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Funny Farm (1988)

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Funny Farm (DVD)

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.

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith, Joseph Maher, Jack Gilpin, Brad Sullivan
  • Directors: George Roy Hill
  • Writers: Jeffrey Boam
  • Producers: Robert L. Crawford, Patrick Kelley, Bruce Bodner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (857 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790740044
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Funny Farm (1988)" on IMDb

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 17, 2003
Format: 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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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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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.
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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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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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