Inspector Clouseau (The Pink Panther) and Maxwell Smart (The Nude Bomb)
spring immediately to mind. Kick Ass plays with the idea of the incompetent
hero. Will Ferrell plays a lot of those roles as well, and his 2010 film The
Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg is a good example. Also SNL characters often
tend to be incompetent heroes, such as John Candy in Who's Harry Crumb?,
Chevy Chase and Dan Ackroyd in Spies Like Us, Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray in
Ghostbusters I+II, Mike Myers in Wayne's World I+II and the Austen Powers
films. With all this SNL material it might actually be fruitful to do an
analysis of the comic stylings of Lorne Michaels and the SNL crowd. I'm sure
there's loads more but I've gone dry for the moment.

Hope these help.

On 14/12/12 3:03 PM, "Frank, Michael" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> i have a student who's interested in writing about the incompetent hero in
> american movies, and asked me about such figures in movies from before the
> current century . . .  i immediately thought of woody allen but then drew a
> blank . . . can anyone suggest either a movie [or set of movies] featuring an
> incompetent hero, or an actor who regularly played the part of the incompetent
> hero?
> many thanks
> mike  
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> Does anyone know a good study (essay or otherwise) of that French cinephilia
> phenomenon known as MacMahonism?  I assume there's some material in de
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> pages here and there, but I'd love to come across a fuller treatment of the
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