Black Sheep

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Chris Farley and David Spade, who have worked together on the Saturday Night Live TV show and the film Tommy Boy, unite again to bring us yet another crude slapstick comedy. In this one, Chris plays Mike Donnelly, the bumbling younger brother of gubernatorial candidate Al Donnelly (Tim Matheson). Although Mike wants desperately to help his brother become governor of Washington State, his efforts wreak havoc and almost destroy his brother's chances. In desperation, his brother assigns one of his staff members, Steve Dodds (David Spade), to keep Mike out of trouble. But Mike continues to be an embarrassment as he is blamed for burning down a recreation center, drinks and gets stoned on drugs in public, and makes a spectacle of himself at a rock concert posing as his brother. Steve goes with Mike to a cabin in the woods, but even this doesn't keep him out of the limelight. Mike continues his bumbling antics right through the time he throws into turmoil a gala celebration for the opposing candidate. All this inane nonsense will probably appeal to youngsters and young adults, and produce another box office hit for Farley and Spade.

The slapstick humor in BLACK SHEEP could have been reasonably decent, but it is polluted throughout with crude bathroom and sexually suggestive humor and foul language. There's hardly anything they don't do to be funny. Included are suggestive conversations with a young girl and an elderly woman, finger gesture jokes, crude comical references to sex and genitals, a man urinating and defecating in his pants, comical references to sex with animals and a comical simulated sex incident when a man accidentally falls on a woman. Much foul language goes right along with the crude humor, including a variety of obscenities and an f-word blurted out by the incumbent female candidate. Mike and Steve suffer plenty of comical mishaps and injuries, but they are not unusually severe or offensive. To top it all off, Mike, Steve and others get stoned on drugs which is portrayed as great fun. What a shame that this type of vulgar humor is being spewed out by Hollywood and that youth will flock to it.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (30) times - Mild 20, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (21) times - F-word 1, s-word 4, other 16

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 3 (J, GD), Exclamatory 5

Violence: Many times - Moderate (thumbs injured, man dragged along behind auto and plane, man staples hand accidentally, bat attacks men, striking with broom and purse, man falls down hill and strikes head on tree, bolder smashes into house, building set on fire, shooting threats)

Sex: Simulated once

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (crude references to sex and genitals, crude gesture, simulated sex when man falls on woman, man reads Playboy Magazine, suggestive remarks)

Drugs: Few times - smoking pot and other drugs portrayed comically

Other: Man urinates and defecates in pants, references to sex with animals, crude reference to woman's underwear

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Teens to young adults

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