God, don’t you just want to punch his stupid face?
Sorry about the lull in posts lately. It’s been a busy couple weeks. But now I’m back and, thanks to a profoundly unpleasant Saturday Night Live last week, I have a brand new bone to pick.
Like anybody who grew up in the ’90s, the child version of me loved Jim Carrey. The Mask, Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber et al. were strong young-adult films, even if they were weirdly sexual for grammar-school-reading-level movies.
As we’ve all gotten older, we’ve watched Jim Carrey skip back and forth from the occasional why-won’t-somebody-nominate-me-for-an-Oscar indie movies to the seemingly endless series of grotesque 90-minute fart jokes (The Number 23 fits into neither category because society has no place for it).
I can’t quite explain what bugs me about the guy. I don’t think it’s because he’s Canadian. Lots of people come from Canada and go on to lead successful, productive, non-annoying lives.
It’s not that he’s untalented - I legitimately enjoyed him in Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine, although there are like 5 major actors who would have done a better job in either movie — looking at you, Sam Rockwell.
I think it’s that he reminds me of those loud, self-conscious class clowns we all knew in middle school. I think the problem is that, unlike other class clowns, he never had anybody shame him about how annoying he is. Not only that, the stupid ’90s decided to give him millions of dollars reinforcing his painfully affected douchbaggery. He’s like 80% affectation, 5% stretchy face and 10% disgusting wealth.
To call him a caricature of a comic actor would be an insult to genuine caricatures like Paul Reubens.
I call your attention to the most recent trainwreck Saturday Night Live, where he managed to make every sketch uncomfortable, without even a token attempt at wit or comedy (a throwback to the dark periods of SNL in the mid ’90s). Even a fart joke would have been better than that awkward pap.
Who let this happen? Who?
What business does Jim Carrey have hosting SNL these days anyway? What was the last real movie he did? Yes Man? Don’t get me started on that pile of steaming formulaic studio vomit. HE ALWAYS SAYS YES. HOW HILARIOUS.
And he hosted SNL after Jeff Bridges. The Academy-Award-winning, once-in-a-generation talent, father-of-millions Jeff Bridges. That’s the kind of person you want hosting SNL. What’s the last award stupid Jim Carrey got? Maybe a Kids Choice nomination in ‘96? C’mon Jim, go do a balloon animal show or something.
Sometimes movie careers fizzle, man. You don’t need to take it out on people who want to watch something funny on Hulu, ok?
I’m glad we could have this talk. Sorry I called you annoying.
But it’s true.