Hops and Box Office Flops: STUART SAVES HIS FAMILY – In Need of an Intervention
Stuart Saves His Family is a textbook example of how not all sketches are meant to be made into films. If it’s not the worst Saturday Night Live adaptation, it’s certainly close.
Based on Daily Affirmation with Stuart Smalley, as well as an in-character novel by Al Franken (the movie’s star), the film never seems to understand what made Smalley work in the first place.
Worse, it’s not at all funny. It wraps him in a realistic world, full of realistic and often depressing family problems.
Couple that with a plot that meanders between his home life and his struggling work life and none of it equates to comedy gold. So, though Stuart Smalley may be good enough, smart enough, and, doggone it, people may like him, his movie sucks. It also made less than a $1 million, so we’re not alone in that thought.
So sit back, indulge in some self-reflection with a Liquid Truth Serum IPA from Dogfish Head Alehouse, and refrain from roofing while drunk! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. Cash, Chumpzilla, and Mayor McCheese are staring our inner demons down in the mirror!
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – For a comedy, this movie is awful bleak. (00:00)
- Lingering Questions – It’s been quite a while, but was this one bad enough to supplant Super Mario Bros. as the Shit Movie Champion? (50:53)
- The Smaller Family Trivia Night Challenge – Chumpzilla challenges the field to trivia about the movie. (1:12:27)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week, and next up in “Hops and Saturday Night Flops,” we’re putting on a concert with Wayne’s World 2! (1:22:31)