16 Failed Attempts to Make A Hilarious SNL Movie

It’s possible to make a fresh, funny SNL movie -- see Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World -- but Lorne’s batting average is Hall-of-Fame-level lousy.  Here are 16 times that SNL swung and missed at the movies. 

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BLUES BROTHERS 2000 WRECKED 104 CARS THAT WAS ONE MORE THAN THE 103 TOTALED IN THE ORIGINAL. BOTH JOHN LANDIS AND DAN ACKROYD HATED THE SCRIPT, WHICH MAKES YOU WONDER HOW THIS CAR WRECK GOT MADE IN THE FIRST PLACE. BB 2000 LANDED AT #8 ON ONE LIST OF

Entertainment Weekly

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NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY WAS FULL OF BACKSTAGE INTRIGUE CRACKEDCO WILL FERRELL ENDED HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH CHRIS KATTAN AFTER HIS ALLEGED ON-SET AFFAIR WITH DIRECTOR AMY HECKERLING. KATTAN CLAIMS LORNE FORCED HIM TO SLEEP WITH HECKERLING, WHICH SHE DENIES. IF ONLY THE MOVIE WAS HALF THIS INTERESTING.

IndieWire

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WAYNE'S WORLD 2 IS NOT WORTHY THE WORST MIKE MYERS MOVIES ARE GOOD FOR A FEW LAUGHS. BUT WAYNES WORLD 2 TRIES TOO HARD TO RECREATE BEATS FROM THE ORIGINAL RATHER THAN PARTY ON TO NEW BITS. STILL A STEP UP FROM THOSE CREEPY UBER EATS COMMERCIALS.

Eater

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SUPERSTAR SNIFFS ITS CINEMATIC ARMPITS SUPERSTAR WAS MORE PROMISING THAN OTHER 9O0S-ERASNL MOVIES BECAUSE MARY KATHERINE GALLAGHER SEEMED LIKE A REAL (THOUGH PROFOUNDLY WEIRD) PERSON. THE MOVIE FALLS FLAT EXCEPT FOR THE SCENES WHERE SHE GETS BUSY WITH TREES.

New York Times

12

THE SUPERFANS HAD POLISH SAUSAGE LODGED IN ITS HEART UNPRODUCED B CICLGO 3 CHRIS FARLEY'S MOVIE CAREER TOOK OFF JUST AS THE SUPERFANS MOVIE WAS BEING DEVELOPED. WHEN IT NO LONGER MADE SENSE FOR FARLEY TO DO AN ENSEMBLE PIECE, DA MOVIE WAS DOOMED. POUR ONE OUT FOR THE

The Ringer

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AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO WOULD HAVE BEEN LIVE-ACTION UNPRODUCED G CRACKED.COM SCREENWRITERS BOB SMIGEL AND STEPHEN COLBERT HAD NO INTEREST IN A MOVIE UNTIL THEY IMAGINED IT WITH REAL ACTORS. A FILM WITH VOICE ACTORS STEVE CARELL AND COLBERT DIDN'T HAPPEN, BUT A LIVE SKETCH WITH JON HAMM AND JIMMY FALLON

AV Club

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IT'S PAT THE MOVIE HASN'T AGED WELL CRAGKEDCOM AND THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING CONSIDERING IT WAS REVILED BACK IN THE DAY. PAT WAS ALWAYS UNLIKEABLE AND OBNOXIOUS, MAKING THE ANDROGYNOUS CHARACTER AN UNLIKELY MOVIE LEAD. ADD THE TONE-DEAF GENDER TAKE AND YOU GET ALL-TIME TERRIBLE.

AV Club

9

THE LADIES MAN GOES DOWN LIKE BAD COURVOISIER CRAGKEDCOM TIM MEADOWS SEEMS LIKE A NICE GUY.

Patch

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CONEHEADS WAS EIGHTEEN YEARS TOO LATE al's RELEASING A CONEHEADS MOVIE IN 1993 WOULD BE LIKE MAKING 'LAZY SUNDAY' INTO A FEATURE TODAY. SURE, WE'D BE CURIOUS, BUT THE MOMENT SEEMS TO HAVE COME AND GONE. THE ESSENTIALJOKE- THEY HAVE CONES FOR HEADS- -DOESN'T HOLD LAUGHS FOR 90 MINUTES.

Baltimore Sun

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THE SNLMOVIE NEVER GOT PAST THE SCRIPT STAGE UNPRODUCED IN 1990, SNL WRITERS PENNED A SCREENPLAY FOR A 90-MINUTE FILM FEATURING CAST MEMBERS IN COMEDY SKETCHES, INCLUDING DANA CARVEY AS BUSH. MAYBE IT NEVER GOT MADE BECAUSE IT'S ON EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT FOR FREE?

Film Buff Online

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MACGRUBER HAS A STALK OF CELERY UP HIS *SS CRACKEDCO MANY SNL MOVIES SUFFER FROM A LAZY LACK OF AMBITION. MACRUBER ISN'T ONE OF THEM. IT SHOOTS FOR 'OVER THE TOP' AND GETS THERE WITH WEIRD SEX, EVERY MANNER OF EXCREMENT, AND MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS. BUT A MESS IS STILL A

Rolling Stone

5

HANS E FRANZ GOT BOMBED BY 'LAST ACTION HERO' UNPRODUCED CRACKED COM 'THE GIRLY-MAN DILEMMA' WOULD HAVE CO-STARRED ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGERAS HIMSELF. WHEN HIS 'LAST ACTION HERO' TANKED, ARNOLD GOT COLD FEET AND PULLED OUT, KILLING THE PROJECT. KEVIN NEALON DESERVED BETTER.

Vulture

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STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY NEEDED BOX OFFICE THERAPY CRACKEDC HAROLD (GROUNDHOG DAY) RAMIS IS ON HAND TO MAKE STUART BETTER THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT. CRITIC ROGER EBERT FOUND IT GOOD ENOUGH AND SMART ENOUGH, BUT DOGGONE IT, MOVIE VIEWERS DIDN'T LIKE IT, FAILING TO EARN EVEN ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

Roger Ebert

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EX-PRESIDENTS WAS WRITTEN ON SPEC UNPRODUCED ROBERT (TV FUNHOUSE) SMIGEL AND ADAM (ANCHORMAN) MCKAY HAD A BLAST WRITING AN EX-PRESIDENTS SCREENPLAY, HOPING TO PRODUCE IT FOR CHEAP. WHEN THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN, SMIGEL TURNED THE SCRIPT INTO A GRAPHIC NOVEL.

AV Club, Amazon

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DIETER LAUNCHED MASSIVE LAWSUITS UNPRODUCED CRAGKEDCOM MYERS HATED HIS OWN (FUNNY!) SCREENPLAY, SO HE BACKED OUT OF THE SPROCKETS MOVIE. UNIVERSAL SUED MYERS FOR $5 MILLION, THEN IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT SUED FOR $30 MILLION. MYERS COUNTERSUED AND LONG STORY SHORT, WE WERE PUNISHED WITH 'THE CAT IN THE HAT'.

Looper

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COFFEE TALK WAS NOT A MOVIE, DISCUSS UNPRODUCED BUT IT WAS A SCREENPLAY AT ONE POINT. MIKE MYERS (WHO MUST HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A DOZEN OF 'EM) WAS DEVELOPING A SCRIPT, BUT THE PROJECT WAS AXED AFTER THE JOYLESS FAILURE OF OTHER MID-90S SNL FILMS. NO BIG WHOOP.

New York Magazine