Funny Farm 1988

Funny Farm

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Former sportswriter Andy Farmer (Chevy Chase) and his secretly aspiring author wife, Elizabeth (Madolyn Smith), move to a small farm in Vermont so Andy can focus on writing a novel. They quickly realize that the locals are not as welcoming as they'd like and that the farm is more distracting than inspiring. Having trouble with his manuscript, and with his marriage on the rocks, Andy is forced to take hilariously drastic measures in an attempt to get his life back on track.

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Chevy Chase
Andy Farmer
Madolyn Smith Osborne
Elizabeth Farmer
Kevin O'Morrison
Sheriff Ledbetter
Joseph Maher
Michael Sinclair
Jack Gilpin
Bud Culbertson
MacIntyre Dixon
Mayor Barclay
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Critic Reviews for Funny Farm

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Audience Reviews for Funny Farm

  • Mar 19, 2019
    Pretty cut-and-dried, fish-out-of-water story: "hilarity ensues when a city couple move out to the country." This has been done before, and very much better: "The Egg and I", "Mr.Blandings Builds His Dream House", or even the television show, "Green Acres". Very forgettable this.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2014
    Chevy Chase is off to the countryside for some home grown laughs in Funny Farm. Looking for the quiet life, the Farmers move to the small rural town of Redbud, but they soon discover that the town isn't as idyllic as they thought. Co-starring Madolyn Smith, the film features some impressive comedic talent. Chase and Smith prove to have great chemistry together as a city couple that's out of their element. And while a lot of jokes are stereotypical, (making fun of the backward ways of small towns) it works pretty well here. A good old fashioned comedy, Funny Farm is entertaining and fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2011
    Finally tracked this film down and caught one of the films I had only seen half. This was a very different Chase film and while I enjoyed it, I still think it could have been much better had it stuck to Chase's comedy strengths. The typical run of the mill comedy story where the guy and girl move to the country of weirdos and fall in love. The film is funny for the first half but they never interact with the town like they should have. I just expected the weirdness to be dialled up to 11 but they play it serious and for gentle laughs. The filmmakers overstretched here and needed to be more gentle with the overall film or go for craziness. The film lands in the middle and doesn't really work that well. Chase is good but looks bored, the film never has that laugh out loud moment. Good for a Chase movie but not the classic it could have been. THis should have been The Groundhogs Day of Chase's career. 18/08/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2011
    Seems there is a lot of division over this one, but for me the answer is clear: this is Chevy's 4th best comedy behind <i>Vacation, Fletch,</i> and <i>Christmas Vacation.</i> (Yes, better than <i>Spies Like Us, Caddyshack,</i> and <i>Three Amigos!</i>) Take a look at that list and let's pause for a moment in remembrance at what a comic giant he was in the 1980s, rivaled only by Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy for supremacy during the Reagan Years. This could have reached #3 if not for the change in direction during the final quarter with fewer gags and a focus on the deteriorating relationship with his wife Madolyn Smith (who gives a fine performance.) This section still works for me since the feelings are earnest but does affect the mood. Until then, there are a ton of great gags: the movers, the snake, the ducks, asking for directions, the softball game, the fishing competition, the crazy mailman, the coffin, the operators, the runaway dog simply called "Dog" because they hadn't had time to give him a name, and the sheriff who never passed the driving exam and rides in a taxi! Stupid title, funny movie.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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