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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.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

Jay Cronley (book), Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Andy Farmer
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Elizabeth Farmer (as Madolyn Smith)
Kevin O'Morrison ... Sheriff Ledbetter
Joseph Maher ... Michael Sinclair
Jack Gilpin ... Bud Culbertson
Caris Corfman Caris Corfman ... Betsy Culbertson
William Severs William Severs ... Newspaper Editor
Mike Starr ... Crocker
Glenn Plummer ... Mickey
William Duell William Duell ... Old Character
Helen Lloyd Breed Helen Lloyd Breed ... Old Operator
Kit Le Fever ... Young Operator (as Le Fevre)
Dakin Matthews ... Marion Corey Jr.
William Newman ... Gus Lotterhand
Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Ethel Dinges
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras y desventuras de un yuppie en el campo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,537,221
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of two 1988 movies starring Chevy Chase. The other was Caddyshack II (1988). Funny Farm was a minor hit, while Caddyshack II was a box-office bomb. Chase also cameoed in the box-office bomb The Couch Trip (1988). See more »

Goofs

As Elizabeth strolls along the shoreline waiting for Andy, we see a sweeping shot of the lake behind her. In the next cut, Andy is swimming to shore in an area of the lake that was clear of swimmers. See more »

Quotes

Andy Farmer: I want a Goddamn refund!
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Alternate Versions

To receive a PG certificate the 1989 UK video version was cut by 3 secs by the BBFC to remove one use of 'fuck you' and several uses of 'shit'. See more »

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Soundtracks

Deck The Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Performed by Redbud Band
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Great Addition To Chevy's 'Average Guy' Comedies
4 September 2003 | by BoccaDeVeritaSee all my reviews

While watching this movie, I realized that on several levels we live in a small town not much different from the Vermont one depicted. Our tourist town is located on a Channel Island in the Pacific, but the characters couldn't be more identical to those Chevy and wife deals with in the rural town they move to for serenity and quiet. Everyone tests their resolve to live in that community, and in failing to measure up to their standards, they are treated as outsiders. Once they understand the neighborhood peculiarities, everyone becomes acquainted, then accustomed to one another. While finding a common bond and learning to fit in, there is one silly misadventure after another. There are a lot of laughs in this movie that allow a person to stand back and realize that this is how small communities conduct themselves everywhere, and is a study in human behavior. Chevy's characters rarely make anything easy, which combined with a seemingly conservative personality has become his calling card.


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