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Funny Farm
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by Jack Sommersby

"Chevy Chase vs. Country Bumpkins"
4 stars

No, it's not as good as the first "Vacation" or "Fletch", but this 1988 Chevy Chase star vehicle still manages to deliver the goods.

Though it isn't quite as uproarious as the 1985 classic Fletch, this bright adaptation of Jay Crowley's wonderful same-name novel ranks as Chevy Chase's second-best star vehicle. What we have here is another one of those fish-out-of-water stories, with Chase playing Andy Farmer, a New York sportswriter who, along with his homemaker wife, Elizabeth (Madolyn Smith), move to a small New England countryside town, where he plans to write The Great American Novel. Yet instead of living a life of tranquility, the Farmers discover their seemingly Norman Rockwellian town to be more reminiscent of something out of the Twilight Zone: there are huge snakes in their pond; the mailman is a hard-driving drunk who pitches their mail out of his pick-up truck; it costs twenty cents to make a call from the pay phone in their home; the sheriff has to get around by taxi because he keeps flunking his driving exams, and there's a corpse buried in the garden. To worsen matters, Andy experiences a serious case of writer's block, he's alienated practically the entire citizenry with his bumbling antics, and his wife manages to crank out a fantastic children's book about an equally bumbling squirrel with the same name as his. What makes Funny Farm decidedly different from the majority of its ilk are the wonderful comical situations, which are never painfully forced but always tactfully developed. The film has the benefit of crack source material, and the veteran director, George Roy Hill, wisely doesn't push things when they needn't be; he gives the scenes proper definition and dramatic focus yet enough aesthetic leeway in allowing the actors and jokes to flourish. And Chase and Smith make for an agreeable, believable couple to lead us through the proceedings (their marital spat over Andy's godawful finished novel is a keeper). The film is meticulously crafted and the kind of comedy that, if you're in the right mood, can leave you laughing for days.

Grossed only a little over $25 million at U.S. box offices, but it's picked up a lot of admirers on home video. And it's an absolute steal on DVD for under $6!

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originally posted: 07/06/04 09:47:13
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12/15/16 david froman easily chevy chase's most underated film 4 stars
4/09/16 matthew thompson dalldorf Slapstick done with the utmost creativity 4 stars
3/22/15 Jerry Spray Chevy Chase is naturally not all that funny. This poor man's comedy is undercooked. 2 stars
11/04/10 PAUL SHORTT POOR COMEDY 2 stars
9/13/08 Paul A heart-warming Chase film 4 stars
8/22/07 Chris I love this movie. It's simple and entertaining. 5 stars
8/05/07 ] ITS GAY 1 stars
6/26/06 Steve I was explaining the whole movie to a coworker and landed on this site because I could not 4 stars
8/15/05 Indrid Cold They don't live on a farm, and it's not funny either. 3 stars
10/23/04 ODH Chevy Chase living in the country, not all that funny 2 stars
3/25/03 Jack Sommersby Low-key yet uproarious fun. Some real classic moments here. 5 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Some laughs, but Chase looks drunk 2 stars
9/01/02 y2mckay Cute and funny Chase movie, just before he turned into a totally humorless asshole. 4 stars
7/19/02 ??? a good film 5 stars
4/01/02 lauren mccreight not as bad as you think 4 stars
4/09/01 Gary I have only seen like 10 minutes of it but you guys need to write more about it! 3 stars
2/09/01 Andrew Carden I expected more from Chevy Chase. 2 stars
2/10/00 The King of the Bros Chevy Chase rules! Seriously! 5 stars
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  02-Jun-1988 (PG)



Directed by
  George Roy Hill

Written by
  Jeffrey Boam

  Chevy Chase
  Madolyn Smith
  Joseph Maher
  Jack Gilpin
  Kevin O'Morrison

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