Some of the best comedy provocatively pushes the envelope, and when done well, it can allow us to not take life too seriously. But sometimes it can go really wrong, and feel less like a keen observation and more just mean-spirited. There is a thin line that certain comedic movies walk between hilarious and offensive. As Tropic Thunder, with all its controversies, hits the theaters, I was reminded of other comedies in recent years that were met with some protest. Controversy doesn't always affect ticket sales, though sometimes over-the-line comedy seems to influence the way a movie is received. To see some examples, just hit "Start."
Here's a tip for getting a movie or TV show made in Hollywood these days: Name a main character Chuck. Two movies and a series have "Chuck" in their title; three more have Chucks in key roles. Can't tell Chuck Bartowski from Chuck Bass? Check out this guide:
|Name||Chuck Charles||Chuck Levine||Chuck Bartowski||Chuck Darling||Chuck Logan||Chuck Bass|
|Affiliation||"Pushing Daisies"||I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry||"Chuck"||"Back to You"||Good Luck Chuck||"Gossip Girl"|
|Played by||Anna Friel||Adam Sandler||Zachary Levi||Kelsey Grammer||Dane Cook||Ed Westwick|
|Identifying feature||Is brought back to life by show's main character||Tries to "marry" his firefighting partner for pension purposes||Has spy secrets downloaded into his brain||Fell from grace after cuss-filled tirade on TV||Is the guy girls sleep with before meeting their true love||Is a womanizer who tries to take advantage of drunk girls|