Funny Farm

1988

Funny Farm

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65%

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50%

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Chevy Chase stars as Andy Farmer, a sportswriter who moves with his schoolteacher wife Elizabeth (Madolyn Smith) to the country in order to write a novel in relative seclusion. Of course, seclusion is the last thing the Farmers find in the small, eccentric town, where disaster awaits them at every turn.

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Cast

Chevy Chase
as Andy Farmer
Madolyn Smith Osborne
as Elizabeth Farmer
Kevin O'Morrison
as Sheriff Ledbetter
Joseph Maher
as Michael Sinclair
Jack Gilpin
as Bud Culbertson
Caris Corfman
as Betsy Culbertson
Mike Starr
as Crocker
Dakin Matthews
as Marion Corey Jr.
Macintyre Dixon
as Mayor Barclay
William Severs
as Newspaper Editor
Alice Drummond
as Mrs. Dinges
William Newman
as Gus Lotterhand
Nicholas Wyman
as Dirk Criterion
Bill Fagerbakke
as Lon Criterion
William Duell
as Old Character
Helen Lloyd Breed
as Old Operator
Kit LeFevre
as Young Operator
Dennis Barr
as First Base Coach
Barbara Baker
as Woman in Stands
Steve Jonas
as Driving Instructor
Russell Bletzer
as Councilman
Steven John
as Caroler
Peter Boyden
as Reporter
Reg E. Cathey
as Reporter
Dan Desmond
as Reporter
Don Plumley
as Reporter
Mary Johnson
as Caroler
Brett Miller
as Teenager
Kit Le Fever
as Young Operator
Jamie Meyer
as Teenager
Paul Linke
as Caroler
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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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