Funny Farm

Chevy Chase tones down his goofy shtick, moves to the country with wife Madolyn Smith and has an occasional humorous encounter or two with the locals in Funny Farm. As pleasant yuppie comedies go, this is about par.

With:
Chevy Chase Madolyn Smith Kevin O'Morrison Joseph Maher Jack Gilpin Brad Sullivan

Chevy Chase tones down his goofy shtick, moves to the country with wife Madolyn Smith and has an occasional humorous encounter or two with the locals in Funny Farm. As pleasant yuppie comedies go, this is about par.

Chase is a sportswriter with ambitions as a novelist. The wife is a schoolteacher with no other apparent ambitions, except initially to make the clapboard home cozy with chintz and antiques from the local shop of nearby Redbud.

Along with the fact that Chase suffers from writer’s block and then when he does manage to crank it out, his wife lets him know it’s awful, none of the townsfolk are even friendly. This really goads him and he takes to the bottle.

Director George Roy Hill shows little distinction with this material [from Jay Cronley’s book], but then again, the material here isn’t very distinctive. Some of the setups work better than others, though most are of the sitcom variety.

Funny Farm

Production: Warner. Director George Roy Hill; Producer Robert I. Crawford; Screenplay Jeffrey Boam; Camera Miroslav Ondricek; Editor Alan Heim; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director Henry Bumstead

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Chevy Chase Madolyn Smith Kevin O'Morrison Joseph Maher Jack Gilpin Brad Sullivan

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