- Some darkish comedies could be too darkish, alienating delicate viewers and producing controversy.
- Death to Smoochy, That’s My Boy, The Hangover Part III, Kick-Ass 2, Tusk, The Voices, and Bad Santa 2 all suffered critically or financially.
- These movies both had a poisonous vibe, poor evaluations, low field workplace receipts, or a mix of those elements.
Dark comedies aren’t for everybody. More usually than not, they sort out actual world topics with a tongue-in-cheek strategy, and that may show alienating for the extra delicate viewers (particularly those that have handled the extreme difficulty the film is flippantly discussing). Even traditional darkish comedies corresponding to Heathers generated controversy on the time of launch, and proceed to take action.
Yet, some darkish comedies nonetheless verify each the essential and industrial packing containers, like Bad Santa, Grosse Pointe Blank, In Bruges, and The War of the Roses. But the next films didn’t. Either critics (and, subsequently, common audiences) discovered themselves turned off by the venture, or field workplace receipts have been dismal — or there was a mix of the 2. These seven darkish comedy movies went just a little too darkish and suffered for it, both critically or financially.
7 Death to Smoochy (2002)
An under-seen Robin Williams movie that nonetheless falls far in need of greatness, Danny DeVito’s Death to Smoochy is the penultimate of six movies directed by the long-lasting It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star. Throw Momma from the Train, The War of the Roses, and Matilda all reached various ranges of success, however like his 1992 Hoffa, DeVito’s closing two movies largely failed to search out their meant viewers.
Was It Too Dark?
Unlike Hoffa, which was a would-be status image that generated extra apathy than applause, Death to Smoochy and Duplex got here and went from theaters like bolts of lightning. However, whereas the also-dark Duplex did not hit theaters with any phrase surrounding it — a real shock for an early aughts movie with Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore main — Death to Smoochy hit theaters with an outright poisonous vibe.
And it isn’t stunning as a result of, for essentially the most half, the trailer precisely offered how disagreeable the entire film really is. It’s a baffling misfire, but additionally an fascinating one with devoted performances from Edward Norton, Catherine Keener, and Robin Williams, and it has turn into a cult traditional within the years since its launch.
Death to Smoochy is out there to hire on Apple TV, Amazon Video, and Google Play Movies
6 That’s My Boy (2012)
That’s My Boy got here out the identical weekend as Rock of Ages, and like that movie, its advertising and marketing hinged on taking part in to each nostalgia and “something new” concurrently. In phrases of one thing new, there was “Adam Sandler in an R-rated movie” and “Tom Cruise sings,” respectively. In different phrases, not sufficient to generate viewers curiosity, particularly when neither movie actually works for multiple scene at a time.
How’d People Take To R-Rated Sandler?
The evaluations for That’s My Boy have been rightfully poor, primarily citing its mean-spirited nature, which does not precisely make for a cinematic expertise commensurate with a summer time comedy vibe. And, given its style, the movie had an enormous funds of $70 million, but might solely generate $57.7 million worldwide, cementing it as a forgettable flop.
That’s My Boy is out there to hire on Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, and YouTube
5 The Hangover Part III (2013)
Technically, The Hangover Part II was the installment of the trilogy to go too darkish, but it surely was The Hangover Part III that felt the brunt of the affect. Part II took issues from Vegas to Bangkok, and nearly each plot level within the authentic movie was elevated in depth, usually making it appear to be one of many central trio might really die. And, so far as summer time comedy films go, that may work towards the meant impact.
Too Much of a Good Thing?
Since audiences have been already turned off by Part II there actually wanted to be one thing about Part III that satisfied potential viewers it had any motive to exist outdoors of ticket gross sales. The trailer (and closing product) didn’t come near promoting that notion, and the trailer’s one quasi-effective joke, the place a giraffe is decapitated by an overpass, was actually not a universally interesting little bit of humor.
So, whereas Part III cracked $100 million home, it nonetheless skilled a pointy decline in curiosity, primarily as a result of audiences figured they have been going to get extra of the identical bits that made Part II a failure. They weren’t improper, however at the very least Part II had a character.
The Hangover Part III is out there to stream on TNT, TBS, tru TV, and DIRECTV
4 Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Both Kick-Ass films go darkish, however most followers would argue that solely considered one of them does so successfully. And, stable because it was, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass wasn’t ever going to construct a swiftly-expanding fan base, so no matter sequel was launched wanted to be of a comparable high quality to retain what followers there have been. Kick-Ass 2 did not come near the primary movie’s good-but-not-great field workplace tallies, and the disparity between their essential receptions was much more substantial.
How Was the Reaction Compared to the Original?
When it got here to essential reception, Kick-Ass 2 was largely seen as a copy-paste job the place a lot of the affect had been diminished, and any depth had been changed by extra expletives and neighborhood bloodshed.
In phrases of monetary outcomes, the 2010 movie netted almost $100 million worldwide towards a funds of $30 million, which was respectable however not astounding, so hopes weren’t that excessive for the sequel. But, with $60.8 million towards a funds akin to the primary movie’s (particularly, barely decrease at $28 million), Kick-Ass 2‘s drop was too substantial to warrant a trilogy-capping installment.
Kick-Ass 2 is out there to stream on Peacock Premium or free of charge with advertisements on Tubi TV
3 Tusk (2014)
- Release Date
- September 6, 2014
Kevin Smith’s later movies, notably his True North trilogy (Tusk, Yoga Hosers, and the forthcoming Moose Jaws), have proved to be each far completely different from his early View Askewniverse stuff, and topic to poor essential marks. Criticism primarily targeted on the 2 movies’ wild tonal inconsistencies, with each Tusk and Yoga Hosers oscillating between outlandish, referential, area of interest humor and physique horror tropes.
Too Different for Smith Fans?
In the case of Tusk, the movie could not even make a revenue on a slim $3 million funds (particularly, $1.9 million returns worldwide). For the completely weird Yoga Hosers, launched two years later, the overwhelming majority of critics and Smith followers agreed it was the nadir of his filmography.
And it might solely generate $38,784 price of viewers curiosity on a $5 million funds. Yet, because of a decent and still-building cult viewers for the primary entry within the True North trilogy, Tusk 2 is almost definitely en route.
Tusk is out there to stream on Cinemax, Kanopy and DIRECTV
2 The Voices (2014)
- Release Date
- January 19, 2014
- Marjane Satrapi
In The Voices, Ryan Reynolds stars because the troubled Jerry Hickfang, who believes he is capable of converse along with his pet canine and cat. Of course, in actuality, their phrases are all creations of his personal murderous thoughts. And, as may very well be guessed, Reynolds himself gives the voices of the canine and cat. And as may be guessed, they’re the humorous spotlight of this darkish comedy.
Did General Audiences Hear The Voices?
The evaluations for The Voices have been stable if not astounding, which might very a lot be stated of the movie itself (although Reynolds actually offers it his all and is well watchable). Furthermore, whereas the funds was saved very low (given Reynolds and Kendrick’s presences), the area of interest comedy nonetheless barely cracked $2 million worldwide.
The Voices is out there to stream on Prime Video or free of charge with advertisements on Freevee
1 Bad Santa 2 (2016)
The authentic Bad Santa was a essential and industrial favourite that gave Billy Bob Thornton his finest function in years. Bad Santa 2 obtained the other type of response and ruined what was as soon as an fascinating (although crass) character. There’s no character progress in Bad Santa 2, there’s only a man who has continued to fall again in his personal method, even dragging the primary movie’s younger boy (not so younger now) down with him.
How’d It Compare to the Original?
Terry Zwigoff’s 2003 movie scored $76.5 million worldwide towards a funds of $23 million (to not point out a great deal of money in leases), but the 2016 sequel might solely entice $17.8 million in home curiosity and simply over $6 million abroad on a barely bumped (however cheap given the time leap) funds of $26 million.
Regardless of the comparatively small funds, given the monetary returns and horrendous evaluations from critics and followers alike, there was no level in making Bad Santa 2.
Bad Santa 2 is out there to stream on Paramount +