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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY DARN FUNNY...
This is definitely one of the better Chevy Chase vehicles, as it does not go too far off the beaten path and is handled with a lighter touch than many of his other films. It is funny, wry, and deftly humorous.
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...
Published on February 17, 2003 by Lawyeraau

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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Farm
This movie was made when Chevy Chase was doing some of his best work. Unfortunately this was not the best example of it. It was entertaining and had some funny moments, but there are better movies that showcase his comedic genius such as Fletch.

I have added this to my Christmas collection as the scenes they did for the holidays were a scream! With all the...
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY DARN FUNNY..., February 17, 2003
This review is from: Funny Farm [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is definitely one of the better Chevy Chase vehicles, as it does not go too far off the beaten path and is handled with a lighter touch than many of his other films. It is funny, wry, and deftly humorous.
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.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Pleasure to Watch, February 4, 2002
This review is from: Funny Farm (1988) (DVD)
Let me say that I'm not a big Chevy Chase fan - but I like this movie. The story of a couple, Andy and Elizabeth Farmer, who move from the daily grind of New York to the picturesque country setting of Rosebud, only to find their scenic utopia populated by a pack of small town lunatics.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Cue the Deer...", August 27, 2005
This review is from: Funny Farm (1988) (DVD)
I've always admired George Roy Hill's gifts as a director, from BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, to THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, to the underrated and underappreciated THE GREAT WALDO PEPPER. In fact I think Hill was one of the top cinematic craftsmen of 70s and 80s Hollywood. And he serves the story of FUNNY FARM well.

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. (I don't want to give away the joke or I'd say more.)

My favorite line? Once they decide to sell the house, they realize that what's going to sucker a new owner into buying it from them is exactly what suckered them into buying it in the first place, namely the "local color". So as an eager young yuppie couple, intent on living closer to nature, motors their SUV up the snowy driveway, Chevy peers at them through the curtains, then clicks on his walkie-talkie and says, "Cue the deer..." Sure enough, just as the unsuspecting yuppies get out of their car--their eyes bright, their breath making clouds in the frosty morning air--a lovely, long-limbed fawn scampers right past them and into the woods.

Ahhh. Just like the movie itself, it's absurd, cynical, and wonderfully sentimental all at the same time. A perfect mix. This is not a great film comedy (like THE BANK DICK or DUCK SOUP) by any stretch, but it's quite good in its own, quiet way. And if you're a Chevy Chase fan and wish he'd done more films with an element of quality to them, this is one of Chase's few cinematic turns as a real actor, not just a buffoon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Farm A Great Laugh Anytime, March 17, 2004
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This review is from: Funny Farm (1988) (DVD)
Funny Farm is...well.. funny! I remember when it came out in the theatres it got about 2 or 3 stars. However if you like romantic comedy set in the backwoods this film will have your sides aching from laughter. The premise is rather simple. A big town guy turns to a small town in search of a better life. The only problem is that everything goes wrong. The movers cant find the house. No one will give directions. There are a pair of sign stealers that appear all throughout the movie. Of course our heroine Andy needs to see that sign that they just took (Look! No bullet holes!) There is a scene in a diner and a Sheriff that has you wondering about small town law enforcement. The whole thing ends up at Christmas with beautiful decorations and even more hilarity as our stars come back to Earth. Chevy and Madeline play off one another well in this funny movie. Just when you think things are straightening out for the couple, something else falls apart. Its another movie that is no Oscar winner but its one I watch over and over. I couldnt have a collection of movies without Funny Farm. Dont miss it.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Farm, March 22, 2008
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This movie was made when Chevy Chase was doing some of his best work. Unfortunately this was not the best example of it. It was entertaining and had some funny moments, but there are better movies that showcase his comedic genius such as Fletch.

I have added this to my Christmas collection as the scenes they did for the holidays were a scream! With all the amazing supporting characters, I expected more from the film than I got.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY...AND VASTLY UNDERRATED MOVIE, February 27, 2004
This review is from: Funny Farm (1988) (DVD)
This movie doesn't get a lot of love but through repeated showings on the Comedy channel I have grown to really appreciate it. Chevy Chase is a big city sports writer who decides to give up city live and move to the quaint New England town of Redbud, Vermont to write a crime novel. He's accompanied by his wife played by Madolyn Smith.
Well in classic Murphy's law, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. They get to their new house and find that their furniture is late arriving, they have no phone, their mailman is a nut who tosses the mail out as he speeds by, and they have a body buried on their property.
Chase tries to acclimate himself to the new townfolk by filling in in a fishing contest...promptly hooking one of his partners in the neck with the fishing hook. In an attempt to remove the hook Chase punches the hapless man to try and knock him out. This prompts one of the other men to say, "you're not knocking him out, you're just beating the Sh*t out of him!"
Throughout, Chase battles the crazed mailman as well as the rest of the nutty townfolk who are like demented members of Hooterville.
Later they decide and sell their dreamhouse and offer to pay the townspeople to act normal for just one day to impress the prospective buyers. They put on a show right out of a Norman Rockwell painting as its now during the Christmas season. funny stuff.
Chase is at his finest as the put upon writer, becoming slightly more crazed himself with everyday he spends in redbud. The townspeople are tremendous.
Pick this one up
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad title, good film, September 27, 2001
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This review is from: Funny Farm (1988) (DVD)
Didn't the producers know that comedies with the word "funny" in the title often don't do well at the box office? Add to that a horrible print campaign (Chevy Chase with a cracked egg on his face), and it's not hard to see why this movie bombed. And that's too bad, because I think this is one of Chevy Chase's best movies.
This is a classic "fish out of water" movie, with the twist being that it's not the fish that's bad, it's the water. Chase and his wife try to escape the crazy life of the city by moving to the country, only to find that life on the farm is not all it's cracked up to be. Think Norman Rockwell after smoking five joints!
The tone of this movie is more laid back than the Vacation series and other Chase movies, but easily finds its own pace. Probably the last really funny movie that Chevy Chase made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars movie to see over and over again, April 2, 2000
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This review is from: Funny Farm [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Funny Farm is a movie I get out when I want to see something light and funny. I have watched this movie at least 25 times. It is interesting why I watch it over and over again. Perhaps it is the simple story and the pureness of the theme. Perhaps it is the lady who gets her first story published. Perhaps it is because I see myself in this movie. The only offensive part is when Chevy Chase swears saying God_____. Oh how unnecessary that was. Worth buying in this world full of awful movies and certainly better than watching television with all it's doom and gloom. I think most people are great individuals and this movie makes that statement too. too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Farm is good comedy, February 6, 2003
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This review is from: Funny Farm (1988) (DVD)
Just picked up the DVD today of funny farm, I watched the movie a dozen times on TV and always wanted to get the DVD, can't wait to see the great picture and sound it presents. A funny little film about a writer who travels to the town of Redbud, Vermont buys a home right in the middle of the country, to write his novel. When Andy Farmer & his wife enter red bud the chaos starts and the comedy begins. Own Funny Farm on DVD it's a keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 3 -- Funny Farm 10, July 29, 2002
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I am really frustrated this is not in widescreen format taking full advantage of the gorgeous cinematography. All the characters are perfectly cast. You don't have to be a Chevy Chase fan to love him as Andy; it is the best acting he has ever done. Madolyn Smith is simply wonderful as the only character centered in reality while all the quirky and charming characters in this movie, her husband included, live in another world altogether. After Andy repeatedly waxes rhapsodic about settlers 100 years ago to romanticize one screw-up after the other, she finally smacks him in the forehead with her palm claiming it was a mosquito. When she has a children's book published, she plays her husband lovingly like a finely-tuned instrument, stroking his dented ego, telling him the main character (a squirrel named Andy)is a tribute to him and that he was her inspiration, not admitting little Andy gets hit by a truck at the end of the first book, until after he warms to the idea that she, not he, actually wrote a book and lets her have his typewriter and desk. Of course he unravels anyway, leading to the hi-lite -- the entire town turning into a Norman Rockwell scene to help the Farmers sell their home... no, not to help the Farmers, but for the $50 promised to each townsperson who participates ("cue the deer"). What makes this so good is that it's not over the top; it's simply charming. When I want to relax and escape to a warm, funny, and really beautiful place (I want that house, property, and the two ducks!) I replay this movie and never tire of it.
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