Black Sheep

Black Sheep

4.0 7
Director: Penelope Spheeris

Cast: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson

     
 

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Handsome, smooth-talking Al Donnelly (Tim Matheson) has everything going for him. A politician, he is engaged in a heated gubernatorial race with the feisty Governor Tracy (Christine Ebersole), a tough old bird who doesn't hesitate to play hardball with opponents. Unfortunately for her, things are looking good for Donnelly. Fortunately she finds his Achilles' heel… See more details below

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Handsome, smooth-talking Al Donnelly (Tim Matheson) has everything going for him. A politician, he is engaged in a heated gubernatorial race with the feisty Governor Tracy (Christine Ebersole), a tough old bird who doesn't hesitate to play hardball with opponents. Unfortunately for her, things are looking good for Donnelly. Fortunately she finds his Achilles' heel with his young brother Mike Donnelly (Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Farley), a fat slob gym teacher and hopeless imbecile who only wants to win his more successful sibling's respect. Unfortunately all he does is embarrass poor Al to death. In desperation, Al assigns the sardonic and prissy Steve Dodds (David Spade) to keep Mike under constant surveillance. The real trouble begins when Tracy's aids try to frame hapless Mike for arson.

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As capable as Chris Farley was of going big -- and as frequently as he was asked to do so -- it's easy to forget that he could also tug at a viewer's heartstrings during his more delicate, emotional moments. Tommy Boy, his first collaboration with David Spade, got that balance right, making for an amiable underdog comedy and a surprise hit. This explains why basically the same ingredients were gathered together a year later for Black Sheep, a prime example of the theory that lightning doesn't strike twice. The big scenes are 25 percent dumber, the thoughtful scenes are 25 percent less touching, and the result is a movie that's only half as good. Farley is great at coming across as well-meaning, and the point of Black Sheep is supposed to be that he gets tripped up in his good intentions while trying to help his brother (Tim Matheson) campaign for governor. But Fred Wolf's script, his first of a smattering of undistinguished comedies, makes it difficult to keep forgiving Farley's Mike Donnelly, whose gaffes seem far more the result of his reckless foolishness than circumstantial bad luck. This culminates in a finale that's off the charts in terms of idiotic behavior, and finally gives the film its permanent separation from reality. The chemistry with Spade is not as good here either. Literally along for the ride in both films, which feature more than their share of wacky automobile shenanigans, Spade contributes less and irritates more. Black Sheep does get a funny supporting performance from the inimitable Gary Busey as an unhinged redneck veteran, but it's not enough. By following this up with Senseless, the appropriately titled Marlon Wayans vehicle that also featured Spade, director Penelope Spheeris became further distanced from the reflected glow of her work on Wayne's World.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929301720
Original Release:
1996
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Sales rank:
32,940

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Performance Credits
Chris Farley Mike Donnelly
David Spade Steve Dodds
Tim Matheson Al Donnelly
Christine Ebersole Governor Tracy
Gary Busey Drake Sabitch
Grant Heslov Robbie Mieghem
Timothy Carhart Roger Kovary
Bruce McGill Neuschwander
Michael Patrick Carter Scott Colleary
Chris Owen Hal Shope
John Ashker Jim Blaine
Boyd Banks Clyde Spinoza
Andrew Breymann Hillbilly Kid
Michelle Burkette Police Woman
Luke Dickinson Andrew Tracy
John Farley Bouncer
Kevin Farley Bouncer
Toby Scott Ganger Tough Kid
Jean Speegle Howard Elderly Couple
William Howell Rastafarian
Karen Kahn Anchor Woman
Austin Kottke Tough Kid
James Everett Lewis Carl
Dylan Lucas Ricky
Matt David Lukin Mudhoney
Mark Arm Mudhoney
Branden R. Morgan Fan
James Noah Mayor
Skip O'Brien State Trooper
Annie O'Donnell Election Worker
Kathleen O'Malley Mrs. Oneacre
Patrick Pankhurst Donald Tracy
Daniel Joe Peters Mudhoney
Patricia Place Woman at Party
LaRita Shelby Reporter
Tucker Smallwood Election Analyst
"Gypsy" Spheeris Pocket Pool Lady
David St. James Motorcycle Cop
Steve Neil Turner Mudhoney
Laura Weekes TV Reporter
Drew Wilson Elderly Couple
Fred Wolf Ronald Forte

Technical Credits
Penelope Spheeris Director
Ross Albert Editor
Deborah Aquila Casting
Artist Robinson Asst. Director
Matt Earl Beesley Asst. Director
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Shane Dixon Stunts
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Peter Jamison Production Designer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Lorne Michaels Producer
Dinah Minot Co-producer
Eric Newman Associate Producer
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
William Ross Score Composer
Jane Shannon Casting
Linda Spheeris Set Decoration/Design
Robert Weiss Executive Producer
Fred Wolf Screenwriter

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