Two fast-track yuppies, yearning for the tranqulity of rural life, giveup their careers and New York lifestyle only to find the wackyeccentrics outnumber the mosquitoes in their idyllic countryside.]]>
Funny Farm (1988)
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The plot is simple. A sportswriter from New York, Andy Farmer (Chevy Chase), and his wife, Elizabeth (Madolyn Smith-Osborne), decide to move to the country so that he can write his great American novel. They move to rural Redbud, Vermont, and instead of a bucolic, pastoral setting with friendly, kindly, country folk, they find snakes, a postman who maniacally drinks and drives, a sheriff who can't drive a car, a corpse in their back yard, and a whole slew of the weirder than weird.
Instead of writing the great American novel, Andy only manages to turn out some useless drivel, while Elizabeth turns out a charming children's book. This causes great friction between the two, and it looks as if their sojourn in the country, as well as their marriage, is to be a brief one. They decide to move back to New York and inveigle the entire town of Redbud to assist them in selling their house, by turning the town and its environs into a warm and cozy setting out of a Norman Rockwell painting. What happens next is quite funny.
Just about every one in the film is a little wacky, with the exception of Andy's wife, Elizabeth, who is the one sane, grounded character. Madolyn Smith-Osborne gives an excellent performance as the wife. She is a perfect comedic foil. Chevy Chase as Andy is well...Chevy Chase and, as always, funny. The supporting cast is likewise excellent and contribute to the many humorous moments in the film. All in all, this is an enjoyable comedy that is fun for the whole family.
There are some truly funny moments: the cackling, alcoholic mailman who never stops; the bid to sell the house (cue the deer); the casket in the garden... it all works and provides for a good movie from beginning to end.
You can tell you're in the hands of a master when not long into the story he delivers a classic, almost Lubitsch-like moment that comes when the two transplanted city folk have to spend the night in their new farm house with no furniture (the movers got lost) and nothing to eat except for a few bananas and an apple. The crunch of that apple, with perfect camera placement, comes at just the right place in the story to let you know that no matter what farfetched plot points may be coming along down the road (and there are some), the humor is going to be more subtle, and of a drier, more "throwaway" style, than what you might expect from a typical Chevy Chase vehicle.
And speaking of vehicles, you've gotta love longtime character actor Kevin Conway as the enraged local mailman, who drives his loud, rusty, unmufflered truck past Chevy's new house every day and simply throws whatever letters and junk mail there is at the mailbox. Or the local sheriff who lost his driver's license and has to be chauffeured to crime scenes by the local cabbie. (I told you things would get farfetched.)
Then there's the character of "yellow dog," a large, lethargic labrador retriever (wonderfully underplayed by a big yellow lab) that Chevy and his wife (wonderfully underplayed by Madolyn Smith) bring home after their first attempt at dog ownership (with an energetic Irish setter) fails the moment they let him out of the car.Read more ›
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Funny Farm is not what i expected. I expected a whole bunch of dumb comedy gags put together into a script, but i was wrong. Read morePublished 4 days ago by N. Wallend
I love this movie. I have family in Maine, so I can vouch for the background of the story. Chevy Chase's character gives up his sports writing career in the big city to move to... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Karen Colton Welles
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