There’s usually a problem with movies that feature comedians in dramatic roles. The problem is the marketing. In order to fill up the seats, marketers convince movie goers that the film is a comedy. Movie goers feel deceived; and, the movie goes under-rated.
Diamonds in the Rough –
Adam Sandler in “Punch Drunk Love”
Matthew Broderick in “Cable Guy”
Conversely, some comedians have made the transition to dramatic roles. And the audience accepts the transition. Most notably, Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation”, plays a washed up actor in Japan to film a commercial. No one is expecting “Caddyshack”, and, the movie does not suffer from false marketing.