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For Richer or Poorer (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 12 December 1997 (USA)
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A real estate hustler and his wife hide from the IRS among the Amish.


Bryan Spicer
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Brad Sexton
Kirstie Alley ... Caroline Sexton
Jay O. Sanders ... Samuel Yoder
Michael Lerner ... Phil Kleinman
Wayne Knight ... Bob Lachman
Larry Miller ... IRS Insp. Derek Lester
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... IRS Insp. Frank Hall
Megan Cavanagh ... Levinia Yoder
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Henner Lapp
Carrie Preston ... Rebecca Yoder
Ethan Phillips ... Jerry - Good Guys Realty
John Caponera John Caponera ... Dave - Good Guys Realty
Katie Moore Katie Moore ... Anna Yoder
Bobby Steggert ... Samuel Yoder Jr.
Michael Angarano ... Sammy Yoder


The incredibly rich, but miserable New York couple, Brad and Caroline Sexton, got framed by their accountant, and fled from the IRS to the one place where no one would look for them: Amish country. Now they've got to do their best to blend in, and learn how to love all over again. Written by LIIT

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual innuendo and one use of strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


When Brad enters the store looking for a phone, he says "I Come In Peace." This was one of the catchphrases used by Tim Allen's character Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story (1995). See more »


When Caroline and her friends are talking in the cafe, and Cynthia says, "You're so lucky not to have a pre-nup," she has a champagne glass in her hand. We see her then finishing off her champagne, but she never puts it down. In the next shot, her glass is on the table, we see her hand take it off the table, she drinks from it again, then she puts it down. See more »


Caroline Sexton: [screaming as she is sitting in a pile of manure surrounded by cows] BRAD! BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!
Brad Sexton: What? Quiet. Those cows will jump on you.
Caroline Sexton: [shrieks] They will?
Brad Sexton: [rolls his eyes] Stay there. I'll be right back.
Caroline Sexton: What do you mean, "stay here", Br...
[squishes her hands right in a pile of cow waste. wails]
Caroline Sexton: Eeeeeeeeeuuuuwww, I have COW POOP ON ME!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show funny outtakes and deleted scenes cut for time. See more »


References Witness (1985) See more »


Bending the Strings
Written by Allen Shelton, Jim Eanes
Performed by Allen Shelton
Courtesy of Global Licensing, Inc.
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User Reviews

Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley. Hardly A Match Made in Heaven
25 November 2006 | by possumopossumSee all my reviews

Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley made one of the most mismatched couples I have ever seen, but that was the beauty of this movie, and the key to why it was so funny. They played off of each other very well. I also liked the fact that it didn't bash religion the way a lot of movies do nowadays, and that it won out at the end of the day.

My only complaint about this movie was the scene where they spent the night sleeping in a cow pasture. Kirstie Alley was either very distracted or had to have her nose cut off not to notice until early the next morning that she was sleeping in cow manure. Whoever wrote that script obviously didn't spend much time in the country. To him (or her), I say if you're standing or sleeping in the middle of cow manure, you would notice it right away. Kirstie Alley is a Kansas girl. I'm surprised she didn't take the writers to task over this.

Otherwise, this was a pretty upbeat, pretty funny movie. (I guess Big John was saying in horsease "I don't think so, Tim."). Seven out of ten for this one.

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Release Date:

12 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Richer or Poorer See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,015,970, 14 December 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | DTS-Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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