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Black Sheep [Blu-ray]

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Meet Mike Donnelly (Chris Farley). He's one lovable, hilarious accident waiting to happen. Dedicated to helping his big brother Al (Tim Matheson) win the race for Washington State governor, he turns every opportunity for votes into an embarrassing disaster. Campaign aide and super slacker Steve Dodds (David Spade) volunteers to baby-sit Mike. Big mistake! When Mike discovers that the incumbent governor is a crook, he dives headfirst into a whole new level of well-intended destruction. Chris Farley and David Spade, the stars of Tommy Boy, once again show why they are "the comedy team of the '90s!" (Leo Quinones, KIIS-FM). Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World) and costarring Gary Busey, Black Sheep is "a crowd-pleaser directed with maximum energy!" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times). Featuring an electrifying performance by super Seattle band Mudhoney!

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  • Actors: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson, Christine Ebersole, Gary Busey
  • Directors: Penelope Spheeris
  • Writers: Fred Wolf
  • Producers: C.O. Erickson, Dinah Minot, Eric Newman, Lorne Michaels, Robert K. Weiss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001S86J3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Sheep [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Chris Farley was a comic genius, and this film amply shows why and why he is sorely missed. As the brother of a gubernatorial candidate, he tries to help his brother's campaign, but most every attempt backfires. Sent off to the backwoods to keep him out of the way, his misadventures continue. There he pairs up with another character played by David Spade, and the two make a swell comic duo. They meet up with a carload reminiscent of DELIVERANCE. Their cabin plummets down a landslide after the balance of a balanced rock is upset in a most unlikely way. And they meet up with a crazed survivalist-type neighbor played by Gary Busey. Some of these events will all play out to make for the final resolution when they finally return to civilization. On that return, the movie's peak of zaniness is reached in an episode involving a car with a nitrous oxide booster. This underrated movie is a must for all fans of the farcical comedy genre, and a bittersweet tribute to one who shone briefly but brightly therein.
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Chris Farley is a martyr to the comedy world. He was the best drag queen ever, and he was not afraid to fall down. It's a shame that he was succumbed to a drug overdose on December 18, 1997 and was found dead in his apartment. Do yourself a favor and don't do drugs. They f**k you up. Also donate to the Chris Farley Foundation, which is run by Farley's two brothers. Comedy is good for you, drugs aren't.

Anyways, "Black Sheep" is hilarious. Yes, David Spade returns as Steve to babysit clumsy oaf Mike Donnelhy (Farley) while Mike's brother, Al, runs for Washington state governor. The movie really gets rolling when Steve and Mike stay at a lodge in the woods of Washington. When a boulder rolls down and hits the house, making it slide down the grade, everything moves, except the refrigerator, which is held in by the plug, until it is unplugged and slammed against Mike, who then says, "I've got a bowl of chocolate pudding down my pants." Steve responds, "We didn't have any pudding in there."

Another crackup is when Mike calls top bunk, but in the middle of the night, the roof blows off and it hails inside. While Mike is being pelted by hail, Steve laughs and teases him by mimicing, "I call top bunk." Pretty soon, the top bunk lands on Steve.

I don't want to spoil the movie any more than I did, but you need to watch this for yourself. Get the other movies with Chris Farley in them, even Billy Madison and Dirty Work. Those are also crackups, and Norm MacDonald stars in both.
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Man, this film is just beaten down for no reason. Critics needed something to savage. PRETENSION is the name of the game here. Some of these critics should be embarrassed at some of the films they rate so highly. I think one of the worst films I have EVER seen, Elysium--and mind you I don't look to watch bad films--is sitting at almost 70% on RT. Riiiiiiiight. Yet even Tommy Boy was drowned in a bunch of negative and wholly irrational reviews. Not even over 50% on that site.

The film Black Sheep was indeed rushed and appropriated because of the more masterful and successful Tommy Boy. Siskel said he walked out of the theater lol. But when you get down to it the film is just a normal slapstick comedy and it includes Farley, one of the best at his profession. He is a warm presence for me. And sometimes that is enough. Many I guess disagree, and I am not sure for what reason. For one thing I saw Siskel and his brethren rate many TERRIBLE films much higher than this, and many great films along the same lines. I don't really trust critics and never have because my own critical thinking skills are very high. If you can't laugh at any of this I wouldn't even want to know you for one. How can you be so lame as to not even admit this is funny in parts?

What I cannot agree with I guess is that this film is bad. If this film is bad then so are a whole host of other comedies highly ranked in the canon. What and the heck divides this from films like Bridesmaids? Oh, I forgot the feminist movement is in full swing and it's okay as long as it's really popular to like. But not Farley. Oh man, what did these people think of when A&C and Three Stooges were on air? Apparently that was high-brow comedy of the first order LOL.
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Black Sheep picks up right where Tommy Boy left off with the amazing comic pairing of Chris Farley and David Spade. This is another of the better movies to come from the cast of Saturday Night Live. I really miss seeing Farley and Spade together on film...

Most people I know place this movie second to Tommy Boy, which makes some sense, I suppose, but it has just as many laughs. The scenes with Farley and Spade together in the log cabin are priceless and hilarious.
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As the title of this review suggests, this is a vintage Chris Farley and David Spade movie. These two worked together very well as a comedy team and it shows in this movie. While this movie shares a remarkably large amount of its content with "Tommy Boy", one cannot be too surprised because this is the type of humor that existed back when this was released.

Because this is the type of humor I enjoyed back in the 90s and even through today, this movie holds a special appeal to me. Not everyone is going to like this type of movie as it is filled with Chris Farley yelling a lot and David Spade dealing with one blunder after another from Farley's character. The reason I give this 5 stars is simply because, for a comedy at its time, it stands out and is very easily remembered.

If you are looking for a light-hearted comedy with plenty of unfortunate situations, this would be a movie that should show up on that list. It will entertain you over the years as it has done for me and the type of comedy on display does not lose its humor as the years pass by.
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