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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Five Great Movies from Saturday Night Live Alumni

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM


When long-time comedians decide to move on from Saturday Night Live, it seems they must be contractually obligated to attempt a film career, in much the same way 22-year-old starlets on Gossip Girls seem obligated to sing prefab pop and/or slut-rock songs on the side.

In many cases, this is a hit-or-miss affair: Some actors decide they want to be "taken seriously," nab a meaty role, and even get nominated for an Oscar; others star in a couple of movies filled with jokes about gigantism, Tourette's, and amputees and spend the rest of their careers walking down empty streets with only the echoes of their own dick jokes as company. Here are five of our favorite movies starring former SNL cast members that kick-started their crossovers, including guilty and genuine pleasures.

Old School starring Will Ferrell

In his films, at least, Will Ferrell has perfected the role of the big, awkward oaf who's basically harmless but kind of dopey. And because Americans are suckers for dopey oafs, Old School's Frank "the Tank" Ricard is a likable guy despite the fact that he's kind of a skeeze. The story centers on three thirtysomething dudes who say "meh, fuck it" to the idea of being responsible adults and decide to start a fraternity, leading Frank the Tank to get wasted and go streaking, get shot in the neck with a tranquilizer dart, and reveal to his wife in therapy that he regrets getting married because there might be really cool kinds of women's underwear out there he doesn't even know about yet. He's an insensitive jerk in such a way, though, that it can be dismissed as "really not knowing any better," a quality Ferrell has juiced of its essence and parlayed into a pretty damn successful movie career.

But he also starred in: Bewitched, the critically panned big-screen version of the 1960s television classic.

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