Why Critics Can’t Be Trusted With Classic, Dumb Comedies

Look at the discrepancy between users’ score and the Metascore.

Look at the discrepancy between users’ score and the Metascore.

Dumb and Dumber, Tommy Boy, Spaceballs; these are just three examples of why critics can’t be trusted with dumb comedies. These three films are among many other comedy classics with jokes that have stood the test of time, yet the critics rated them all poorly. I believe the big issue is that oftentimes critics don’t adjust how they review given the genre, when they should. For comedies, the humor should be the most important thing.

For example: Black Sheep is a hilarious film, because Chris Farley was an amazing actor and arguably one of the best at slapstick comedy. David Spade’s dry sarcasm/constant pessimism perfectly juxtaposed Chris Farley’s childlike optimism/naivety toward everything, which made for comedic gold! Was it the same duo and practically the same general plot as Tommy Boy? Of course it was, but the jokes and the ways Farley hurt himself were just as unique and hilarious as any of his other films.


 I just believe a lot of critics get too caught up in the fine details at times when most stupid comedies are purposely ignoring them. A critic for the New York Times wrote this about Wet Hot American Summer: “In essence, it's a ragged collection of bits and sketches cobbled into about a dozen plots, most of which call upon the cast to do a lot of tongue and neck-spraining French kissing.” That wasn’t by accident! 

It takes a certain kind of intelligent person to make stupid humor so good and that’s why critics should stop looking for “plot holes” or “deeper meaning” in stupid comedies. They should look at how well thought out and, more importantly, how well delivered the jokes are.

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