Comedy movies are meant to make us laugh and forget our troubles. Some people are great with comedy such as Robin William's and Eddie Murphy, but some are hit or miss like Adam Sandler. The 70s and 80s produced some great comedies like Smokey and the Bandit, Groundhog Day, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Ghistbusters. However in the 90s and 2000s comedy seemed to become a shitty version of itself. What is causing comedy movies to become box office bombs? I can think of a couple reasons.
1. Too many bodily function jokes.
About every comedy movie and kids movie now has a fart,burp, pee or scat joke in it. Once upon a time it was funny, it was edgy, and it was new. However every freaking comedy movie has a bodily function joke. It's such a played out trope. Plus most of them are just plain sick.
2. Too many Sexual innuendos and double Entendres.
I mean I get a comedy is supposed to be a raunchy type of movie, but sometimes it can be too much. Movies like Austin Powers can pull off the sexual innuendos and double entendre in a comedic way. But some movies go way too overboard with it.
3. Not enough of a plot.
Most movies have a beginning, a plot,a climax, and a ending. Most comedies have a poor plot or lack thereof. Sure they are meant to tell a story, but in order for it to be funny there's got to be a good story.
4. Too many timely and dated references.
A lot of movies take a few months to a year to film. In that time frame a lot of pop culture and fad references are used such as in the case of Sharknado and the Wayans Brothers' Scary Movie franchise. At the time during filming these are usually relevant, but as soon as it's released the fad or pop culture refrence has been forgotten about for the last 6 months to a year.
Comedy movies can be funny. I have seen a lot of comedies that are good. However for every good comedy, there are 9 or 10 other bad ones. Most comedic actors usually in my opinion continue past their prime in order to stay relevant such as the case with Adam Sandler or Kevin James.
I love comedy movies, but it just seems like most modern ones are just too cliché.