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Now Celebrating its 40th season on the air, Saturday Night Live has been one of the funniest and most popular programs on television. Many of these sketches were so funny that they were converted into full-length movies for the big screen. Several of these skits didn’t translate well into movies, as most of the movies were very unpopular and a box office bust, while many others are regarded as some of the funniest movies of all time.
1) Blues Brothers: Released in 1980, this film is originally based on a sketch from 1976 featuring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Before the film, the Blues Brothers appeared on SNL three times in addition to releasing an album in 1978, which reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned a double platinum status. In 1998, a sequel named The Blues Brothers 2000 was released, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman, since Belushi died in 1982. The sequel unfortunately did not live up to the vast success of the first film and earned $14 million at the box office on a $28 million budget.
2) Wayne’s World: In 1989, the world was brought into a basement in Aurora, Illinois to see the hilarious fake cable network show named “Wayne’s World” with Wayne (Mike Meyers) and Garth (Dana Carvery). This quickly became one of SNL’s most popular skits and has been reprised 19 times. In 1992, this was made into a full length movie and is the highest grossing movie based on an SNL skit. The film was so well received that a sequel was made in 1993, which received mixed reviews.
3) Coneheads: First appearing on SNL in 1977, the Coneheads are an alien family living on earth, trying to fit in with the surrounding earthlings. However, they have some different behaviors, like drinking six packs of beer at once and smoking entire packs of cigarettes at once instead of one at a time. Due to the popularity of this recurring sketch, the Coneheads movie was released in 1993 and was very well received by audiences.
4) It’s Pat: This 1994 comedy saw Julia Sweeney reprise her hilarious role of Pat Riley, which originally appeared on SNL in 1990. Even though Quentin Tarantino was involved with the screenplay and writing of the script, the film was a huge disaster, grossing barely over $60,000 in the box office and received a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
5) Stuart Saves His Family: Played by comedian Al Franken, Stuart Smalley was a recurring character throughout the early to mid 1990s. In 1995, the sketch was turned into a movie where Stuart had to save his family from issues like alcohol abuse and weight problems while also trying to keep his life in check as a member of the 12 step program. The movie was a catastrophic failure, earning less than $915,000 on a $6.3 million budget.
6) The Ladies Man: In 2000, SNL took the suave Leon Phelps (played by Tim Meadows) and put him on the big screen. Leon tried to court any woman he saw, given that she was under 250 lbs. However, his womanizing ways catch up with him, as an angry mob of women and boyfriends try and get revenge. The film was a bust, earning horrible reviews from critics and failing to earn a profit in the box office
7) A Night At The Roxbury: What is love? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more! This film, released in 1998, is based on the recurring SNL sketch “The Roxbury Boys,” which began in 1996, depicted the adventures of two brothers, played by Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan, who frequently went to clubs and were always looking for women. SNL members Molly Shannon and Collin Quinn joined the cast for the movie, which was a huge commercial success despite receiving bad reviews.
8) Office Space: This hilarious movie, which shows up on many people’s “best of” lists, is based on a series of short animated clips that appeared on several comedy shows, including SNL. Office Space remains relevant in today’s culture by serving as the inspiration for the “that’d be great” memes, one of which can be seen below.
9) Superstar: Molly Shannon made almost everyone laugh when playing her character Mary Katherine Gallagher, a socially inept student obsessed with movies, celebrities, and fame. Considered the first breakout character from the new 1995 cast, Shannon reprised this role several times from 1995-2001. In the 1999 film, Shannon is obsessed with becoming a popular girl in her school so that she can kiss the coolest guy in school, a role played by Will Ferrell. The SNL skits would often have Mary take a performance way too far and fall over or attempt to steal the show and ruin the performance. The film, like many others on this list, received poor reviews despite enjoying commercial success.
10) MacGruber: The most recent of the SNL films, MacGruber saw Will Forte reprise his titular role, which parodied popular television show MacGyver. In the sketches, MacGruber would often get sidetracked with his own personal issues while trying to defuse a bomb and fail to save the other people in the room. In 2010, the MacGruber film was released and received very mixed reviews from critics, who claimed the movie had its moments, but was often overwhelmed with crude and uncomfortable humor.