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Black Sheep (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 February 1996 (USA)
A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

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Penelope Spheeris

Writer:

Fred Wolf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Boyd Banks ... Clyde Spinoza
David St. James ... Motorcycle Cop
Skip O'Brien ... State Trooper
Branden Morgan ... Fan (as Branden R. Morgan)
'Gypsy' Spheeris 'Gypsy' Spheeris ... Pocket Pool Lady
John Ashker ... Jim Blaine
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Storyline

Comedy about the prospective Washington State Governor Al Donnelly whose only stumbling block on the road to power is his embarrassing younger brother Mike. To keep him out of mischief, Al forces one of his aides, Steve Dodds to keep an eye on him during the election. However, this is easier said than done... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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There's one in every family.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude language and humor, drug-related material and sexual innuendo | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ovelha Negra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,593,609, 4 February 1996

Gross USA:

$32,417,995

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,417,995
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Penelope Spheeris had notable disagreements with writer Fred Wolf and David Spade throughout the entire production of the film. Spheeris fired Wolf from the film three times (he was hired back twice by Chris Farley and once by Lorne Michaels), then refused to speak to him and finally banned him from the set. Her relationship with Spade was equally as tumultuous. Speaking to Farley's official biographer, she said, "I don't think I've ever even smiled at anything David Spade's ever done... I still have a recording of a message David left on my answering machine. He said, 'You've spent this whole movie trying to cut my comedy balls off.'" See more »

Goofs

While Mike and Steve are trying to remove the bat from the cabin using the sheet, Mike yells "Oh my God - it touched my hand!" However, as he's saying this, the bat is on Steve's side of the sheet - not even close to Mike. See more »

Quotes

Mike: And so he says, "Rectum? Damn near killed'em!"
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Not as good as TOMMY BOY, but still one of the better comedies from the 1990s!
6 July 2004 | by jellyneckrSee all my reviews

After the enormous success of TOMMY BOY, it was expected that Chris Farley and David Spade would star in another movie together. What wasn't expected was that the two movies would be so similar. In TOMMY BOY, Richard Hayden (David Spade) must look after the sweet, but clumsy Tommy Callahan (Chris Farley) so he doesn't mess up the family business. In BLACK SHEEP, Steve Dodds (David Spade) is hired by Mike Donnelly's (Chris Farley) brother to look after the sweet, but clumsy Mike so he doesn't mess up an upcoming campaign. While the plots of the two movies aren't exactly identical, they are similar enough to give the feeling that BLACK SHEEP was somewhat rushed into theaters in order to capitalize on the popularity of the duo.

Opening on February 2, 1996, just eleven months after the March 1995 release of TOMMY BOY, BLACK SHEEP received dismal reviews (Gene Siskel said that this was the first film he walked out on in 26 years of reviewing movies). However, the dismal reviews weren't enough to keep audiences away from the theaters and the movie made a decent $32 million, which isn't necessarily a hit, but good nonetheless.

As a major fan of both Chris Farley and David Spade, I find this movie to be one of the funniest comedies from the 1990s. I used to like it even more than I liked TOMMY BOY although I now see that TOMMY BOY is certainly the better movie. Both TOMMY BOY and BLACK SHEEP have some of the most memorable moments in comedy history, though TOMMY BOY has a lot more of them.

Watch TOMMY BOY and BLACK SHEEP back to back and prepare to laugh like you have never laughed before. Chris Farley and David Spade are, in my opinion, the funniest duo ever to appear onscreen. It's a shame they didn't get to make a more movies together before Farley's death.

My rating: ***1/2


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