This is ’90s grungy excess at its absolute worst — though it’s funny to see a doing-a-favor Ben Stiller and just-starting-out J. Abrams in supporting roles — and Ferrell is completely wasted in a test run for his skit-to-movie translations — and that really is saying a lot — Ferrell bobs his head a lot and mostly plays second fiddle to Chris Kattan, something that would never, ever happen again.This isn’t even the right kind of Dumb-Guy Ferrell role: Even the best, most-dunderheaded Ferrell characters deep down know they’re awkward goofs and just want someone to understand them. You’re better off just forgetting Ferrell was in this. is he totally devoid of charm: Even paired up with Danny Mc Bride’s survivalist weirdo, his dull-scientist character never really sparks to life.Ferrell can barely be roused from his slumber; he seems exhausted and depressed, and it’s sort of hard to blame him. (1999) In case you forgot, the mid-to-late-’90s film featured a series of floppy-haired, dopey white nerds writing and starring in self-aggrandizing, amateurish, winsome “indie comedies” about how difficult it is for winsome, dopey white nerds to find love.What if you threw an improv-comedy movie but no one bothered to show up? partner Donal Lardner Ward wrote and directed this DOA “comedy” about an ’80s band (led by Ward, featuring Ferrell as the bassist) that gets back together when a rock-label seductress (Jennifer Love Hewitt, naturally) puts them on a reality show.
This means there’s a trove of Ferrell movies to dig through and rank. Now, to properly rank Ferrell movies, we had to put down some ground rules: No movies in which Ferrell is only a voice actor — this excludes films to feature Ferrell, though there’s an aspect of that; it’s more a ranking of the films by their maximizing of Ferrell’s essence.This practice is less acceptable than in its pre-“Netflix-‘n’-chill,” DVD era heyday, when your viewing choices were limited to whatever shiny discs you had on hand.It’s hard to justify watching a film you’ve seen multiple times before now that the entirety of cinematic history (more or less) is accessible from your Apple TV. Yet the question remains: What’s the ideal date night movie?Which movie best captures the Will Ferrell Experience?As always, this list is purely scientific and unassailable. (2017) Has Ferrell ever looked this dispirited and listless?I'll be eternally tweaking it, so if you have any corrections, feel free to drop me a line.