I haven't seen every movie of 2005 and need to catch up before I compile my own year-end top-ten list. But I know, no matter how many more movies I see, none of them will be as bad as the one that takes the cake as worst of the year: The Aristocrats.
For those of you not familiar, The Aristocrats is a documentary made by Penn Jillete (the one who actually talks in the comedy act Penn & Teller) and Paul Provenza. They interview more than 100 comedians to put their spin on one of the oldest, dirtiest jokes. The basic set-up for the joke is this: A family walks into a talent agent's office and claim they have a great show. The talent agent says he doesn't book family acts, but tells them to show him what they can do anyway.
This is where the comedian telling the joke gets to improvise. They can make the family's act whatever they want, and it usually involves sex, feces, incest, violence, all sorts of bodily fluids and basically whatever is the grossest thing the comedian can think of.
When the family is done, the talent agent sits in stunned silence, then says, "That's a hell of an act. What do you call yourselves?" The father replies, "The Aristocrats!"
So the actual punchline isn't really the punchline at all. It's the build-up to the punchline that's the funny part.
I was so excited to see this movie. There wasn't a single bad review from anyone. Not one single critic had a major problem with the movie. Some admitted that not every comic nailed it, but most reviews were basically licking the movie's ass, some even claiming it was the funniest movie they'd ever seen. So maybe the film got a little too hyped up and thus, my standards may have been too high.
So I saw the film with a friend and we sat there in a silent movie theater, chuckling maybe twice (which is two times more than everyone else in the audience). When the lights came up, we looked at each other had the same expression on our faces: "Um, is that it?"