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Funny Farm (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 3 June 1988 (USA)
A couple swap city life for the country, but their picturesque new hometown turns out to be overrun with a gauntlet of crazy inhabitants.

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Storyline

When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of the country to write the Great American Novel. From the moment the movers' truck gets lost with their furniture, though, there's little peace and less quiet. From a manical mailman to a dead body buried in the garden, Andy is distracted by the town and its wacky inhabitants. His effort at a novel is mediocre, at best, and he's threatened by Elizabeth's foray into writing when she attempts a children's book. Can the Farmers survive the townsfolk and each other? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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Chevy Chase finds life in the country isn't what it's cracked up to be!

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras y desventuras de un yuppie en el campo  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,537,221 (USA)
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Trivia

The NYC building that Andy and Elizabeth move out from in the beginning of the film is The Apthorp Building. Residents have included Nora Ephron, Al Pacino, Conan O'Brien, Cyndi Lauper, and Rosie O'Donnell. The average apartment price is $6.5 million. See more »

Goofs

The 1955 MG TF1500 that Andy drives does not show reverse lights. This option was not standard equipment, but would have been required for the car to pass state inspection. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Farmer: What's going on, Andy...? You're sinking into a pit of self-pity, defeatism, and alcohol... and you're enjoying it!
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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont)
Performed by Redbud Choir
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One of Our Favorite Comedies
30 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best Chevy Chase comedies there is. The script in intelligent, his co star, Madolyn Smith, is wonderful and she and Chase have fantastic chemistry. The plot involves Andy and Elizabeth Farmer (get it?) who move from the city to small town Vermont so that he can write a book. They plan to start a family, but first, they have to get used to the eccentric people they are surrounded by. I have watched this movie at least a dozen times, and I still laugh out loud. We just bought the DVD (had the VHS but sold it a while back), and we're having fun introducing this hilarious movie to our kids. They love it too! This is a great, funny, sweet little film that more people should see.


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