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TrishDaDish
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Ok, rule out Plan 9 From Outer Space, because we're all in agreement on that. That's goes under "terribly made movie that's unintentionally funny".

As a solid Who fan, I have to go with Tommy, and I say this as a person who used to play that album literally every day in high school, and watched the movie just as much. Let's put it this way: When I rode the school bus, I could play the movie in my head.

A few years ago, they played a letterbox version of it on AMC, and lord almighty, I never stopped laughing my head off. Ann Margaret's acting abilities alone spewed soda out my nose. Roger's running-like-a-girl scene in I'm Free. Jack Nicholson singing. Good Lord, the movie's a train wreck. And it was supposed to be serious!

I also rented a movie from a religious store called The Allure of Rock. The mullet headed presenter (you don't see him till the end) plays clips of videos that show you how The Debil is corrupting the Youth Of The World. This tape is late 80's, early 90's. He takes random lyrics and puts out equally random Bible quotes, and somehow it's supposed to equal "Satan created rock music. And rap. And metal bands." He keeps citing a bible passage about the Devil being able to look like an angel to confuse you, but when he says it, he keeps showing death metal bands in full Satanic stage gear. (What kind of angels in heaven look like that?)

He goes on about an M.C. Hammer video, where he's practising with dancers and a few little kids are hanging around. he talks to a little girl, saying he's going to a club and she can't go, but he'll be back to play with her or read or something. The presentor says, "And what is this little girl learning when he says this? 'I have to go to a club, where I'll be drinking to excess, simulate fornication with a woman dancing, and then have sex with a stranger, but you can't?' Is she not learning 'Do as I say, not as I do'?"

Uh, she's 5. I doubt she's thinking that.

My favorite bit has to be when he's talking about Anton LeVay, and he actually starts a sentence with, "This cat..."

"This cat"? Who are you, Sammy Davis, Jr.? Yeah, I bet the kids'll trust what you have to say now, you seem such a happenin' dude, givin' props to Da Lord and all.

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I found Dark City unintentionally funny. Pretty much anything Richard O'Brien does makes me snerk whether he meant to or not. And watching Keifer Sutherland's over-the-top sniveling made me laugh out loud. My husband did not appreciate that.

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Bram Stoker's Dracula. I generally get freaked out by even the tamest horror films, but this one made me laugh until I nearly cried.

Best scenes:
-When Dracula threatens Jonathan Harker with a sword during dinner. The combination of Gary Oldman being over-the-top and Keanu Reeves' usual cluelessness is great.

-When Van Helsing is chanting in Latin over Vampire Lucy's coffin, and she sits up and spits blood in his face, and he keeps chanting in Latin with blood all over him as if nothing happened.

-When Dracula and Mina are talking and suddenly a microscope image of blood cells is superimposed over them, and you can hear faint wailing noises from the blood cells. It's like the world's weirdest anti-drug commercial.

Anthony Hopkins' and Keanu's accents are pretty funny, too.

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I have no idea if the whole movie was supposed to be viewed as a comedy or not (there are certainly comedic elements in it), but I submit "The Last Dragon", the martial arts flick that gave us one of the best villains of all time: Sho Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem.

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The first movie that I think of that's so ridiculous, it's funny isBattlefield Earth. I could not stop giggling which drove my brother nuts. I think it's a great movie to watch just for the comedic value.

I would also nominate Ninja III: The Domination. Just imagine Flashdance with cheesy 80s ninjas and the lead actress becomes possessed by a ninja.

The last one I can think of at the moment is Flash Gordon. Bad acting and story, the most bizarre colors and sets, and a soundtrack by Queen... it doesn't get any better than this folks.

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Starship Troopers. The line "We're going back to P", more precisely. (there's a lot to be said about this movie, but nothing as funny as that. Still, I didn't know that meteors could travel faster than light speed, to begin with).

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The scene in Mett Joe Black where Brad Pitt gets hit by the car was so funny looking my friends and I watched it at least 20 times. We couldn't breathe by the time we stopped.
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"The Bride" with Sting and Jennifer Beals. Actually, any movie with Sting in it. He should stick to music. He also did a very un-sexy sex scene with Meryl Streep in "Plenty" that had us giggling back in the day. Don't forget Sting wearing the codpiece in "Dune". His cd's are great, but he is one of the most unintentionally funny "actors" of all time.
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Robin Hood: Prince of Theives. I just giggle at Kevin Costner's lack of English accent.

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Daredevil, especially the scene where Matt Murdock explains to the Kingpin how he only defends innocent people.

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quote:
Originally posted by VersesBatman:
Robin Hood: Prince of Theives. I just giggle at Kevin Costner's lack of English accent.

The accent business never bothered me.

The idea of Morgan Freeman's character coming up with an entire keg of gunpowder, from scratch, overnight--that's hilarious.

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The Specialist. I had heard it was a good movie, and my roommate really wanted to watch it, so I gave it a try. I was embarassed for Sharon Stone that she was in this movie. All her "use my feminine wiles to reel in the mob boss" scenes were hilarious. The part where Stallone has to rough up some hoods on the bus (yes, our hero relies on public transport) was a classic. Best of all, he takes in a stray cat (named Timer- what else would a bomb/explosive expert name his kitty) and there's a scene where they're on his balcony as Stallone contemplates the job he might take. Timer is snuggled up against his chest as a train/monorail thing goes by in the distance. "Whaddya think, Timer?" says Stallone. "You shoulda blown up that freakin' tuna train like I told you to, bitch!" answered the cat (in my head, anyway).

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quote:
Originally posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker:
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Originally posted by VersesBatman:
Robin Hood: Prince of Theives. I just giggle at Kevin Costner's lack of English accent.

The accent business never bothered me.

The idea of Morgan Freeman's character coming up with an entire keg of gunpowder, from scratch, overnight--that's hilarious.

Seaboe

The accent was funny because I watched Field of Dreams prior to this one, so I kept thinking he sounded like a midwestern farmer.

You forgot to mention Morgan performing a C-Section successfully.

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quote:
Originally posted by VersesBatman:
Robin Hood: Prince of Theives. I just giggle at Kevin Costner's lack of English accent.

It came out the same year as Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights. There was a choice piece of dialogue that went something like this:
King: Why should I fear you more than the other Robin Hoods?
Robin: Because I speak with an English accent!

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The first thing that comes to mind is a made-for-TV movie from the mid 80's, called Who Is Julia? My family watches this just for the comic value, and I've seen it several times.
It's about a woman who gets a brain transplant. Rather... the brain got a body transplant, as the personality belonged to the brain, even though the body belonged to another woman (one got hit by a car, the other had an aneuryism). The lovely Mare Winningham gave a stunning performance as Mary Frances/Julia, and MF's husband Jethro Bodine ("I'm just a grease monkey!") doesn't understand what's going on.
There are some great lines... one doctor tells the other when the accident victim comes in: "Don't look under that sheet!"
And when Julia wakes up, she gets confused. "Hand? Hand!? HAND HAND HAND HAND HAND?!"
I know made for tv movies are supposed to be bad, but this one goes above and beyond expectations.

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Jay, it was:

Prince John: And why should the people listen to you?
Robin Hood: Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.

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quote:
Originally posted by VersesBatman:
Robin Hood: Prince of Theives. I just giggle at Kevin Costner's lack of English accent.

I always laugh at the scene where Kev and Morgan have just arrived in England, landing at what appears to be the White Cliffs of Dover, then Kev, clapping Morgan on the back, states: "we'll be at my father's castle at Nottingham by nightfall!". Well, if you've got a helicopter I suppose it's just about possible.

Also, Dungeons and Dragons. Hilarious on so many levels, but Jeremy Irons just about takes the biscuit.

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Was Starship Troopers intended to be serious? Because I thought it was supposed to be a sci-fi action comedy.

I also couldn't tell if the first Scream was supposed to be funny or not. I had friends who were terrified by it, but it was all I could do to keep from laughing through the whole thing.

Oh, and a little movie called The Killer Eye. Rolling on the floor laughing. The whole thing from the premise to the actors, to the soft-core porn-with-giant-eyeball. Hilarious.

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My nominees:
-Ong-Bak: the Thai Warrior. Granted, the stunts were just flat out incredible, but the subtitles were so screamingly bad that it just made the whole movie hilarious to me.

-What Lies Beneath. I've ranted about this one on other threads. I'm still not entirely convinced that it wasn't intended as a spoof. Or maybe that's just my hope, that otherwise talented people wouldn't unintentionally fill a movie with so many suspense/horror movie cliches.

At one point, I swear to god, Michelle Pfeiffer's character is walking downstairs, barefoot, in a nightgown, in a dark house, backwards, right past the body of the dead bad guy...but wait! Is he really dead?!?!? Let's find out by stepping right next to his hand! Seriously, I almost peed my pants, but from laughter, not fear.

And I had it on VH-1 just now and they were playing Ghost

This thread could be filled entirely with Patrick Swayze movies; from his plastic Ken-doll hair in Ghost to the snappy dialogue in such classics as Dirty Dancing ("No one puts Baby in a corner"), Roadhouse ("Pain don't hurt"...um, what?) and Point Break ("They only live to get radical" - any real surfer would beat you to death with his board for talking like that.) Thank you, Patrick, for making the 80s suck just that much more.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lil' Molly:
Was Starship Troopers intended to be serious? Because I thought it was supposed to be a sci-fi action comedy.

I also couldn't tell if the first Scream was supposed to be funny or not. I had friends who were terrified by it, but it was all I could do to keep from laughing through the whole thing.

Starship Troopers the movie was not intended to be taken seriously. The fascist government in particular was parody. The book it was based on was more serious, but there was very little resemblence between the book and movie.

Scream was a self-referential parody of a horror movie. It was a horror comedy, and the humor was very much intentional, not unintentional. It was primarily making fun of horror movies, but secondarily was a horror movie with scary moments of its own. That made the movie "Scary Movie" all the more redundant, since it was a parody of a parody. How scary it actually was would depend on your tolerance for the horror genre. A lot of people would see Scream who don't normally like horror movies due to the comedy element, so that broader audience might consider it scary.

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The first movie that I think of that's so ridiculous, it's funny isBattlefield Earth. I could not stop giggling which drove my brother nuts. I think it's a great movie to watch just for the comedic value.

Only a Scientologist could ever take that movie seriously. The movie bombed at the box office, but I think nearly the entire audience that it did get was watching it ironically. I saw it in the theater and there was laughing. The book is also hilarious, though it is a bit of a long read, so you have to be very into that sort of humor to slog through it. The book is actually worse/funnier than the movie since the movie had to be distilled down into a simpler story.

The movie actually only covers the first half the book, so there was room open for a sequel if it hadn't done so poorly. They're so sharply delineated in the book that its like the second half is the sequel, in fact. Shockingly the second half is even funnier and weirder. Wily humans involve themselves in interstellar politics, and none of the alien species are clever enough to deal with them. It gives off a weird incredibly racist vibe.

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This reminds me of that other thread where a reader commented about Striptease being a comedy in which everyone but Demi Moore was in on the joke. I believe that must be true.

The last three Star Wars movies made. "Noooooooo!" That kills me. It's like the final punch line of the greatest comedy ever. (Actually, the first three made were pretty funny when they meant to be. What hapened?)

M' Night Shaymalan. Enough said. Pick any three and have a whole weekend of holding your sides.

I forgot to add: King Kong. Another great punchline to an unintentionally hillarious ending: "It was beauty killed the beast." It think it's Jackson poking fun at his own cinematography. Seriously. (The whole thing is funny, though. So many scenes are just draawn out longer than that silly fistfight scene in Them. By the end of the 15 minute dino stampede, if you're still not laughing, something is wrong with your funnybone.)

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The last three Star Wars movies made. "Noooooooo!" That kills me. It's like the final punch line of the greatest comedy ever. (Actually, the first three made were pretty funny when they meant to be. What hapened?)


Oh yeah. I cannot convince my husband that is funny. It is! It's very funny.

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I forgot to add: King Kong. Another great punchline to an unintentionally hillarious ending: "It was beauty killed the beast." It think it's Jackson poking fun at his own cinematography. Seriously. (The whole thing is funny, though. So many scenes are just draawn out longer than that silly fistfight scene in Them. By the end of the 15 minute dino stampede, if you're still not laughing, something is wrong with your funnybone.)


Ditto. I kept yelling and laughing "No way!" during the stampede scene. What about Kong and the woman "ice-skating"? It just needed the Coca-Cola polar bears to make it complete.

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Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
I forgot to add: King Kong. Another great punchline to an unintentionally hillarious ending: "It was beauty killed the beast." It think it's Jackson poking fun at his own cinematography. Seriously.

Actually, that line came from the original version.

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quote:
Originally posted by VersesBatman:
Robin Hood: Prince of Theives. I just giggle at Kevin Costner's lack of English accent.

You know, the accent thing didn't really bother me -- or at least, it wasn't the thing that ruined the movie (the movie just wasn't that good). I'd rather have Costner talk without an English accent, than with a bad English accent.

An example I like to pull out was the 1998 version of Man in the Iron Mask. A friend of mine was really bugged that John Malkovich played Athos with an American accent. It didn't bother her a bit that Jeremy Irons as Aramis spoke with an English accent, and Gerard Depardieu as Porthos spoke with a French accent. Since they're all speaking English rather than French, what accent should they be using? Should actors in a Shakespeare play all speak with an English accent, even if the play is Julius Caesar? (Well, yes, because we all know from movies and TV that Imperial Romans all spoke with English accents...)

Come to think of it, if you want a really incongrous accent, I think it's hard to beat Tony Curtis in Spatacus...

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I forgot to add: King Kong. Another great punchline to an unintentionally hillarious ending: "It was beauty killed the beast." It think it's Jackson poking fun at his own cinematography. Seriously.

Actually, that line came from the original version.
Yeah, I know that. I still think it was intended to mean something differently than the original.

(Wee spoilers for King Kong 2005) I didn't mention the ice skating scene, even though it is the funniest scene, because I think at least there you can see there was some intention (however misguided) to add some humor. The reason it's really funny, though, is because the next day, she's up at the top of the Empire State building with almost no clothes on. She'd be a freaking ice cube in three minutes. And the leading guy, who supposedly loves her doesn't even offer her his coat! The final scene was like climactic slapstick to me.

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The final scene reminded me of Titanic. Where she slowly lets Kong go.

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quote:
Originally posted by Macheath:
I have no idea if the whole movie was supposed to be viewed as a comedy or not (there are certainly comedic elements in it), but I submit "The Last Dragon", the martial arts flick that gave us one of the best villains of all time: Sho Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem.

Mack da "Bruce Leroy" Knife

YES! (And, lest we forget, it's "Berry Gordy's 'The Last Dragon'" - need that crucial Motown connection, complete with "Rhythm of the Night" by El deBarge!


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Mustn't forget Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark. I'm rather glad the movie theater my friends and I saw it in was so empty; we could MST to our hearts' content.

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Originally posted by Macheath:
I have no idea if the whole movie was supposed to be viewed as a comedy or not (there are certainly comedic elements in it), but I submit "The Last Dragon", the martial arts flick that gave us one of the best villains of all time: Sho Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem.

Mack da "Bruce Leroy" Knife

YES! (And, lest we forget, it's "Berry Gordy's 'The Last Dragon'" - need that crucial Motown connection, complete with "Rhythm of the Night" by El deBarge!


music "Am I the baddest? Am I the prettiest?" geek

YES! Still, most of the film seems to be presenting a tongue-in-cheek approach to the story, so I don't think it really qualifies. It's not an outright comedy, but it's definitely meant to be fun and in some parts funny. After some deliberation, I think it doesn't meet the criteria.

Though I'd argue Vanity's acting in the film qualified.

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Originally posted by Ganzfeld:
This reminds me of that other thread where a reader commented about Striptease being a comedy in which everyone but Demi Moore was in on the joke. I believe that must be true.

It seemed that way to me too. That was the first movie I thought of when I first checked this thread.

Swimfan was another. I remember seeing the preview for it before some other movie - it was obviously supposed to be scary, but nearly everyone in the theater was laughing as the screen faded. My morbid curiousity piqued, I went to see it and, well, I was moved to tears by the experience!

Also, it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen, but 40 Days and 40 Nights deserves a mention here too. No sex for a month and a half is supposed to be such a big deal it attracts the attention of San Francisco's entire under-30 population...right.

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Gerard Morvan
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Another one: Starcrash, with Caroline Munro (lovely as ever), and the improbably named Marjoe Gortner (not to mention David Hasselhoff -that's probably where he got his idea for Baywatch). I don't even know where to begin with that movie. Is it Marjoe's over the top acting (if you can call it that)? The scene where Stella Star, after being frozen alive and spending a whole night on a snow-covered planet, wakes up with make-up on and hair perfectly done? The special effects that look like what you can see on an oscilloscope? The ships crashing through the windows of a space station without causing decompression? The failed tributes to Ray Harryhausen? Or Christopher Plummer's big speeches? Believe me, it makes Plan 9 from Outer Space boring.

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Speaking of Kevin Costner and his funny accents, you should watch Thirteen Days. His accent fades in and out as the movie goes on.

Also, what is up with some scenes in B&W and some it color. It wasn't to mesh with newsreel footage.

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Richard1978
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Kevin Costner wanted to re-dub himself in a British accent for RH-POT but didn't get time because it had to be released before a British production of Robin Hood came out.

Talking of accents the BBC's Rome had all the elite speaking like members of the RSC but soldiers & plebs had more working class accents.

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