These movies had us right where they wanted us. We were laughing it up, and actually really invested in the world they built for us. Then… It happened. This one moment that made our faces scrunch up, our stomachs churn, and our belief suspended. Sometimes we could shake it off and get right back into the movie, but sometimes it was so off putting that they never got us back.
Comedies (especially already raunchy comedies) want to grab us by crossing the line here and there. Most great comedies can do this seamlessly, and we love them even more for it. The marionette sex scene in Team America: World Police is a perfect example. It’s gratuitous and unnecessary to the plot, but it somehow works, and we all look back on it fondly. These scenes though… You can just tell they were going for that effect, but they felt glaringly out of place. Here are 15 off putting moments in otherwise great (or what could have been great) comedies.
The Sausage Party orgy was a failed attempt at Team America’s sex scene.
American Pie 2 sacrificed story for gross gags.
Meet the Parents writers must’ve used Greg as a mouthpiece for their airline bits.
Ace Ventura’s entire plot was one big trans joke.
Kevin Smith just had to go further than the porn itself.
Brick killed a guy.
As far as gross-out college pranks, Van Wilder takes the pastry.
The Simpsons Movie exposes Bart.
Sandra Bullock just cuts into some guy's throat for a piece of pancake.
Ace Ventura is birthed from a fake rhino.
Dan Akroyd’s ghost fantasy.
Jessica gives Robbie her nude photos.
Healy’s story about “those goofy bastards” is shockingly crude.
John Belushi’s improv was nauseating.
The Spy Who Shagged Me couldn’t stoop lower in easy shock value.