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Funny Farm [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Chevy Chase , Madolyn Smith Osborne , George Roy Hill    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Kevin O'Morrison, Joseph Maher, Jack Gilpin
  • Directors: George Roy Hill
  • Writers: Jay Cronley, Jeffrey Boam
  • Producers: Bruce Bodner, Patrick Kelley, Robert Crawford Jr.
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790740044
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,356 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Chase/Smith/Maher/Gilpin/Sulli ~ Funny Farm (1988)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chase classic!! 1 Dec 2003
If you have seen the other great Chevy Chase offerings (Vacation, European Vacation and Christmas Vacation being excellent examples) then this film is right up your street!
Save the comedy and the usual madcap situations that are trademark traits of a Chevy Chase film, this truly is a heartwarming little tale about a retiring sports writer who moves to the country to find the novel inside.
As always the best laid plans fall to pieces and the novel is the least of Chevy's worries! Psychotic postmen, bodies in the garden, run-away dogs and that is just the beginning!
This film is a true comedy gem if overlooked at times.
Another excellent Chevy Chase classic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY DARN FUNNY... 31 Mar 2003
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This is definitely one of the better Chevy Chase vehicles, as it does not go too far off the beaten path and is handled with a lighter touch than many of his other films. It is funny, wry, and deftly humorous.
The plot is simple. A sportswriter from New York, Andy Farmer (Chevy Chase), and his wife, Elizabeth (Madolyn Smith-Osborne), decide to move to the country so that he can write his great American novel. They move to rural Redbud, Vermont, and instead of a bucolic, pastoral setting with friendly, kindly, country folk, they find snakes, a postman who maniacally drinks and drives, a sheriff who can't drive a car, a corpse in their back yard, and a whole slew of the weirder than weird.
Instead of writing the great American novel, Andy only manages to turn out some useless drivel, while Elizabeth turns out a charming children's book. This causes great friction between the two, and it looks as if their sojourn in the country, as well as their marriage, is to be a brief one. They decide to move back to New York and inveigle the entire town of Redbud to assist them in selling their house, by turning the town and its environs into a warm and cozy setting out of a Norman Rockwell painting. What happens next is quite funny.
Just about every one in the film is a little wacky, with the exception of Andy's wife, Elizabeth, who is the one sane, grounded character. Madolyn Smith-Osborne gives an excellent performance as the wife. She is a perfect comedic foil. Chevy Chase as Andy is well...Chevy Chase and, as always, funny. The supporting cast is likewise excellent and contribute to the many humorous moments in the film. All in all, this is an enjoyable comedy that is fun for the whole family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Christmas films. 27 Feb 2014
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Chevy Chase at his best. I watch this DVD over and over again and it always makes me laugh! I can highly recommend this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real Chevy Gem! 10 Feb 2014
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the 1980's was the best decde for Chevy Chase. Imbetween two great Fletch movies, Chase got together with Madolyn Smith and made this sleeper hit which even today 25 years on still makes me chuckle.

Andy Farmer (Chase) is a New York City sports writer who moves with his wife, Elizabeth (Smith) to the seemingly charming town of Redbud, Vermont, so he can write a novel. They do not get along well with the residents, and other quirks arise such as being given funeral bills for a long-dead man buried on their land long before they acquired the house. Marital troubles soon arise from the quirkiness of Redbud as well as the fact that Elizabeth was critical of Andy's manuscript, while secretly getting her ideas for children's books published. They soon decide to divorce and sell their home, enticing the town's residents with a $15,000 donation to Redbud, as well as a $50 cash bonus to whoever made a friendly impression toward their prospective home buyers. To that end, the citizens remake Redbud into a perfect Norman Rockwell-style town. Their charade dazzles a pair of prospective buyers, who make the Farmers an offer on the house; however, Andy declines to sell, realizing that he genuinely enjoys small-town living. He and Elizabeth decide to stay together in Redbud, much to the chagrin of the locals, who are now angry that they lost their promised money. Though the mayor does not hold the Farmers liable for the $15,000, as the sale of their house did not occur, Andy decides to pay everyone in Redbud their $50, which helps improve his standing among the townspeople. The film ends with Andy taking a job as a sports writer for the Redbud newspaper, and Elizabeth, now pregnant with their first child, has written multiple children's stories.

Although not a commercial success, this IS a refreshingly gentle and entertaingly affectionate comedy that Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel described as a "small miracle".
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