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Black Sheep (1996)

 -  Comedy  -  2 February 1996 (USA)
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A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

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Comedy about the prospective Washington State Governor Al Donnelly whose only stumbling block on the road to power is his embarrassing younger brother Mike. To keep him out of mischief, Al forces one of his aides, Steve Dodds to keep an eye on him during the election. However, this is easier said than done... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Rated PG-13 for crude language and humor, drug-related material and sexual innuendo | See all certifications »

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2 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Black Sheep - Schwarzes Schaf mit weißer Weste  »

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$32,377,000 (USA)
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During the opening gubernatorial campaign speech by Al Donnely, he says the line "if I got the same welcome everywhere I went that I got here in my home town, my candidacy would be a lock," adding a large emphasis the word 'lock'. The democratic front runner for governor in Washington State at the time of filming was Gary Locke (D), who went on to win the seat. This may have been an intentional nod to the democratic candidate by the filmmakers. See more »

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When the boulder hits the cabin, the refrigerator moves forward, along with everything else, and the door flies open. When Mike and Steve walk back inside the cabin, the refrigerator door is magically closed. See more »

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Governor Tracy: [Mike has just given evidence that Governor Tracy's campaign has committed voter fraud] Now hold on young man, there is a good explanation for all of this. Neuschwander?
Neuschwander: Actually, there is a very good explanation for this.
[Tracy smiles]
Neuschwander: She put us up to it.
Governor Tracy: [hushed] Would you shut up?
Neuschwander: It's all her!
Governor Tracy: [hushed] Shut up!
Neuschwander: Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
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An attention-hungry outcast
26 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Black Sheep reminds us of Tommy Boy, another Farley and Spade comedy, released in 1995 and inevitably suffers by comparison. While continuing to elaborate and put emphasis on Farley and Spade's impressive chemistry, the film lacks the fun and adventures had by both the men in Tommy Boy. This is another entry in the "maximum antics, minimum laughter" genre of comedy where a film gets to caught up in over-the-top, slapsticky antics that it forgets in order to be acceptable they have to be funny.

Somehow, that just doesn't register with Black Sheep. It continues the same tired antics we saw previously in Tommy Boy. Some of the funniest scenes are when Chris Farley and David Spade are just having a calm talk, but with Farley's persona you can tell how rare those moments are.

The story seems to have tried its absolute hardest to distance itself from the formula of Tommy Boy, but it doesn't completely. Mike Donnelly (Farley) is the brother of Al Donnelly (Matheson), who is running for governor of Washington. Mike is told to help campaign for Al, but as you can expect, he can't stop running into goofy situations. Not to mention, Mike keeps finding ways to get into trouble by either getting his picture taken near a recreational center fire or holding a beer and a marijuana joint, further jeopardizing his brother's plans of winning.

To prevent any mishaps from his brother, Al hires Steve Dodds (Spade), a giddy man hoping to take a place on Al's staff after the election. Mike and Steve then go out to a remote cabin in the middle of nowhere, and, do I even need to continue? Penelope Spheeris, who directed Wayne's World, doesn't provide the same care and attention to Black Sheep as she did that fantastic rock comedy. But it's the writing that fails the film the most. In Tommy Boy (there I go again), the funny thing was David Spade's Richard character was actually smarter and more intellectual than Farley's Tommy character. In Black Sheep, David Spade's Steve acts as an intellectual, when he isn't much sharper than the crayon he he picks on.

Black Sheep is cute, but sour in more places that I would've liked. The plot is tired, the antics are rowdy but only a few funny, and no one looks optimistic about the performance of the project.

Starring: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson, and Gary Busey. Directed by: Penelope Spheeris.


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