Some movies are clearly marketed as “dark” comedies, and you can sorta tell where they’re headed right off the bat. Then there’s the more lighthearted fare that sudden;y veers into “OH GOD” territory without any sort of warning! Rude! Here are five comedies that get real dark. (But beware — spoilers ensue.)
Kevin Smith’s religious comedy had a lot of things, including a monster made of human feces. What many people didn’t expect was a violent apocalypse at the end of the film, carried out by an angel portrayed by Ben Affleck. Spoiler alert, things manage to escalate even more from there when God (played by Alanis Morisette) speaks and makes the dude’s head explode. And no, that wasn’t just a weird ’90s-themed Mad Lib — it’s a for real scene in a movie that for real happened.
Little Miss Sunshine
Sure, Little Miss Sunshine ends in a delightfully wacky family dance to the tune of Rick James’ “Superfreak”, but let’s not forget that we had to go through a drug-addled grandfather dying and a suicide attempt or two to get there. But by all means, everyone, shake your butts in a hilariously inappropriate climax.
We all know and love Rainn Wilson as the neurotic Dwight from The Office, just like we loved him as a down-on-his-luck shlub in Super… until he literally cracks someone’s skull open with a wrench for shamelessly cutting in line. SPOILERS FOLLOW. His sidekick, Boltie, doesn’t fare much better, as she gets her face obliterated by a gunshot. And yet it somehow still wasn’t darker than Christopher Nolan’s Batman flicks. Can we at least get some POW!s and KABLAM!s? I’m getting seriously depressed by my whimsical superheroes.
This Is The End
This Is The End is a great comedy, but it still features a terrifying armageddon, a murderous post-apocalyptic landscape and, well, the end of the world. EVERYONE is dead. You. Me. The Backstreet Boys. Everyone. Even if they’re dancing in heaven, that’s a bit bleak.
The Cable Guy
Jim Carrey followed up a gigantic career breakthrough in which he literally spoke out of his butthole with a sinister comedy about a lonely cable guy so hell-bent on gaining friends, he takes over their entire lives. There was even a terrifying nightmare sequence where, for whatever reason, his character Chip had horrifying green eyes. But, uh, at least he had a wacky lisp, right? It’s basically proven that speech impediments relieve any sort of stalker-ish behavior.
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