What Are Your Choices for Worst Comedy Films Of All Time?

JunkMonkey

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Mulligan was from a period when absurdism (I think this a more accurate description than surrealism) was at its height in British comedy. Marty Feldman, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers were masters of the art. Don't look for hidden meaning in their style of comedy because it (usually) wasn't there.

Bed Sitting Room is an example of what it must have been like to live inside Spike Milligan's head. Personally it was just too bizarre for my tastes.

I grew up listening to LPs of some of the Goon Shows [insert usual usual monologue about pre-internet availability of 'old stuff' here] and can practically recite episode like Tales Of Old Dartmoor and Dishonoured I listened to them so often:

"I struck out for the shore for ten miles I swam, the last 3 were agony ... they were over land... Finally I fell in a heap on the ground. I've no idea who left it there." etc.

Many of the lines from them have become family hand-me-down sayings:

"Oh.... the end fell off."
and
"Hold out your wallet and repeat after me: help yourself!"

I was quite at home in The Bed Sitting Room.
 

BAYLOR

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Mulligan was from a period when absurdism (I think this a more accurate description than surrealism) was at its height in British comedy. Marty Feldman, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers were masters of the art. Don't look for hidden meaning in their style of comedy because it (usually) wasn't there.

Bed Sitting Room is an example of what it must have been like to live inside Spike Milligan's head. Personally it was just too bizarre for my tastes.

It was a very bizarre film.
 

paranoid marvin

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It was a very bizarre film.

Quite how it got an American company to make it I do not know. It bombed at the box office in the UK; goodness knows how badly it would have done in the US.

It's not a bad movie; I believe it sets out to achieve exactly what it does achieve. It allowed the likes of Milligan, Feldman, Cook, Moore etc full range of their crazy sides.

It's a bit like the anarchy of Holy Grail and Life of Brian, but without the steadying hand of Terry Jones
 

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Quite how it got an American company to make it I do not know. It bombed at the box office in the UK; goodness knows how badly it would have done in the US.

It's not a bad movie; I believe it sets out to achieve exactly what it does achieve. It allowed the likes of Milligan, Feldman, Cook, Moore etc full range of their crazy sides.

It's a bit like the anarchy of Holy Grail and Life of Brian, but without the steadying hand of Terry Jones

Thought it never appeared on any movie of the week timsslots in the US. I can remember it being shown on local television in the mid 1970's and watching it there.:unsure::(
 

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