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The Beverly Hillbillies Reviews

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½ June 29, 2016
C'mon, it pays homage to the original series! Of course, it's not perfect, okay, it's really stupid! But you know what? They have fun with the material that they are working with, and that's what makes it enjoyable!
April 7, 2016
"The Beverly Hillbillies" is a zany, family-friendly film adaptation of the iconic 1960's tv show of the same name. I use the term family-friendly in a loose sense because the film pushes the boundaries enough that it does not have a clear target audience. The slapstick comedy is entertaining for all ages and the PG-rating/limited amount of profanity are a strong indicator of a family film; still, the running gag of the country characters mistakenly giving the middle finger to city folk will leave parents with a challenging explanation for their kids. The critics hated it but it has an enormous appeal for older fans of the original and captures the style of the original in a modern setting. It makes great use of fast-motion and the Clampetts' ignorance toward modern conveniences like intercoms and pool tables creates laughs from start to finish. Most of the film's issues lie in its overly-cheesy script, though its light tone could be a result of the film's family-friendly target audience. The casting crew still managed to successfully replicate the characters from the original series. Jim Varney (of "Ernest" fame) is a no-brainer for Jed, Diedrich Bader is great as Jethro (and even greater as Jethrine), Cloris Leachman has the perfect comedic timing as Granny, and Erika Eleniak captures the tomboyishness and beauty of Elly May. New characters are played by Lily Tomlin and Rob Schneider, but I believe that the best performance in this entire film comes from Lea Thompson. Her French accent is magnifique and she convincingly plays her role within a role. One of the smartest decisions in this film was to give a cameo to Buddy Ebsen (the original Jed Clampett), but to incorporate him as his other classic character, detective Barnaby Jones. "The Beverly Hillbillies" has some great comedic moments and clever one-liners, but it will fall short of expectations for fans of the original series and will seem incoherent for everybody else.
½ January 25, 2016
Could of been so much better!
½ January 2, 2016
Many thank this movie would be a dumb, cartoon-like movie based on the tv show. I haven't seen the show at all, so I can't compare and contrast.

But I can tell you that the movie started out as it was suppose to, "Crazy hillbillies cause shenanigans upon people of urban California" but then it spirals into a confusing mess, with buisness talk and hostages etc., not something you would expect from a comedy with rednecks. In the second half, you don't see the hillbilly family until the big climax.

Although not a terrible movie, it certainly derails itself too many times to be considered a good movie.
November 12, 2015
The Beverly Hillbillies is, in a suitable word, messy. Based off an old sitcom that's already not too funny, the film adaptation is full of cliches and dumb hillbilly jokes - it tries way too hard and only achieves the stupidity of it all.
The hickish Clampett family strikes oil while patriarch Jed Clampett is shooting, making billions off of their discovery and moving to the lavish Beverly Hills, trusting a group of money hungry bank owners and sneaky thieves as they adjust slowly to urban life.
The Beverly Hillbillies reminds me a lot of The Brady Bunch Movie - a film based off of a popular 60s and respectively 70s sitcom that pokes fun at its oldness and content rather than pay a modern day big screen homage. The performances are overdone comedically, Jethro and Lily Tomlin got annoying pretty fast, Jim Varney wasn't bad out of any of the main actors but only had one real emotion to test in the film and it wasn't his usual comedic element. The plot is full of classic get rich scheme cliches - see it once, see it forever. The jokes are full of hillbilly lifestyle parodies - from animals running loose to the Clampetts' wide dysfunctional family, the jokes get old fast. The premise really isn't that funny either, for a film that relies on a clever and funny overall premise, it only achieves the clever aspect. The Beverly Hillbillies adds to the long list of TV to film adaptations better left unmentioned.
November 1, 2015
A goofy comedy with a predictable and clichà (C)d plot but a very good cast. Surprisingly, half of the jokes work and are very funny.
October 21, 2015
Could have been a lot better, given the spot-on casting, but ends up falling flat on its slacked jaw
October 14, 2015
Sorry. I kind of enjoyed it, hokey as it was.
July 26, 2015
should be Beverly Sillibillies
½ April 8, 2015
Did they really need to bring to the big screen an overrated TV show?????
½ March 28, 2015
I think this is one of the most laziest movies ever made. A family of field completely ignorant about how rich they are, great idea for a "comedy". 1/10
February 17, 2015
A funny but predictable remake of the hit tv show. Jim Varney and Lily Tomlin give excellent portrayals of Jed and Ms. Hathaway.
½ August 10, 2014
(First and only viewing - 12/30/2008)
½ July 17, 2014
A deeply atrocious excuse for a comedy. This movie adaptation of the 60s sitcom tried to do what The Brady Bunch Movie did except The Brady Bunch Movie did it so much better. There is roughly about 10% of funny moments and the rest of the 90% of the movie is mainly dead air. One of the worst.
½ July 4, 2014
Is it dumb? Sure, it is. But it's also kinda fun. It's worth it just for the crazy shenanigans of Cloris Leachman and Lilly Tomlin. But the humor is definitely crude.
May 31, 2014
Obviously not an Oscar-winning movie, but some really funny moments.
April 28, 2014
Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World (1992) and The Little Rascals (1994)), this modern updating of the classic TV series created by Paul Henning which ran between 1962 and 1971. This film adaptation had been in development for years, and had switched studios a couple of times before it did, and it's not as bad as it's reputation precedes it, but it could have been a lot worse, and better for that matter. In rural Arkansas, Jed Clampett (Jim Varney) discovers a gusher of crude oil on his land. Ozark Mountain Oil offer Jed $1 billion for his land. After a little uncertainty, Jed agrees, and with his new found wealth, moves his family, including daughter Elly May (Erika Eleniak), nephew Jethro (Diedrich Bader) and mother-in-law Granny (Cloris Leachman) to a new life in Los Angeles. Where they're greeted by bank manager Milburn Drysdale (Dabney Coleman) and his assistant Miss Jane Hathaway (Lily Tomlin), however bank employee Woodrow Tyler (Rob Schneider) and his girlfriend Laura Jackson (Lea Thompson) want to get the Clampett's money for themselves. It is a very silly comedy, with the sort of purile humour that's usually reserved for those horrible movie spoofs you get these days. However, the film works, and it doesn't outstay it's welcome either. It does seem a bit rushed in places, but it was filmed, edited and released within 8 months at the time.
½ December 1, 2013
The TV series was all right. But the movie just sucked.
October 5, 2013
I didn't expect this to be good. I have really never watched the TV series because I find it insufferable, so I expected to find little of any interest here. What I didn't expect was to find the talented actors in the cast coasting quite this badly. Dabney Coleman, Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman are unbelievably terrible ... each of them hits a single note and just rides it throughout the film. A special mention goes to Diedrich Bader for being so unbelievably godawful here that the subsequent death of his career doesn't feel like punishment enough. The one (surprising) saving grace is Jim Varney, who actually turns in a restrained and somewhat thoughtful performance.
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