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Ranking: Will Ferrell’s Performances from Worst to Best

on March 26, 2015, 1:45am
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41. Darren Clark

The Thin Pink Line (1997)

Ferrell is just an extra in this mockumentary, so if you’ve never heard of The Thin Pink Line, why start learning about it now? It’s got Jason Priestley, Jennifer Aniston, Maura Tierney, David Cross, and it’s just terrible. Terrible. Now enjoy, or wince, at this clip featuring a sparkle-vested, awkwardly tall Ferrell. It’s truly his worst, because no one could see his talents yet. –Blake Goble

Best Line: Dialogue not found

40. Gil

The Suburbans (1999)

Here we get shy, soft-voiced, Dad-humored, pre-fame Will Ferrell in a low-rent rock comedy with Craig Bierko and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The Suburbans is one of those flops that gets re-packaged on DVD with all the stars on the cover, after they’ve become stars. Ferrell got to be the nerdy guy in a bro band. –Blake Goble

Best Line: “I have a handheld GPS satellite-controlled system, that’s just, dynamite…”

39. Al

Men Seeking Women (1997)

Ferrell’s first film is a forgettable one (his top-billed co-stars are Grant Shaud and Anthony Palermo, to which you may be asking yourself, who?), but at least his debut made an impression. At the time that he was shooting Men Seeking Women as Al, a nerdy 33-year-old who makes a bet with his friends to see who can be the first to get a girlfriend, Ferrell was still a virtual unknown, having only just joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Of course, he became a much bigger star by the time the indie comedy was released in 1997; and judging by the emphasis on his name and face in the promotional materials, the belated star of the film as well. –Leah Pickett

Best Line: [Trapped under a car] “I’ve been worse.”

38. Michael, Brian’s Boyfriend (uncredited)

Boat Trip (2002)

Wherein Ferrell upstages an Oscar winner in one completely irrelevant scene. –Randall Colburn

Best Line: “Oh, Larry, you’re still here. Your mother died. This morning. I’m sorry, I thought you got my Post-It.”

37. Lance Delune

The Ladies Man (2000)

As with several films based on one-note SNL characters, Ferrell shines the brightest here as a supporting character — a wimpy husband who’s obsessed with Greco Roman wrestling. More oil! –Dan Caffrey

Best Line: “Are you sure you don’t want just a dab? It’s a lemon essence, and it is delightful.”

36. Jack Wyatt

Bewitched (2005)

This lame, if ambitious, riff on the Bewitched TV series works against most of Ferrell’s strengths. He’s great when allowed to unleash Jack Wyatt’s formidable ego, but the tenderness of the film’s romantic core doesn’t suit him. –Randall Colburn

Best Line: “You shall lick my face, and I shall lick your snout!”

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