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on 12 January 2015
Essential television viewing in the early 1960s, the original series of The Beverly Hillbillies was treated to a revamp with this movie filmed in 1993. The studio appointed Penelope Spheeris as the project's Director, hot on the heels of her runaway success with the previous year's surprise smash Wayne's World. At one point it seemed that the movie might become the pilot for a new TV series, but in the end that didn't materialise - a shame because there was some fine acting and great character performances that worked their way into this movie. The plot closely mirrors the original series, with an unsophisticated rural family discovering oil deposits under their land, which makes them into overnight multi-multi-millionaires, so they up sticks and relocate to Beverly Hills. On arrival they acclimatise to their new situation and surroundings, whilst constantly being targeted by no-good types intent on fleecing them out of their fortune. Overall, the film has a warm and gentle comic style, with various set-piece scenes that are linked by strong character development. By the time the film's end arrived, I was able to feel a strong connection to all the main characters and would happily have seen them in further escapades. The ensemble cast worked well together, and also had opportunities to each show their individual skills. The pacing was good throughout, there were some nice sets and costumes, and everything looked good on screen.
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In my opinion didn't quite reach the mark of the original. It's always hard to follow a classic and the engaging cast do a really good job. The original humour is there to with the 'cement pond' and the pool rests as 'pot passers'. However, due to the constraints of the movie, these are never really explained in context. So unless you have watched the original series, a lot of humour is lost.
If this had gone on to become a TV follow on, as I believe was originally intended, I certainly would have watched.
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on 7 February 2016
I was looking forward to seeing this film as the premise of a bunch of likeable hillbillies suddenly becoming immensely wealthy and thrust into a world of greedy ruthless city types offers a lot of comic potential. Sadly the film disappointed. This is a sitcom padded out to 90 minutes. The original sitcom series worked brilliantly in the 30 minute slot but for a film you need a 'big idea'. It's not enough to simply show a series of misunderstandings as a result of the main protagonists' naivety and lack of big city sophistication. There are some good jokes and the performances can't be faulted but as in the case of most successful sitcoms stretched out to 90 minute films, it ultimately disappoints. It simply doesn't fit what worked in the original TV format. If you ever get a chance to watch the original with the great Buddy Ebsen, go for it.
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on 7 September 2014
Excellent film- 90 odd minutes of pure mindless entertainment. Great casting choices and genuinely funny lines and scenes without resorting to either gross out or lewd humor. Highly recommended
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on 3 December 2007
watched this film the first time and have watched it many more times.
Lea Thompson is great being a coniving woman after all the money the hill billies have got.
Watch it once and you'll watch it again
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on 27 April 2009
was really pleased with this product, was nice to remenice about the good old days and proper television
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on 9 April 2015
Quite Amazing...far better than was expected from a "re-make".

Once you get involved, just as good as the original really!
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on 15 December 2013
Saw it when i was younger makes me laugh every time, One of my favorite films and will be watching it quite a few times i expect
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on 12 May 2014
Very funny, worth buying for a cheesy laugh about rich hillbillies that try to get robbed for their money in Beverly Hills
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on 25 March 2013
Old oldie but goodie. Classics never go out of style and this one is as good today as it was back in the 90's.
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