City Slickers (1991)


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Critic Consensus: With a supremely talented cast and just enough midlife drama to add weight to its wildly silly overtones, City Slickers uses universal themes to earn big laughs.

Movie Info

Mitch is unhappy with being middle-aged and decides to go on a cattle run as a vacation. A rough and tough cowboy Curly shows Mitch a few things about himself, including what it is that's most important to him. Original comedy with some very funny moments.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Western, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 1999
Columbia Pictures


as Mitch Robbins

as Phil Berquist

as Ed Furillo

as Barbara Robbins

as Bonnie Rayburn

as Clay Stone

as Cookie

as Barry Shalowitz

as Ira Shalowitz

as Ben Jessup

as Steve Jessup

as T.R.

as Arlene Berquist

as Mitch's Mom

as Mitch's Dada

as Arlene Berquist

as Millie Stone

as Holly Robbins

as Mrs. Green

as Daniel Robbins

as 2nd Kid

as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for City Slickers

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Thankfully, Crystal is more than willing to hog the screen with his whining, impressions, and glorious chemistry with Palance, whose entire performance is based around inconsistent levels of exhaling.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011

Lassos midlife-crisis laughs; teens and up.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

ultimately harmless

Full Review… | June 22, 2008

A comedy that was and is ambitious and counterintuitive.

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Slant Magazine

The movie begins as a mildly amusing comedy about spoiled city brats taking a cattle drive before turning into a serio and predictable tale about mid-life crisis and male camaraderie.

Full Review… | June 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for City Slickers


An absolute classic that's too corny once in a while, but only because it's playing with conventions of the cowboy genre (baked beans, singalongs, cattle drives, Jack Palance, etc.). Billy Crystal is not one of my favourite actors, but we see a real growth in him as he pulls himself out of a midlife crisis along with his two lifelong best friends on a two-week trip during which they take a herd of cattle from New Mexico to Colorado. A real "Guy Movie," in a sense, and Jack Palance as Curly - same nickname as the violent rancher in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, by the way - fully deserved his Best Supporting Actor Oscar, walking the line between playing it straight and completely camping it up. Great, fun film, highly recommend.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Three friends in a mid-life crisis goes on a Wild West adventure together, to re-ignite their lost passions for life. This isn't really a Western movie in the classic sense though, but more like a fish-out-of-water comedy, with influences from said genre. It does have the same feel of one, however, and is one of the most enjoyable films of its kind. Billy Crystal is hilarious with his sarcasm and cynical sense of humor, and together with Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby they make up a really fun trio. You'll also find Jake Gyllenhaal in a very young role here. Not to mention Jack Palance, who is very memorable as Curly Washburn - an old legendary cowboy who oozes intimidation. If there was ever a contest for most bad-ass cowboy in cinema, it would be a close race between him and Clint Eastwood. Long story short: a highly entertaining movie, and one of my all-time favourite Westerns.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

Totally strange, although I really enjoy Billy Crystal Movies I have trouble with this Movie. Everyone says it is funny, I watched it couple of times, okay it is funny but not funny "Laugh your Buttocks off." It is just a chuckle thing for me.
I mean believe it or not I really tried my best and watched couple of times thought maybe I was too tired but it never amused me. It made me you know sort of tired chuckling.


Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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