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Love crappy movies but are too ashamed to admit it? Are you a big Rob Schneider fan but you're tired of being burned? Not sure if you want to waste your money on the same old movie? That's why you have Joe.

Joe Loves Crappy Movies is by Joseph Dunn. Joe willingly goes to see the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Whenever a crappy movie comes out Joe will be there to see it, make fun of it, and actually review it. Nothing is safe, and nothing is sacred. From the big budget action disasters to the low brow fart based comedies, to anything starring Martin Lawrence? Joe will tear it apart.

With each entry you'll get not only a comic poking fun at the movie, but also a detailed review. Joe's not educated in film or cinematography or acting, he's just a guy that draws comics and likes movies. So if you're looking for the everyman perspective and a little joke in comic form... you're in the right place.

I Love You, Man

Starring: Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, Jason Segel, Sarah Burns, Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau, Jane Curtin, J.K. Simmons, Andy Samberg

Directed by: John Hamburg

Dreamworks Pictures

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Terms like “Bromance” and “Man Date” are not things we need. They’re the kind of pop culture buzz words like “Preggers” or “Seacrest” that will make historians from the future think we were either mentality handicapped or too lazy to pronounce two words at once. I Love You Man, the new film starring Paul Rudd as a man who has always had trouble finding guy friends and is now searching for a potential Best Man for his wedding party, doesn’t actively promote these low points of pop slang but it has certainly inspired the Internet and E! Channel to put them into heavy rotation.

Even in its perpetuation of grammatical nonsense, ILYM has a few nice things going for it. Primarily that its cast is irresistible. Rudd, as Peter the adorably awkward groom-to-be, is hilarious and genuine in his search for a bro-mate (See? I can make up cool-sounding words that mean nothing too.) After years of being the go-to comedy wingman in films like Anchorman, The 40 Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Rudd has proven with ILYM and last fall’s hit Role Models, that he can be a loveable goof worth rooting for, even through a montage of uncomfortable man dates that includes him throwing up at a poker party and accidentally open-mouth kissing some guy his mom introduced him to. This introduced the theme of awkwardness that I wasn’t sure the movie could overcome. I’m also not sure how you ACCIDENTALLY open mouth kiss anything.

I don’t always do so well will films like this where awkwardness is embraced and played for laughs. I understand why it’s funny but have trouble getting past laughing at someone else’s expense, even if that someone else is a fictional character. On TV in something like The Office or Curb Your Enthusiasm it’s easier to laugh along with the awkwardness because you’ve accepted this as the characters plight in life. They are destine to do stupid things and to be made to look foolish and because we’ve had four to five seasons to get used to that concept, it takes a little of the sting out of the situation and allows us to laugh along. This is a far harder thing to achieve in 90 minutes on the big screen.

There’s a hope that the awkwardness would end after Peter finds his Best Man Sydney (Jason Segel). But their bizarre bond over 70s rock and an uninhibited lifestyle creates a new sense of awkwardness when it causes a rift between Peter and his future bride, Zooey (Rashida Jones). Jones isn’t given much to do but it’s fantastic to see her up on the big screen. It's only matter of time before America falls in love with her freckled nose, casts her in every girlfriend role Hollywood offers, sends the paparazzi after her, rejects her when she branches out and tries something different, acts poorly when she marries some writer or camera man that we've never heard of before, realizes that "she does things too!" in the pages of US Weekly, makes fun of her ugly babies, roots for her comeback and celebrates here all over again. … It’s just a matter of time.

While awkwardness abounds ILYM remains consistently funny, crude, and clever. Segel and Rudd are like buddy cops without the guns or enthusiasm. Watching them fall in manlove with each other should stir up all kinds of jealousy in the audience as the guys long for this kinds of snappy man-banter and the women watch their dates man-crush on a couple of mimbos. (Okay - I’m done with the man-slang.) The real chemistry on screen helps the laughs feed off the awkwardness and by the time the Incredible Hulk shows up (it’s less crazy than it sounds) you’re on board for whatever uncomfortable situation this movie is ready to throw your way.

Rating: 7 out of 10 - I Love You, Man will live in the shadows of better comedies but even with all its struggles it is still good fun. Definitely worth checking out while it’s still in theaters.

I could live without this on DVD though I am curious how well it will play in repeat viewings and what kind of extra features they’ll jam on there. Both things that can be accomplished with a rental.

I wasn’t so sure about this joke at first. Maybe I was just a little afraid that my mind went there so fast or that as soon as I came up with the phrase, “I would bang Morgan Freeman so hard that…” that I knew I had something. I knew from there that the joke would write itself. Still… kind of a creepy joke. No more or less creepy than an Alien face-stabbing (is that hyphenated?) the Grimace or Me screaming “Adorable” at a pack of kittens I suppose.

The joke did pretty much write itself after that. In fact I wish I had about 6 more panels to include more instances of how hard Morgan Freeman would get banged. I even went to the members section of the DPO boards where I previewed the comic earlier this afternoon and invited the members to coin their own version. Please feel free to add your own. I would pick a favorite but they seem to get progressively more and more disturbing as the page goes down and this page already has enough “disturbing” on its own.

Sketches for the JLCM book are going well. Trying my hardest to update the comics regularly and churn these bad boys out. You guys are crazy though. So may really cool ideas. Here are a few from the pack I did today:

So the thing about the sketches is this: I’ll draw whatever you want. I’m at a point where I’m so grateful to anyone that buys the book that I’m willing to put forward the extra effort. The only thing I ask of you is a little patience with some of the more complicated ones. For instance, If I’m sitting at my computer late at night and I decide to do one last one before heading off to bed, chances are I’m going to do the one of Picard giving the thumbs up over the one requesting the Fellowship of the Ring. If you’ve requested something complicated – hang in there. They’ll get done with 100% of my love and effort but you may get them a day or two later than expected just because of this initial rush and the time it takes to do them. That’s it for now but thanks again for the continued support!
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Joe – The creator of the strip who has embraced giving crappy movies the chance they deserve. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.

First Appearance - The Introduction

Yeo – Yeo is Joe’s wife and often the voice of reason in the strip. Having her act rational allows the rest of the cast to embrace being in a comic strip which primarily involves randomly punching people, interacting with fictional characters and talking about boobs. Yeo is smart, beautiful and way too good for Joe. Don’t tip her off.

First Appearance - Fever Pitch

Irv – Joe’s movie-going sidekick who’s always down for watching Jason Statham crescent moon kick some thug through a plate glass window and getting some drinks before after and during a Vin Diesel movie. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.

First Appearance - Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

Agent 337 George Jones – A government Agent that took over for Joe after he was bad-mouthing President Bush in the V for Vendetta strip. George ran the show for over a month bring a much needed sense of patriotism and justice to both the strips and reviews. He eventually got too attached to his work, empathizing with Joe’s plight to give crappy movies a fair shake. In a way he came to love crappy movies as well and was pushed out of the position. He spiraled out of control and ended up in prison. His adventures will be told in the limited series JLCM Presents: 337 Locked Up which is set to début Christmas of 09.

First Appearance - V for Vendetta

Other Notable Appearances: Stay Alive, Ice age 2, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Slither, Here Comes Guest week, Let’s Go To Prison

Leonidas – The former king of Sparta who has traveled into the future and is having trouble coping with the modern times. Yelling loudly and kicking people into giant holes doesn’t really work the same way it did in the olden days. As time as gone by he’s adjusted but it’s a safe bet that he’s always one bad message away from throwing a spear through someone.

First Appearance - 300

Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Strip# 300, The Golden Compass, Rambo, Untraceable, The Ladies of Max Paybe

Palpatine – Former Senator, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Sith Lord... He shows up in the Joe Loves Crappy movies galaxy on occasion to let people know that they’re being stupid. No one’s really sure how he shows up in this universe but chances are it breaks all kinds of copywrite laws.

First Appearance - Episode III: The Dark Side

Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Night Watch, Saw 3, Are We Done Yet

Slow Billy – Billy is a sweet kid but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. If you’re watching him for the day be prepared to explain to him the plot of the movie or how popcorn works or, not so much where babies come from, but what babies are. He’s a complete moron.

First Appearance - Four Brothers

Other Notable Appearances: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, Vantage Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kyle the Movie Snob – Be careful what fun facts about movies you tell your friends at a friendly gathering or in line for the latest blockbuster, because if you’re even slightly wrong, Kyle will be more than happy to let you know. He usually gets what’s coming to him though. Poor guy has cracked three ribs since joining the JLCM cast.

First Appearance - Ultraviolet

Other Notable Appearances: 16 Blocks, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jean-Luc Picard – Another lawsuit waiting to happen is Jean Luc Picard who, towards the end of the strip’s first year, became the go-to background character. If there was ever a seat to fill or a random person to place wandering around in the background, nine times out of ten it was Picard. While Picard has crossed paths with Irv he and Joe have never met. Perhaps they will some day but for now just can an eye on the background.

First Appearance - The Producers

Other Notable Appearances: I’m not telling you, that’s no fun. It’ like Where’s Waldo – go find him!

Ice Cream Sandwich – Delicious and… deadly? Usually when you see someone eating an Ice Cream sandwich, someone else is experiencing a substantial amount of pain. Still, how nice is an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day?

First Appearance - Saw IV

Other Notable Appearances: Bee Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Saw V

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