perfect man has an unusual blemish on his neck in "The Catch." Superheroes attend a speed-dating event in "Robin's Big Speed Date." Two people on a blind date try to break the ice by playing "Truth or Dare." Other stories include "iBabe," "The Proposition," "Beezel" and "Victory's Glory."
#3. "Meet the Spartans" (2008)
Smart Rating: 15.58
Starring: Sean Maguire, Carmen Electra, Ken Davitian
When Xerxes (Ken Davitian), the evil god king of Persia, sends his massive army to Sparta, King Leonidas (Sean Maguire) and 13 strapping warriors rise up to defend their homeland. Leonidas, Captain (Kevin Sorbo) and the rest face down dancing Persians, bad punch-lines and celebrity look-alikes.
#2. "Epic Movie" (2007)
Smart Rating: 13.32
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Starring: Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Faune Chambers
Four adult orphans (Kal Penn, Adam Campbell, Faune Chambers, Jayma Mays) have an incredible adventure in a spoof of blockbuster and fantasy films. They visit a bizarre confectioner's chocolate factory and enter a mythic realm in which they must help a wise but lusty lion rid the land of a witchy woman.
#1. "Disaster Movie" (2008)
Smart Rating: 10.94
Starring: Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Kim Kardashian
During a fateful night, a group of impossibly attractive 20-somethings (Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Kim Kardashian) must dodge a series of man-made and natural disasters. Twisters, asteroids, earthquakes and singer Amy Winehouse are just some of the perils they face while trying to make their way to safety.