10 Disappointing Movie Comedy Teams

Nestled among this week’s new theatrical releases is The Big Year, a rather syrupy looking Bucket List riff co-starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. Let’s be clear: we have not yet seen it. But we’re not holding out much hope for a movie that puts those three guys together and cannot find one single laugh to put in a trailer.

How could you combine three men as (granted, not always reliably) funny as these and not come up with a laugh riot? Quite easily, turns out. The recent cinema is all but littered with pictures that teamed up established comedic talents and thus sounded like sure-fire crowd pleasers, but which ended up tickling the funny bones of neither critics nor moviegoers. After the jump, we’ll run down ten comic combinations that misfired.

Father’s Day
THE MATCH-UP: Robin Williams and Billy Crystal
APART, THEY MADE: Good Morning Vietnam, The Fisher King, The Birdcage; When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Throw Momma From the Train
TOGETHER, THEY MADE: “the disquieting sensation not of seeing two funny men but of watching two comedians from a distant age go through the motions of what they, all evidence to the contrary, still believe to be funny.” –Owen Gleberman, Entertainment Weekly
BY THE WAY: Though Williams and Crystal had co-hosted several “Comic Relief” benefits, they never appeared in a movie together — until 1997, when they did three: this one, Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, and Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. But Father’s Day was the only one where they shared scenes. (And it was the only one that was terrible.)