There's One in Every Family.
"...[Farley's] political stump speech is as substantive as anything that I've heard from the presidential candidates this past decade or so. Clayton Trapp, Brilliant Observations on 1173 Films
|Meet Mike Donnelly (Chris Farley). He's one lovable, hilarious accident waiting to happen. Dedicated to helping his big brother Al (Tim Matheson) win the race for Washington State Governor, he turns every opportunity for votes into an embarrassing disaster.|
Campaign aide and super slacker Steve Dobbs (David Spade) volunteers to baby-sit Mike. Big mistake! When Mike discovers that the incumbent governor is a crook, he dives headfirst into a whole new level of well-intended destruction.
Chris Farley and David Spade, the stars of Tommy Boy, once again show why they are "the comedy team of the '90s!" (Leo Quinones, KIIS-FM). Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World) and costarring Gary Busey, Black Sheep is "a crowd pleaser directed with maximum energy!" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times).
Featuring an electrifying performance by super Seattle band Mudhoney!
"Raucous and rowdy. Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Farley's innocence is consistently winning, and Spade, the sultan of snide, makes for an excellent foiled-again partner. Kim Williamson, Box Office Magazine
"Farley and Spade are funny, and they're funny together. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A transcendent comedy starring one of the top - but most tragically fated - comedy teams of all time. Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
Chris Farley stars as Mike Donnelly, the doltish younger brother of a gubernatorial candidate (Tim Matheson). Mike can't seem to stay out of trouble, thus potentially endangering his brother's chance at winning the election, so campaign aide Steve Dodds (David Spade) is assigned to chaperone him until the election is over. Not realizing that he is biting off more than he can chew, Steve takes Mike to the wilderness of Washington state, where the two men are ill-equipped to deal with the difficulties that nature throws their way. Penelope Spheeris (WAYNE'S WORLD) directs this slapstick comedy, which reunites the successful team from 1995's TOMMY BOY.
Cast & Crew
When politicians run for office, their biggest problems are usually a skeleton in the closet, or their controversial stance on an issue. But gubernatorial candidate Al Donnelly's greatest dilemma is his oafish, clumsy, stupid brother Mike, who has an uncanny knack for creating havoc everywhere he goes. And to Al's dismay, his opponent and her staff are also well aware of Mike's "gift," and intend to exploit it for what it's worth. As a result, one of the candidate's aides is assigned to keep Mike in check -- with disastrous results.| Things get even worse when the incumbent's team frames Mike for setting a fire in a recreation center. Will Mike inadvertently destroy his brother's political career?
|"Is there an Opie convention in town?" ---- Steve Dodds (DAVID SPADE), after seeing a car filled with freckled redheads
|"He's Roger Clinton, Billy Carter and Ronald Reagan's entire family rolled into one." ---- Governor Tracy (CHRISTINE EBERSOLE), referring to Mike Donnelly (CHRIS FARLEY)
Los Angeles Times
"...It's a crowd-pleaser directed with maximum energy and panache..."
Variety 6 of 10
Call it what you will, but this Chris Farley-David Spade re-teaming might as easily be dubbed "Tommy Boy 2," with a slightly less satisfying mix of broad physical gags and bodily function humor...Farley again plays an amiable lout who must earn the respect of a family member -- in this case, his older brother Al (Tim Matheson), who's in the midst of a close gubernatorial race against the win-at-all-costs, tough-as-nails incumbent (Christine Ebersole). The governor and her staff find a gold mine in Farley's Mike -- as they put it, Roger Clinton, Billy Carter and all the Reagan kids rolled into one. Mike's antics prove so embarrassing that an ambitious, persnickety aide to the candidate, Steve Dodds (Spade), is assigned to watch him at all times -- a pairing virtually identical to the "Tommy Boy" scenario...Unfortunately, that line about other embarrassing political relatives is about the only funny one to be found in Fred Wolf's script, leaving director Penelope Spheeris (whose recent credits include "The Beverly Hillbillies") to rely almost entirely on sheer manic energy and wild stunts...Pic does deliver a few almost irresistibly idiotic moments, such as Mike's impromptu speech at a "Rock the Vote" rally, or the first three times he slams his head into something...For the most part, however, "Sheep" simply bleats loudly and comes up flat more frequently than not. The movie is also cloying in its softer moments, when William Ross' score swells to the crescendo of Hallmark card theme music and Farley -- whose range can best be described as limited -- laments that his brother might be abandoning him...Stunts and effects are generally impressive, including a sequence in a shaky cabin seemingly designed to recall Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush," though any attempt to compare this to that classic would surpass any level of absurdity that even "Black Sheep" could hope to achieve.
- Brian Lowry
DVD Times 7 of 10
Black Sheep re-unites Saturday Night Live comedy-duo Chris Farley and David Spade for more mishaps and mayhem. Like their earlier collaboration Tommy Boy, Spade's character is again thrust into 'looking-after' duties of Farley's failing, accident prone creation. Here, Farley plays Mike Donnelly, the younger brother of Al (Tim Matheson) who happens to be running for Washington State Governor. Mike just wants to help but unfortunately his attempts at helping his brother's campaign only lead them both into ever-deepening trouble. When Mike gets wrongly accused of a fire at a local youth center, Al tells assistant Steve Dobbs (Spade) to escort Mike to a secluded country house in the hope his campaign can go on without any further problems...After the success of Tommy Boy it's not surprising that its two stars would return for another collaboration, but what is surprising is that the follow-up is virtually the same movie made again. Maybe their grandparents hammered the saying 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it' just a little too deeply into their heads, because despite a different premise, it is the same story of boy-useless turned hero. So having said that, while their earlier film is the far superior, Black Sheep is still very enjoyable, extremely funny no-brain entertainment. It works because it knows what made the first film a success -- Farley and Spade's on-screen comedic chemistry...Fans of Chris Farley will certainly find some joy in this film. His humour is original and unmatched, but it is just a shame that the overall film package isn't up to the standards of his first feature film. Newcomers to Farley should try Tommy Boy first, while the casual viewer will probably fall into the trap of seeing only the blatant bad points. The film is flawed, that is obvious, but it sets out to make its audience laugh and on just about enough occasions it does just that.
- Daniel Stephens