It's easy to overlook as just another big-budget family picture, but with a script by The State's Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon and an amazing all-star cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, and Dick Van Dyke, it's a lot better than it has to be.
In order to secure his role as Theodore Roosevelt, Robin Williams allegedly killed and ate Brian Cox, just as Teddy did with political rival Mark Hanna to secure the Republican Party nomination in 1904. Also Underrated: Mystery Men, The Zero EffectKey Scene: "Monkey Slap-Fight"
Overrated Madagascar (2005)
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, and Sasha Baron Cohen in a movie together? Sounds great! What? It's a computer-animated kid-flick about zoo animals trying to get to the wild and learning a lesson about themselves in the process? Well, okay, I guess it could-oh, David Schwimmer's in it? Yeah, we'll pass.
Even with a few sharp adult-oriented gags-like a parody of American Beauty with a lion instead of a cheerleader-watching this one's a lot like trying to make it through the Paris Hilton sex tape. It's fun for a while, but eventually, you're going to want something a little smarter.
None of the animals featured as the four main characters of this movie-lions, zebras, giraffes, or hippos-are actually housed in the Central Park Zoo. The whole thing where they talk to each other and have wacky misadventures, though? Yeah, that totally happens.
How exactly a movie that hammers the same joke into the ground for 104 minutes got to be one of Stiller's most successful is a mystery, but the fact that somebody thought it provided enough material for a sequel? That boggles the mind.
As pictured in the movie, a Tom Collins is made with two parts gin, one part lemon juice, a dash of sugar and chilled soda water to taste. Knock back eight or nine of those bad boys, and suddenly a cat using a toilet gets a lot funnier. Also Overrated: Flirting With Disaster, Reality Bites
Total Shit Along Came Polly (2004)
Hey, you know what we REALLY needed? Another meet-cute RomCom with a goofy comedian phoning it in opposite a cast member from Friends! That sure sounds necessary!
As one of the four million uptight-guy/free-spirit girl romantic comedies released in the past ten years, Along Came Polly will make you long for the comparatively subtle wit of Dharma and Greg.
Mistakenly labeled a comedy due to the presence of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the utter lack of originality and humor in this one may actually make it the most depressing movie since the Zapruder film.
Jack Black gets unbelievably rich inventing an aerosol spray that instantly dissolves dog shit, Ben Stiller accidentally kills a horse with a bow and arrow, and Christopher Walken, of course, is "The J-Man." So essentially, this is the longest SNL sketch ever produced.
With some of the funniest people in Hollywood behind it, Envy might not be as bad as its reputation would lead you to believe, but it's pretty much the definition of wasted potential
Jack Black publicly apologized for Envy at the Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, his work in 2001's Shallow Hal goes unpunished. Where's your justice now, Hollywood?
Also Total Crap: Keeping the Faith, Meet the Fockers