Al Pacino’s 10 best comedies, ranked by Rotten Tomatoes
Over the past few decades, actor Robert De Niro has managed to move from comedy to drama, starring in comedy classics like Midnight race, Analyze that and Meet the parents. Much of his production since then has been comedies. However, Al Pacino, the equally legendary actor he is most associated with, has never made the same career move and has only done a few comedies in his rich career.
Al Pacino is one of the brightest actors of our time, having starred in intensely dramatic films like The Godfather, Glengarry Glen Ross, and The initiate. During his career, he mainly stayed on his way. However, he has occasionally appeared in a few lighter films. Although he’s not in much, he clearly has a knack for the comedy genre.
ten Jack and Jill – 3%
After teaming up with generally dramatic actor Jack Nicholson for the success of the comedy Anger management, Adam Sandler attempted a similar success by adding Al Pacino to the mix for Jack and Jill. In it, Sandler plays Jack, who is horrified to discover that his annoying sister Jill is visiting (also played by Sandler).
In a surprising turn, Al Pacino (like himself) takes a liking to Jill, whom Jack uses to his advantage. Infamous, the film was criticized and nominated for several Razzies. However, Pacino gives a committed performance, and the final scene where he raps and dances in a Dunkin ‘Donuts commercial is the film’s highlight and, perhaps, the only bright spot.
9 Stand Up Guys – 36%
Keeping up with the trend of films featuring collaborations between older stars like Last Vegas or Just to start, Stand up guys introduces Pacino and Christopher Walken as aging gangsters, who spend a night together before one has to hit the other.
While some critics felt that the most overt humor was too low for the talent involved, the performers are turning to the material. Audiences enjoyed the dialogue and interactions between the legends, although the rest of the film leaves little to be desired.
8 Author! Author! – 48%
Although this is not an outright comedy, Author! Author! is a comedy drama about a struggling playwright trying to produce a new play, while also raising many children his ex-wife recently left him with. The film is an autobiographical account of the real life of the screenwriter, Israel Horowitz.
Critics and the public were unimpressed with Pacino’s turn as a divorced father and compared Author! Author! negatively with the Oscar-winning similar-themed classic Dustin Hoffman Kramer versus. Kramer. Despite negative reviews, Pacino was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.
7 Simone – 50%
Written and directed by The Truman Show extremely unique and creative writer Andrew Niccol, Simone stars Pacino as a movie director, who has had enough of real actors and decides to create a virtual actor named Simone. Eventually, she becomes a huge star, but the director finds it difficult to hide the fact that she is not real.
As a dark comedy, Simone succeeds with its clever premise and acts like a funny Hollywood satire. Pacino shines in the many comedic moments the film gives him and despite mixed reviews, he’s been a small box office success.
6 Humiliating – 53%
In Humiliating, Pacino stars as an aging actor who returns home after being institutionalized in a mental institution and begins an affair with a friend’s daughter (Greta Gerwig). Pacino first read and bound to the book on which it was based and purchased the rights.
Director Barry Levinson took a more irreverent comedic approach to the material, and the film was written by acclaimed comic writer Buck Henry. Upon release, critics rated the film as the best of Pacino’s recent films, but failed to live up to its earlier works.
5 Dick Tracy – 63%
After the success of Tim Burton’s Batman, By Warren Beatty Dick tracy is the big screen adaptation of the classic crime-fighting cartoon sleuth. In the film, Beatty’s Tracy seeks to put Al Pacino’s Big Boy Caprice behind bars.
Pacino gives a hilariously over-the-top performance that turns out to be more comical than threatening. Buried under makeup that Pacino designed himself, Caprice constantly yells at the characters and hilariously attributes quotes to the wrong people.
Overall, Pacino seems to enjoy his campy performance. Although the film divides critics and audiences alike, Pacino received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for an unforgettable performance.
4 Frankie and Johnny – 66%
Adapted from the famous Off-Broadway play, “Frankie & Johnny in the Moonlight,” the film is about a recently released ex-convict (Pacino), who gets a job as a cook in a New York City cafe. Here he begins a romantic relationship with a waitress, played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Despite the praise for his chemistry with his Scarface As a co-star, the cast of the two principals has been criticized because the original play featured more believable “common people” like Kathy Bates. Directed by Pretty Woman Garry Marshall, Frankie and Johnny remains Al Pacino’s only romantic comedy.
3 Ocean’s Thirteen – 69%
Ocean’s Thirteen was the third entry in the Ocean 11 trilogy and featured a star cast from George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and more. In the threequel, the usual crew seek revenge on a ruthless casino owner, played by Pacino.
Critics and audiences alike enjoyed the film, calling it smooth and entertaining, and believed it was an improvement over the previous franchise entry. Also, most felt Pacino was a welcome inclusion in the ensemble’s already star-studded cast, standing up against all the other heavy hitters.
2 Danny Collins – 77%
Written and directed by It’s us creator Dan Fogelman, Danny collins concerns the aging titular rock star (Pacino), who discovers that John Lennon wrote him a letter much earlier in his career. Inspired by the letter, Danny decides to improve his life and reconnect with his estranged son.
Pacino is extremely charming as Collins, and the film effectively balances comedy and drama. While presenting many fun moments, Danny collins is extremely sincere and tender from the beginning until the beautiful closing moments. For his role, Pacino received a Golden Globe nomination and critics regard the film as an overlooked gem.
1 Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – 85%
After the casting of Robert De Niro in Jackie Brown, director Quentin Tarantino was finally able to work with his cohort Al Pacino, albeit for only a few scenes, when he cast him in Once upon a time in hollywood. The acclaimed Slice of Life film is set in 1960s Hollywood, where an actor and stuntman vie for success.
In his brief role, Pacino gives a spirited performance as a flamboyant agent who tries to convince aging actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) to make westerns in Italy. Despite his limited screen time, Pacino is extremely memorable and audiences wished there was more of him in the film.
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