Remember Steve Urkel from the long-running sit-com FAMILY MATTERS (1989-97)? He was the extremely nerdy teenager, played by JALEEL WHITE, who was mildly amusing for a time until producers got greedy and converted him from a bit player to a main character to cash in on his popularity - and eventually got just plain annoying.
But, imagine if 'Harry Highpants' Urkel had been taken a step futher and he began popping up regularly in films but with a different identity. In fact, every movie the actor White would appear in.
It may not have happened to White and his alterego Urkel, but it's happened with MICHAEL CERA and George-Michael Bluth, the awkward youth he portrayed in clever sit-com ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (2003-06). The one who has a crush on his own cousin.
You may have read my review on YEAR ONE (2009), the disappointing comedy starring Cera and JACK BLACK (SCHOOL OF ROCK, SHALLOW HAL) and directed by HAROLD RAMIS (GHOSTBUSTERS, GROUNDHOG DAY).