Friday, December 18, 2009

Funny Farm

Released: 1988
Reviewed: 2009
Star Rating: 4 out of 5

Chevy Chase (Andy Farmer), Madolyn Osborne (Elizabeth Farmer), Kevin O’Morrison (Sheriff), Joseph Maher (Sinclair), Jack Gilpin (Bud), Caris Corfman (Betsy).

When the Farmer’s decide to move from the big-city to the country so Andy can write a novel in seclusion they are completely unprepared for their new life. With quirky locals and their strange habits, including wildlife, their life quickly becomes unglued and turns into one silly thing after another.

This film doesn’t so much start as to evolve into a never ending series of ridiculous events that just get bigger and bigger as the film progresses. This is classic Chevy Chase with tons of silly humor and a paper thin plot. There were some pretty funny bits like the mailman and local Sheriff who rides around in a taxi, and of course Yellow Dog. Of course, the ending isn’t a complete surprise but it does close the film nicely while providing some more good laughs.

Chase was in typical form whileOsborne did a great job of supporting him. The rest of the cast was a mix of good and okay supporting work. Sets, background, effects, camera work and sound were all nicely done indicating a film with a decent budget.

Overall this is a classic 80’s comedy and if you enjoyed Fletch, Modern Problems, or Nothing But Trouble you will probably enjoy this one a lot. A bit campy, silly, goofy and definitely Chase focused but good happy fun and an excellent family movie choice. Mild adult content and mild foul language but this one should be okay for preens and above.

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