Having grown up in the ’90s with the Saturday Night Live cast of Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade, Mike Myers, and Dana Carvey, I will always hold their movies in a special place in my heart. Somehow I had missed watching the Farley/Spade comedy Black Sheep during the height of the careers of the two stars, and now that Farley has passed, I think Id rather forget it and remember him for his SNL career and for Tommy Boy instead.
In Black Sheep, Farley plays Mike Donnelly, the brother of Al Donnelly who is currently running for governor of Washington. Not surprisingly, Mike messes everything up and embarrasses his brother who assigns him to be baby-sat by Steve Dodds (Spade) as the two of them travel the state to campaign. Hilarity ensues as Steve and Mike traipse about Washington and find things to run into and fall off of, while both acting like they could give two shakes about the movie. Oh, and Al Donnellys competitor, Evelyn Tracy (Christine Ebersole, Tony award winner in 2006 for her role as “Big Edie” in the Broadway production of Grey Gardens) screams at everyone and even drops the f-bomb.
Nobody has ever called Farley or Spade (or an SNL movie, for that matter) clever or smart, but this really is the bottom of the barrel. The childish jokes and the physical comedy was actually funny in Tommy Boy and on SNL because Chris Farley and David Spade had chemistry. They looked like they were enjoying themselves. On SNL on numerous occasions, Spade would be acting in a sketch with Farley and have to stifle his laughter because they were having so much fun.
Black Sheep is not the best representation of either of their careers. I would rather remember Chris Farley for the other films in his career (also nixing Beverly Hills Ninja). Black Sheep can go live in a van down by the river, I dont want to remember Farley this way.
Presented in a poor 1.78:1 aspect ratio. I didn’t see or hear anything spectacular about the visual or audio quality that would warrant a BD release.
None. Not even a fancy schmancy menu.
Unless you grew up with this movie and have some sort of nostalgic attachment to it, Black Sheep is a film to avoid. The Blu-Ray release is completely unnecessary as they’ve added nothing new. Not recommended.
Paramount presents Black Sheep. Directed by: Penelope Spheeris. Starring: Chris Farley, David Spade. Written by: Fred Wolf. Running time: 86 minutes. Rating: PG-13. Released on DVD: May 12, 2009. Available at Amazon.com
Tags: David Spade, Saturday Night Live