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A Definitive Ranking of Every SNL Movie From Worst to Best

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Lorne Michaels’ long-running TV empire has launched the careers of dozens of comedians, but its efforts to branch out into theaters have been… uneven, at best. Here’s the official, inarguable rundown of SNL movies, from worst to best.

11. A Night at the Roxbury

Not only is this the absolute worst of the SNL films, it lands pretty solidly on a list of the absolute worst films of all time, period. Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan star as infuriating recurring characters Steve and Doug Butabi, two Yemeni-American club kids who mug through a number of ludicrous situations involving the L.A. nightclub scene. This movie is painful to watch and thankfully murdered Chris Kattan’s career while leaving Will Ferrell relatively unscathed.


10. Blues Brothers 2000

Making a sequel to one of the greatest comedies of all time (more on that later) is generally a bad idea, especially if one of the stars of the first movie is dead. The odious Blues Brothers 2000 suffers from the absence of John Belushi, and adding a wisecracking 10-year-old orphan doesn’t help matters at all. Some solid music on the soundtrack can’t redeem this one.


9. It’s Pat

Probably the most polarizing movie in the SNL canon, you either love It’s Pat or it makes you want to kill somebody. (It scores the rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.) Julia Sweeney’s bizarrely androgynous character was tough to deal with in five minute segments, but that cringe-inducing humor actually becomes more affecting in a feature film. Fun fact: Quentin Tarantino did some uncredited work on the script.


8. The Ladies Man

The late ’90s were the nadir of Saturday Night Live spin-off movies, as Lorne Michaels desperately tried to catch lightning in a bottle again following the success of Wayne’s World. It all ended with 2000’s The Ladies Man, starring Tim Meadows as radio lothario Leon Phelps. Directed by Reginald Hudlin (who deserves much better), the end result is a chore to get through.


7. Stuart Saves His Family

Al Franken’s Stuart Smalley was a character born for TV – a relentlessly cheerful motivational speaker with a tenuous connection to reality. As the anchor for a feature film, he just doesn’t work. The box-office bomb earned under a million bucks in theaters, and was one of late director Harold Ramis’ few flops.


6. Superstar

The thing with Saturday Night Live characters is that many of them are based on annoyance or all-out revulsion, and that’s hard to hang a movie script on. One that pulled it off was 1999’s Superstar, starring Molly Shannon as armpit-huffing Catholic schoolgirl with dreams of fame Mary Katherine Gallagher. (Will Ferrell’s turn as Sky Corrigan definitely helps.) The character’s just weird enough to work, and the supporting cast (including Ferrell, Tom Green, and Mark McKinney) is pretty solid.


5. Wayne’s World 2

After the huge success of the first Wayne’s World movie, Paramount wanted to go back to the well right away with a sequel. Unfortunately, it missed a lot of the things that made the original successful and tried to make up for it with lots and lots of celebrity cameos – Heather Locklear! Jay Leno! Aerosmith! Rip Taylor?


4. Coneheads

Most of the movies based on SNL sketches have been roughly contemporaneous, but Coneheads is the bizarre exception. The first Coneheads bit aired in 1977 and the movie came out sixteen years later. That said, it’s a fairly solid take on the franchise, with alien family Beldar, Prymaat and Connie dealing with life in suburban New Jersey.


3. MacGruber

Will Forte’s TV action star character is an obvious parody of MacGyver, but it’s a broad enough concept that it works stretched out to an hour and a half. This is probably the most lowbrow of any SNL movie to date, with lots and lots of toilet humor, but it’s charming in its own way.


2. The Blues Brothers

The first film based on recurring SNL characters is still one of the greatest. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi so perfectly inhabited the black suits of Jake and Elwood Blues that they’re inseparable from the characters, and the car chase scene is one of Hollywood’s most iconic. Throw in hot as fire performances from James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles and you’ve got a true American classic.

Click here to see all showings of The Blues Brothers on IFC.


1. Wayne’s World

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey took a classic SNL setup – two losers doing a local access TV show – and built an entire weird world around it as Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar. Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization) was the perfect director to take the duo to the big screen, and it remains the highest-grossing of any of the Saturday Night Live films theatrically. A still quoted classic, it’s the gold standard that all future SNL films are held up to. Oh, and it also has Tia Carrere at the height of her smoking babeness. Schwing!

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Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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