17 November 2012 1:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Perhaps more than any other genre, comedy films generally revolve around characters the audience can identify with. They’re people we want to see succeed in their endeavors, regardless of any faults they may have. If it’s a romantic comedy, we want to see the two lovers end up together. If it’s a buddy comedy, we want to see the two friends overcome whatever obstacles they might be facing. Even black comedies tend to have someone we can get behind. But every once in awhile, there comes a comedy where all the main characters are lacking in relatable traits. Whether they’re selfish jerks, just in it for the money or are simply too stupid for their own good, these are not people who can reasonably be called “heroes”.

So here are five comedies that eschew likability in favor of an examination of the dark side of humanity. »

- Thomas Ahearn

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