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Black Sheep
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May 22, 2009 By: Aaron the H
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Director:
Penelope Spheeris

Actors:
Chris Farley
David Spade
Tim Matheson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Mike Donnelly (Farley) is one heck of a nice guy, and a whole lot of fun to be around. Unfortunately, he's also a bit of an idiot, and frequently gets himself in trouble, which proves to be a problem for his brother Al, who is trying to run for Governer.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Before I begin this review, a brief preface: This is not an unbiased critique. Chris Farley is my favorite comedian of all time. I have memorized the majority of his films, line for line. My first email address when I was a kid was CrsFarley1@aol.com (fyi I've since switched to Gmail). For my money, there was and still is no greater architect of physical comedy. Farley could produce consistently enormous laughs from his audience simply by raising his voice or crashing into a coffee table.

Unlike the best comedians of today who achieve most of their laughs through sex jokes and foul language (dont get me wrong I love them too), Farley never made an R-rated film, and never had to grab a pair of tits to get a cheer. He'd simply bump his head on a tree and somehow, it would be amazing. His humor was not at all high brow, and yet, at 27 years old, his movies still make me giggle just as hard as they did when I was 13.

Black Sheep is a great example of all of the above. It's Farley's second best film after Tommy Boy, and his final collaboration with David Spade, who was never funnier than when he was bouncing insults at the big fella. They were the Laurel and Hardy of our generation (albeit in reverse roles). In fact, much of the banter these two threw at each other on screen I still quote with my buddies on a daily basis.

If Spade and Farley aren't enough to keep you howling for 86 minutes, notorious psychopath Gary Busey is also here as, ironically, a complete and total psychopath. The bushy blonde-haired whacked out nutjob is perfect as Drake Sabitch, a violent, gimpy Vietnam vet who lives in an old school bus in the woods (and owns Bruce Lee's entire film catalogue on Laser Disc). Christine Ebersole is equally fun as the film's devilish villain, Governor Tracy. Her peculiar, massive weave of red hair is so gnarly, it just might make the Joblo Ten Spot should we ever do a Top 10 Heinous Hairdos column.

All that said, this film is certainly no award-winner. The script is flimsy (it was written by Fred Wolf of Strange Wilderness infamy), and you'll probably never see this flick on any critic's Top 10 list. It's not an intellectual film, nor is it a very realistic one. But, as with all of Farley's work, it completely stands the test of time (minus the 'Rock the Vote' scene), and while it may be loud and silly, it certainly isn't offensive. Most importantly, like Farley himself, at it's core, Black Sheep has a whole lot of heart.
THE EXTRAS
NOTHING.

Somebody deserves a brass-knuckled punch in the junk. Followed by a steel-toed kick in the junk. I'm giving it one free star anyways and you can't stop me.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you're a big-time Farley fan and are dying to see some behind-the-scenes footage of the legend at his best...check out Tommy Boy. But if you've never seen one of Farley's films, Black Sheep is a great place to start. It's light, it's fun, and if you're having a particularly bad day, I guarantee this baby will cheer you up 10 times outta 10.

That's the magic of Chris Farley.

Extra Tidbit: Remember that hilarious bunk-bed stunt in Step-Brothers and that awesome "ketchup packet" gag in Hot Fuzz? Both originated in this film folks!
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