Former Time columnist and movie critic Joel Stein weighs in with his latest comedy movie list: The Five Most Overrated and Underrated Comedy Actors.
3) John Belushi
Proof: The Blues Brothers
Exception that Proves the Rule: Animal House
Belushi‚Äôs two modes — laconic cool and unhinged energy — were electrifying, but it‚Äôs only funny in the way that it‚Äôs funny the first time you see someone get all coked up. The Germans-bombing-Pearl-Harbor-speech in Animal House is brilliant, but most of the time Belushi is nowhere near the material, just eager to throw food or chop things with a sword.
4) Michael J. Fox
Proof: Back to the Future
Exception that Proves the Rule: Teen Wolf
Behind the bland likeability, Michael J. Fox is a frustrated, restless, neurotic mess, ready to lash out at anyone in his way. When that subtext was outed ‚Äì- by a short kid who can dunk when he turns into a werewolf ‚Äì- the joke momentarily lost its subtlety.