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Inexplicably, uncomfortably, authentically funny. Going in, I thought “Family” (2019) carried the whiff of a middle schooler’s gym class farts. Then I realized Kate McKinnon only had a small role and this film was serving up some of the coldest deadpan since peak Steven Wright. Sometimes, awkward kids turn out great. Sometimes they become awkward aunts who suddenly have to care for awkward pre-teens. This movie talks about those times, and is able to do so hilariously and with just a smidgen of heart. The humor is so dark and edgy, though, I’m not surprised it wasn’t a commercial hit.

Yeah, I know “Office Christmas Party” (2016) is stupid, but it’s appropriately stupid for the plot (epic gesture needed to save the company). It’s necessarily stupid for its genre (R-rated farce). Simply put, it’s just the right amount of stupid (although I saw the unrated version, so, technically, what I saw was extra stupid). Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman have made like 377 films in the past few years, so they seem to be homing in on a formula in which they’re both uptight and everyone else is crazy (although I do wish the formula involved my seeing fewer penises).

You want to know about my rough night? It was the night I wasted watching “Rough Night” (2017). It’s a cross between “The Hangover” and “Weekend at Bernie’s,” but only combining the worst aspects of each. This story about a bachelorette weekend gone bad begins in medias res with physical comedy hijinks, so they even got the ensuing wrong. I never want to see Jillian Bell in a movie ever again. But in some ways, it’s a good thing, because when a female-dominated cast is allowed to produce worthless crap like this, you know we’re getting closer to gender equality.