CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD (1998)

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Before we begin, I want to post the inspiration for our watching Chairman of the Board. Chris showed this to me a few months ago, and might be one of the best talk show interviews/clips I’ve ever seen:

Christopher

So I’m a pretty big Norm Macdonald fan and after seeing his famous Conan interview with Courtney Thorne-Smith I finally decided it was time to watch Chairman of the Board. I wasn’t quite sure what the movie was about except that other than the Conan interview it was a movie I constantly saw back when Blockbuster was around. The movie is truly like nothing I have ever seen before, it’s great!

The movie is completely unfunny and the story is pretty nonsensical but this movie just doesn’t give up. There are so many jokes in it I feel like Seth MacFarlane is probably pretty jealous. Even though Family Guy is a pretty awful show at least it has a few funny jokes sometimes. Chairman of the Board really has nothing. Carrot Top isn’t funny. I know pretty much everyone knows that but I would love to talk to whomever thought this movie was a good idea.

It’s not only that Carrot Top isn’t funny, he’s pretty gross looking. And he’s definitely not someone I want to see in any kind of love story. I really want to get into all the plot and character problems but there really are way too many so it’s not worth it.

This movie is like nothing I have ever seen before. I know if I saw it as a kid it would have really freaked me out with its hyper reality but luckily I have only been able to enjoy it as an adult. WATCH IT!!!

Elizabeth

Chairman of the Board is hard to watch. And I don’t mean to sound cruel, but one of the top reasons it’s so hard to watch is how ugly and unbearable Carrot Top is. I mean, he’s hideous. And this was before he got super weird looking. But, that aside, it’s still pretty difficult to watch.  Now, I’m not going to pretend a comedy’s plot has to make 100% sense for me to love it (I do love Encino Man), but it helps, and Chairman of the Board doesn’t even try. Carrot Top plays a broke, awful inventor who meets a billionaire, who soon dies and leaves his company to Carrot Top. For some reason.

What’s also difficult is the tone and the audience it’s supposed to be geared toward: is this a kids’ movie? Or for adults? I don’t think it’s supposed to be one of those kids’ movies with some clever adult jokes thrown in, but whatever it’s going for, it misses.

But without it, we probably wouldn’t have that clip of Norm Macdonald on Conan. So it’s worth it.

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