George Roy Hill
Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Osborne, and Kevin O’Morrison
Genre:Chevy Chase-arific, Feel good comedy
Andy Farmer(Chase), a sports writer attempting to write a great American Novel, moves from the hustle and bustle of the city with his wife Elizabeth Farmer(Osborne) to a quaint country town in Vermont to focus on his writing and building a family. But like any Chevy Chase movie, he runs into trouble with the towns people, jeopardizing his living situation, career, and even relationship, humorously of course.
A typical Chevy Chase movie, and if you don’t know what we mean by that here it goes:
Slap-stick humor, miscommunication humor, very little potty humor, yet good vibes all around. The movie does a great job of exemplifying murphy’s law in a tasteful and hilarious fashion, and of course it has a unicorn-jumping-over-a-rainbow-daddy-isn’t-leaving-mommy-yay! happy ending. The film often times had us waiting in suspense for the next thing to go wrong, sometimes with us yelling out what we thought would happen. We’ were usually right, sugary comedies are meant to be predictable.
One of our only qualms with the film is the amount of dated material and subject matter. I know- it’s a feel good comedy, but it’s still a little hard to relate to payphones, old cars, and handwritten maps.
An overall enjoyable experience the whole family can enjoy. We recommend this to those who want warm and fuzzy feelings, (for the majority) clean humor, and anyone who loves Chevy Chase.
On the other hand, if you are in search of sex, drugs, violence, and hate Chevy Chase/Have a popsicle for a heart this is far from your movie. Try Thankskilling.
Tyler’s Rating: 6.5/10
Not bad for a late 80’s movie, but old humor isn’t always good humor.
Chris’s Rating: 7/10
Not my normal taste in comedy, but overall enjoyable, not so sugary that i puked in my mouth.
Dana’s Rating: 8/10
”I like it.”