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Top 10 Worst Movies by Saturday Night Live Stars

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Written by Liam Hillery They were hilarious and had us laughing on NBC's Saturday Night Live, but when it came to making movies, these comedians and stars made these movies that turned out to be duds. WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Worst Movies Featuring Saturday Night Live Stars. But which tops our list for the worst of the worst? It's Pat featuring Julia Sweeney? Eddie Murphy's awful The Adventures of Pluto Nash, or Adam Sandler's terrible Jack and Jill? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to drewbrown for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: http://WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Worst+Movies+by+Saturday+Night+Live+Stars
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Live from WatchMojo, it’s a “Saturday Night Live” list! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Worst Movies by Saturday Night Live Stars.

For this list, we’re not necessarily looking at films based on SNL skits, though those could make the cut. We’re really considering the entire filmographies of every SNL repertory cast member through the years, and choosing the worst of the worst.

#10: “Taxi” (2004)

Okay, we’ll just come out and say it: the general public seems to have come to the conclusion that Jimmy Fallon isn’t exactly a top quality actor. Although it doesn’t matter much now—with him being the fantastic host of “The Tonight Show”—back in 2004 we still had hope for his movie career. “Taxi,” which teamed Fallon up with Queen Latifah, had promise. Despite their comedic chops, though, the story of Fallon’s police detective teaming up with Latifah’s taxi driver couldn’t live up to the French film it was based on, scoring a measly 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. Thankfully, this doesn’t seem to have derailed Fallon’s career in the slightest.

#9: “Cop Out” (2010)

Like many films on this list, “Cop Out” sounded like it coulda been good. Director Kevin Smith of “Clerks” clearly knows comedy, and he was given the Yippee Ki Yay Man himself Bruce Willis and SNL star, Tracy Morgan, to work with. So “Cop Out” had the makings of a solid buddy cop film, but unfortunately it fell flat on its face – and not in the good old slapstick way. The plot was criticized as uninventive, and the cast lacked serious chemistry. Smith put the blame directly on Willis’ shoulders, while praising Morgan, whom he said was a saving grace. But the bottom line as far as moviegoers saw it, was that the film was a cop out.

#8: “Joe Dirt” (2001)

We’d be remiss if we started this entry without acknowledging David Spade’s comedic abilities. The man can be incredibly funny; we need only direct you to his work with Chris Farley to prove our point. But this wasn’t one of his better films. Spade plays a stereotypical redneck American, right down to the mullet and poor grammar, who searches for his long lost parents while getting into white trash adventures along the way. Among other criticisms, “Joe Dirt” was chastised for having a lame plot that few could relate to. Some credited Spade with being the movie’s only saving grace, but even his efforts couldn’t save “Dirt” from film critic beat-downs.

#7: “Norbit” (2007)

Eddie Murphy in a fat suit worked for “The Nutty Professor.” But that was back in 1996 when he was at the top of his game and fans enjoyed his antics. Eleven years later and tastes changed, but Eddie Murphy, it seems, had not. For “Norbit,” he donned the fat suit once again, playing both lead characters: the lispy and nerdy Norbit, and his crude, obese wife, Rasputia. Fans and critics alike responded negatively to the story of Norbit escaping Rasputia and finding his true love, and thought the countless fat jokes were tiresome. The film earned Murphy three Razzies, but, oddly enough, it also garnered an Oscar nom. Guess the makeup was good.

#6: “The Ladies Man” (2000)

Like all the SNL alums on this list, Tim Meadows is an actual star, capable of quality comedy. Just go watch “Mean Girls” if you need proof. But “The Ladies Man” wasn’t the film for him. In theory, it should’ve worked, as the SNL skit was hilarious and Meadows played the character perfectly on television, but the movie version shouldn’t have made it past dress rehearsal. The film failed to appropriately adapt the best qualities of the skits—which included Meadows hilariously giving love advice—to the silver screen. Critics panned “The Ladies Man” for lacking sufficient material to be converted into a feature movie. So, bottom line, the script didn’t cut it, and Meadows just didn’t have enough to work with.

#5: “The Love Guru” (2008)

From the same guy who brought you Austin Powers and Wayne Campbell, comes… “The Love Guru.” It’d be unfair to compare Mike Myers’ Guru Maurice Pitka to his other characters, as they’re bona fide classics, but the general consensus seemed to be that the Guru doesn’t hold up against any competition. Hindus across the world considered the character wildly offensive even before the film was released, and that didn’t bode well for the film’s box office performance, as it failed to make back its budget. Perhaps worst of all, a cast that included such talents as Myers, Justin Timberlake, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Ben Kingsley couldn’t even make “The Love Guru” work.

#4: “The Master of Disguise” (2002)

There’s no question that Dana Carvey’s endless collection of impressions, voices, and facial gymnastic expressions can be funny, but this movie proved they don’t hold up for 81 minutes. Carvey’s Italian character, Pistachio Disguisey—yes, that’s his actual name—is the titular master of disguise, but sadly film audiences didn’t find any of his disguises funny. While it’s fair to give children’s films a little bit of leeway in the ratings department, this one pushed well past the boundaries of what’s acceptable, earning a pitiful 1% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “The Master of Disguise” essentially ended Carvey’s film career, as he hasn’t had a leading role since.

#3: “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” (2002)

Another strike for Eddie Murphy! Again, this King of Comedy couldn’t save what proved to be a box office bomb. But to be fair, there were some warning signs “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” would be a failure. One of these signs was the fact that it’s set on the moon. Okay, perhaps the studio heads thought the idea was bold and adventurous, but the final result—which saw Eddie Murphy running around the moon avoiding “lunar gangsters”—proved otherwise. It was a serious box office bomb, making only 7.1 million on a 100 million dollar budget.

#2: “Jack and Jill” (2011)

While WatchMojo voters did toss a large amount of votes behind Adam Sandler’s other thoroughly loathed films, “Pixels” and “Grown Ups,” by far the Sandler film that generates the most hatred is “Jack and Jill.” Critics and audiences seemed to think Sandler went out of his way to insult them this time, as he played not only the typical Sandler stereotype protagonist, Jack, but also threw on cheap makeup and a wig to play his female counterpart, Jill. Although there are multiple criticisms that can be hurled at this film, which somehow managed to make money, the real question that’s on everybody’s mind is, “how did Sandler drag Pacino into this?”

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable, or in this case, dishonorable, mentions.
- “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” (2005)
- “Blues Brothers 2000” (1998)
- “Stuart Saves His Family” (1995)

#1: “It’s Pat” (1994)

We’re sorry Julia Sweeney: you probably deserve better than this, but a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t lie. The story of Sweeney’s Pat Riley and Dave Foley’s Chris—both of whom are of indeterminate sex—meeting and falling in love just didn’t cut it. Neither fans nor critics found the film’s main gag—the androgynous aspect—funny in the slightest. “It’s Pat” only cost 8 million dollars to make, but the film didn’t come anywhere close to making back its budget, bringing in just over 60 thousand bucks! Of course, when you pull a movie from theaters after just one weekend, what do you expect?

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