I loved Anchorman. I didn’t even mind Zoolander. Even Dodgeball was bearable. However, I HATED Wedding Crashers and Old School. I just didn’t laugh at them. They weren’t funny to me.
Here’s why I hated them so much: they were too serious. Particularly Wedding Crashers. The romantic aspects of that movie were just way too overpronounced. Christopher Walken was wasted in his role (anyone could have played his character.) I cannot stand Owen Wilson as the focus of a movie. He makes a good side character, as in Meet the Parents, but he just cannot carry a movie - his soft-spoken WASP/surfer/hippy mannerism is just too cloying to have to be subjected to for long periods of time. As for Old School, the idea of middle aged men partying and trying to re-live their youth, or whatever, just isn’t really a vehicle for much humor. In fact, the whole concept of it was depressing to me, when I thought about it. It’s more sad than it is funny. I don’t know, these movies just didn’t do it for me.
Particularly Wedding Crashers, which was the BIG summer movie and which everyone was raving about - I just didn’t get it at all. It couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a heartwarming romantic comedy or a buddy-flick or a goofy gag-fest, so it tried to mix them all and I found the results to be quite sub par.