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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some people are oblivious and hurt others because of that failing.
Positive Role Models
A man is insulting and defensive when his wife tells him his writing is terrible. He later apologizes. A man having trouble fulfilling his publisher's deadlines gives an editor a copy of his wife's manuscript, pretending he's written it.
Violence & Scariness
The violence is played for comedy. A wife slams her husband in the face when she sees a mosquito on him. A man falls over the bottom part of a Dutch door. A heavy moving truck cracks the wooden road of a covered bridge and the bridge falls down. A man kisses his wife and drives off the road, sustaining a broken arm. A man casts his fishing line and hooks a fellow fisherman in the neck. That man tries to strangle him. A man is knocked off a moving motorboat. A drunk and "pissed off" postman repeatedly drives fast and recklessly down a narrow road, refusing to swerve away from a pedestrian. A coffin, buried under a front lawn, is dug up. A dog digs up a human skeletal part. A catcher in a softball game is hit in the head by a swinging batter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple refer to "horsing around." They kiss.
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"S--t," "damn," "hell," " jackass," "bitch," "piss," "bastard," and "testicles."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man takes to drinking straight from the bottle in the middle of the day when he can't write his novel.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in the 1988 comedy Funny Farm, city people move to the country out of the mistaken assumption that the relocation will simplify and improve their lives. Comedy results. The humor is broad and includes a man getting a fish hook lodged in his neck, a boulder crashing into a car, a man driving off the road and breaking his arm, and the dog digging up human skeletal pieces. A man takes to drinking during the day as he struggles to write. Language includes "s--t" and "testicles." Two married people like to "horse around." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie isn't especially funny unless you love watching Chevy Chase repeat schtick that by 1988 was pretty tired. He falls out of a moving motorboat. He catches a snake and, out of unconvincing fear, wraps his fishing line around himself. From the earliest moments, it feels utterly predictable that Elizabeth will finish her own book and have it accepted by a publisher before the self-satisfied Andy can even finish a first draft, and the fact that Funny Farm's plot actually does go there feels disappointing and cliché-ridden.
Once the pair decide to divorce and sell their place, the final 18-minute sequence comes out of nowhere. Andy and Elizabeth offer to pay the townsfolk to act friendlier. What they really want is for the locals to act like characters out of a Hallmark greeting card, full of neighborly concern, false warmth and coziness, and unearthly Christmas spirit, in order to lure unsuspecting prospective buyers to clinch a deal on the house. This feels strained and stupid. One good scene comes out of this plot twist, in fact -- the only funny moment in the whole movie: The maniac postman (played with fiendish delight by an uncredited Kevin Conway) knocks on the door at a crucial moment and frightens Andy with his unpredictably good behavior. Still, this isn't enough to save this tired comedy; there are far better comedies out there.
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