Jim Carrey having burger in a scene from the film 'Dumb & Dumber', 1994. (Photo by New Line Cinema/Getty Images)
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Critically-Panned Comedy Movies That Are Better Than Expected
Christmas with the Kranks
“Christmas with the Kranks” follows empty-nesters Luther and Nora Krank who decide to go on a cruise while their daughter is away at college for the Christmas holiday. Hilarious hijinks ensue as the Kranks attempt to avoid their Christmas-crazy neighbors and scramble to get in the holiday spirit when their daughter returns at the last minute.
Beverly Hills Ninja
Endlessly goofy, “Beverly Hills Ninja” follows an adopted ninja warrior, Haru — played by Chris Farley — as he leaves Japan for California to protect a young woman from corporate bad guys. Sure Farley's comedy lacks nuance — if you’re not a fan of Farley, this movie might not be for you — but it’s an utterly hilarious, rambunctious movie.
When Nature Calls
“When Nature Calls” sees Jim Carrey return as Ace Ventura, pet detective, while he travels to Africa to locate a rare white bat for a village on the brink of war. The movie shows Jim Carrey’s physical comedy at its best, and although the New York Times called the sequel “slightly nastier,” it’s hard to see how it can be considered anything but goofy fun.
“Bewitched” follows a failing actor — played by Will Ferrel — as he attempts to remake the original “Bewitched” television show, casting Isabel Bigelow — played by Nicole Kidman — who happens to be a real witch. Although the movie doesn’t live up to its predecessor, Ferrell is charming and Kidman is bewitching, making it a fun option for a movie night.
Dumb and Dumber To
20 years after the original “Dumb and Dumber,” the cast got back together to produce a sequel, and although the plot is needlessly convoluted and the film is slightly too long, “Dumb and Dumber To” is a solid comedy. Critics panned the venture as a tired replica, but Carrey and Daniels’ chemistry remains and the film delivers on its promise to produce laughs.