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Funny Farm (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 3 June 1988 (USA)
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A couple swap city life for the country, but their picturesque new hometown turns out to be just a little bit different to what they were expecting.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Farmer (as Madolyn Smith)
Michael Sinclair
Jack Gilpin ...
Bud Culbertson
Caris Corfman ...
Betsy Culbertson
William Severs ...
Newspaper Editor
William Duell ...
Old Character
Helen Lloyd Breed ...
Old Operator
Kit Le Fever ...
Young Operator (as Le Fevre)
Marion Corey Jr.
Gus Lotterhand
Mrs. Ethel Dinges


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!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras y desventuras de un yuppie en el campo  »


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The kid who steals the street sign at the beginning of the movie was an extra from Windsor High School where a fair amount of the filming takes place. He is now a local cop. See more »


The cow that Andy moves away from is not the same cow that he photographed (missing collar). See more »


Andy Farmer: [Andy and Elizabeth are showing Redbud to prospective buyers Bud and Betsy after hiring the town to "act normal"] This is going to cost us a fortune!
Elizabeth Farmer: The fifty-dollar bonus was YOUR idea.
Andy Farmer: [smiling] Little slice of heaven, isn't it, Bud?
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My favorite Chevy Chase film!
10 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is my favorite Chevy Chase film for several reasons. Here they are: 1.) I love the scenery in the movie--Vermont, four distinct seasons, gorgeous Cape Cod house. 2.) I love and can totally relate to the story line. When I first saw this movie, I was in college and playing tennis on the tennis team. We traveled to a city where EVERYTHING went wrong--and, the people were just plain weird. I saw this movie, and I totally empathized with Andrew and Elizabeth Farmer! 3.) The humor in this movie is not over the top as it is with some of Chevy Chase's other films--everything is believable, and it's all very funny. 4.) I want a yellow dog!!! The yellow labrador in this movie will make you want one of your own! My only complaint with this film: The DVD version is not in Widescreen, and there are no special features. But, for $5.88 in the Wal-Mart cheap bin, YOU CANNOT GO WRONG. This is an excellent movie to watch over and over again.

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