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Sunday, 12 January 2014

The 10 Unfunniest ‘Comedies’ Nominated for Golden Globes

Golden Globes Comedies

What you've gotta respect about the Golden Globes: They recognize comedy, a genre the Oscars ignores with infuriating regularity.

What you've gotta question about the Golden Globes: How exactly they define the term "comedy.

" It's easy to define a musical – which is why seemingly every musical pumped out of Hollywood makes the cut in the Globes' Best Picture – Musical or Comedy category. This year's slate – which includes the quasi-comedies "American Hustle," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Her" and "Nebraska" (as well as the quasi-musical "Inside Llewyn Davis") isn't so bad (in fact the quintet as a whole might be stronger than the Drama category).

But some of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's choices for non-musicals in the category have been downright dubious in recent years.

the prevalent theory is the HFPA will shoehorn star-studded non-comedies or musicals into this category to get more big-name celebrities to come to their party.

Here are some of the very unfunniest to get nods recently, which at the very least prove one thing: They think Johnny Depp is hilarious.

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10. "Chocolat" (2000)
You Call This Funny? A woman (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter hawk chocolate in a small French village during Lent; Johnny Depp shows up as a sexy gypsy. (All the talk of "Chocolat" in "I Love You Man," now that was funny.)
What Comedies They Got Right That Year: "Best in Show," "O Brother Where Art Thou?," "Chicken Run"
What Comedies They Missed: "Meet the Parents," "High Fidelity"
9. "My Week With Marilyn" (2011)
You Call This Funny? A dude (Eddie Redmaybe) recounts that time he almost made love to a very emotionally damaged Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams).
What Comedies They Got Right That Year: "The Artist," "Bridesmaids," "50/50," "Midnight in Paris" (aside from "Marilyn," a pretty spot-on year)
What Comedies They Missed: "Horrible Bosses," "The Muppets"
8. "Nicholas Nickleby" (2002)
You Call This Funny? A young man must tend to his mother and sister after his father kicks the can.
What Comedies They Got Right That Year: "Adaptation," "About a Boy"
What Comedies They Missed: Pretty slim pickings that year, though there was "Jackass: The Movie" and "Super Troopers"
Alice in Wonderland
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7. "Alice in Wonderland" (2010)
You Call This Funny? Johnny Depp terrifies children as a hyperactive, schizophrenic, Madonna-resembling tea addict.
What Comedies They Got Right That Year: "The Kids Are All Right," which is also a drama
What Comedies They Missed: "Get Him to the Greek," "The Other Guys," "Easy A," "Hot Tub Time Machine"
6. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" (2012)
You Call This Funny? Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor go … salmon fishing in the Yemen.
What Comedies They Got Right: "Moonrise Kingdom," "Silver Linings Playbook"
What Comedies They Missed: "21 Jump Street," "Ted," "The Five-Year Engagement"

5. "Pride & Prejudice" (2005)
You Call This Funny? Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) can't be with the man she loves because her family's not wealthy enough.
What Comedies They Got Right: "The Squid and the Whale"
What Comedies They Missed: "The 40-Year Old Virgin," "Wedding Crashers"
4. "The Tourist" (2010)
You Call This Funny? Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie drive cars, ride boats and get shot at a lot.
What Comedies They Got Right: "The Kids Are All Right," which again is also a drama
What Comedies They Missed: Pretty much everything else released that year was funnier than "The Tourist."
3. "Patch Adams" (1998) 
You Call This Funny? This one was in fact intended to be a comedy.
What Comedies They Got Right: "There's Something About Mary"
What Comedies They Missed: "The Big Lebowski," "Rushmore," "The Wedding Singer," "Half Baked"
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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2. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
You Call This Funny? A relationship goes so wrong that the couple (Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet) resorts to having all memories of each other surgically erased.
What Comedies They Got Right: "Sideways," "The Incredibles"
What Comedies They Missed: "Anchorman," "Mean Girls," "Napoleon Dynamite," "The Life Aquatic"
1. "Ghost" (1990)
You Call This Funny? A woman's husband dies too soon.
What Comedies They Got Right: "Home Alone," "Pretty Woman"
What Comedies They Missed: Okay, so it wasn't a great year for comedy, unless you consider "Nuns on the Run," "Problem Child" and "Ernest Goes to Jail" great comedy. "Kindergarten Cop"?

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