The 21 most lovable slobs on film

To celebrate Melissa McCarthy’s slovenly turn in ‘Tammy’, here are cinema’s most endearing layabouts

Bill Murray in ‘Caddyshack’ Bill Murray is filthy, messy and mumbling as a dragging-his-heels groundskeeper in this 1980 golfing comedy. Read review
John Belushi in ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House’ We first meet John Belushi’s degenerate student urinating outside his frat-house in this 1978 comedy about reckless uni types – it’s downhill from there. Read review
Curtis Armstrong in ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ Riding the crest of the nerd-slob intersection, ‘Booger’ Dawson is a lady-charmin’, pot-smokin’, guitar-and-nose-pickin’ anti-hero. Read review
Jeff Bridges in ‘The Big Lebowski’ He’s unemployed, he loves bowling and he spends half his life in a dressing gown; yep, Jeff Bridges’ The Dude is a slob for the ages. Read review
Zach Galifianakis in ‘The Hangover’ Chubby, beardy, scruffy, weird – Zach Galifianakis’s Alan is the unpredictable, slumming-it wildcard of ‘The Hangover’. Read review
Seth Rogen in ‘Knocked Up’ He may be an ass-scratching, directionless, perma-stoned illegal immigrant, but he’s also the father of Katherine Heigl’s child. Shudder. Read review
Ursula in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Half octopus, half obese drag queen, Ursula wants to be queen of Atlantica. But you can’t help thinking she’d be happier with her feet up polishing off a chocolate bar. Read review
Ted in ‘Ted’ If you thought Paddington Bear was lazy, meet Ted the dope smoking, foul-mouthed waster with a sex drive unbecoming of a cuddly toy. Read review
John Candy in ‘Uncle Buck’ Shabby emergency babysitter Uncle Buck lives in a tatty downtown apartment and makes easy money by betting illegally. He’s everything his brother’s well-heeled suburban family are not. Read review
Will Ferrell in ‘Old School’ Will Ferrell’s Frank the Tank is one of cinema’s most heroic slobs, bravely bucking suburban conformity to streak naked in front of his horrified wife. Read review
Jason Lee in ‘Mallrats’ More sloth than man, Brodie’s idea of romance is to propose to his girlfriend on a Universal Studios tour – right when the shark springs out during the ‘Jaws’ sequence. Read review
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in ‘Dumb and Dumber’ When a gangster refrains from trashing your flat because you wouldn’t notice, you know you’re a Pulitzer-grade slob. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are the hapless lovable losers in the Farrelly brothers’ debut. Read review
Walter Matthau in ‘The Odd Couple’ Is a slob only a slob when there’s an anally retentive neat guy to compare him to? No, Walter Matthau’s nasally challenged Felix would be hell to live with in any context. Read review
Brad Pitt in ‘True Romance’ Whether through booze, weed or other substances, a state of permanent confuzzlement is a must for any self-respecting slob, and young heartthrob Bradley Pitt puts in a suspiciously convincing turn as the ultimate stoner here. Read review
Pauly Shore in ‘California Man’ What’s a spaced-out teenager to do when he finds an ice-age caveman dude in the garden? Give him a makeover so he looks like every other high school Neanderthal. Read review
Melissa McCarthy in ‘The Heat’ She looks more like a homeless biker than a detective, and she might not be able to chase after perps with the speed of Usain Bolt. But when it comes to arrest by watermelon, she’s unbeatable. Read review
Slimer in ‘Ghostbusters’ How many of the slobs on our list wish they could be this guy: floating around, literally legless, stuffing his face with hot dogs and putting the wind up a bunch of posh squares. Read review
Richard E Grant in ‘Withnail and I’ If you’ve seen the state of Withnail’s sink in this 1960s-set British comedy, you’ll know this ‘resting’ actor is the ultimate slacker. Read review
King Louie in ‘The Jungle Book’ Disney’s King Louie sits on his big behind, dreaming of power, being fed bananas – if it walks like a slob, talks likes a slob… Read review
Orson Welles in ‘Touch of Evil’ He’s a razor-tongued detective with a nose for trouble, but Orson Welles’s Hank Quinlan is undoubtedly a slob at heart, taking lazy shortcuts to fit up a suspected crook and sliding into alcoholic oblivion. Read review
Sean Penn in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Jeff Spicoli is the stoned-out surfer slob, the dude’s dude, the ultimate high school hero, and displays a rare sense of humour from oh-so-tortured thespian Sean Penn. Read review

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