10. The Ladies Man (2000)
The worst film ever made from a Saturday Night Live sketch is also exhibit A for how not to turn a five-minute joke into a big-screen movie. In the original sketch, Tim Meadows’ Leon Phelps was a hilariously daft radio host. So it’s a bit nonsensical that the film starts with Phelps being fired, which turns The Ladies Man into a vague farce that not even Billy Dee Williams can rescue.
9. Superstar (1999)
Molly Shannon is a fearless performer, whether she’s pratfalling into a pile of folding chairs or making out with a tree. But there’s very little to love in Superstar. The character was already impossibly shrill to begin with, and the movie strands her in a lame teen-movie plotline about being true to yourself, etc., etc. (Also, there’s no getting around the fact that watching Shannon and fellow thirtysomething costars Will Ferrell and Harland Williams play high schoolers is weird. And not fun weird, like Grease.)
8. A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
The reason most SNL movies fail is the same reason most videogame movies fail: The creators often feel a need to add in huge chunks of back story, and the lame plotting saps all the energy from the material. So it is with Roxbury. Did we really need to know that the nameless, practically mute Roxbury guys were actually Yemeni-American brothers who work at a fake-plant store? The one saving grace is an extended cameo by Richard Grieco, playing himself as a Z-list wreck.
7. It’s Pat (1994)
A typically random hodgepodge of random cameos (alt-rockers Ween factor prominently in the movie) and fish-out-of-water comedy, It’s Pat is only really watchable because of Julia Sweeney. Her ambisexual title character is still SNL‘s most bizarre (wo)man-child character.
6. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
What happens when a comedy only has a straight man? The answer is Blues Brothers 2000, a decades-too-late sequel that fails to make up for a severe lack of John Belushi. Still, the music’s pretty good, and any movie that features Erykah Badu and Eric Clapton deserves at least a look.
5. Coneheads (1993)
Now we’re getting somewhere. Coneheads is pretty far from perfect, but Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin make a fun couple as the husband-and-wife aliens trying to fit into suburban America. (Michelle Burke, taking over for Laraine Newman as their daughter, is pretty forgettable.) There’s the kernel of real emotion in the Coneheads’ immigrant experience.
4. Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
A hidden gem. Future senator Al Franken stars as self-help guru Stuart Smalley, but the film has the good sense to cram in lots of other memorable characterizations into the mix, including Vincent D’Onofrio as Stuart’s brother, Donnie, and Harris Yulin as Stuart’s hilariously awful father. The film failed at the box office, but it holds up surprisingly well.
3. Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
In the history of great rock festivals — Woodstock, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza — one name will forever reign supreme: Waynestock. Wayne is told by Jim Morrison (and a weird naked Indian) that he must put on the epic rock concert. What follows is a rambunctiously hilarious ride, which finds equal time for Garth’s romance with Kim Basinger, Christopher Walken’s proto-”Cowbell” role as a music producer, and Charlton Heston in perhaps the greatest 30-second acting role ever. (”I once knew a girl who lived on Gordon Street…”)
2. The Blues Brothers (1980)
”Illinois Nazis. I hate Illinois Nazis.” ”Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ, I have seen the light!” ”We’re on a mission from God.” The great lines pour out of this eccentric musical classic, built around the adorably abrupt chemistry of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The Blues Brothers is many things — a road-trip movie, a concert picture, a feast of great musician cameos, a Forrest Gump-ian tour through America. It also features Carrie Fisher with a bazooka.
1. Wayne’s World (1992)
Just why is Wayne’s World so much funnier than every other SNL movie ever made? Maybe it’s the nonstop energy of the script, created by a pre-Austin Powers Mike Myers and the husband-and-wife writing team of Bonnie and Terry Turner. Maybe it’s the movie’s genuine love of metal and metalheads. Maybe it’s Rob Lowe, creating the whole second act of his career as the hilariously evil TV executive. For all these reasons and more, Wayne’s World reigns supreme. Good luck, MacGruber!