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Black Sheep (1996)



Critic Consensus: Chris Farley and David Spade reunite to diminishing returns in Black Sheep, a comedic retread that succumbs to a woolly plot and sophomoric jokes.

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Handsome, smooth-talking Al Donnelly (Tim Matheson) has everything going for him. A politician, he is engaged in a heated gubernatorial race with the feisty Governor Tracy (Christine Ebersole), a tough old bird who doesn't hesitate to play hardball with opponents. Unfortunately for her, things are looking good for Donnelly. Fortunately she finds his Achilles' heel with his young brother Mike Donnelly (Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Farley), a fat slob gym teacher and hopeless imbecile who only wants to win his more successful sibling's respect. Unfortunately all he does is embarrass poor Al to death. In desperation, Al assigns the sardonic and prissy Steve Dodds (David Spade) to keep Mike under constant surveillance. The real trouble begins when Tracy's aids try to frame hapless Mike for arson.

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Chris Farley
as Mike Donnelly
David Spade
as Steve Dodds
Tim Matheson
as Al Donnelly
Christine Ebersole
as Governor Tracy
Gary Busey
as Drake Sabitch
Grant Heslov
as Robbie Mieghem
Bruce McGill
as Neuschwander
Timothy Carhart
as Roger Kovary
Michael Patrick Carter
as Scott Colleary
Boyd Banks
as Clyde Spinoza
David St. James
as Motorcycle Cop
Skip O'Brien
as State Trooper
Michelle Burkette
as Police Woman
John Ashker
as Jim Blaine
William Howell
as Rastafarian
Austin Kottke
as Tough Kid
LaRita Shelby
as Reporter
Karen Kahn
as Anchor Woman
Laura Weekes
as TV Reporter
Tucker Smallwood
as Election Analyst
Mark Arm
as Mudhoney
Mark Thomas McLaughlin
as Member of Mudhoney
Steven Neil Turner
as Member of Mudhoney
Matt David Lukin
as Member of Mudhoney
Daniel Joe Peters
as Member of Mudhoney
John Farley
as Bouncer
Patrick Pankhurst
as Donald Tracy
Luke Dickinson
as Andrew Tracy
Fred Wolf (II)
as Ronald Forte
Patricia Place
as Woman at Party
Annie O'Donnell
as Election Worker
"Gypsy" Spheeris
as Pocket Pool Lady
Kathleen O'Malley
as Mrs. Oneacre
Jean Speegle Howard
as Elderly Woman
Drew Wilson
as Elderly Man
Michele Burkette
as Police Woman
Andrew Breymann
as Hillbilly Kid
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Critic Reviews for Black Sheep

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

A little comedy that succeeds in its modest aim to provide 87 minutes of harmless diversion.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Works as well as it does because the anarchic, high-energy spirits of Farley and Spheeris lock into each other perfectly.

February 13, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

They're certainly no Aykroyd and Belushi, or even Myers and Carvey, but Farley and Spade manage to wring humor from a series of juvenile setups and predictable pratfalls.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Utter, unforgivable bilge.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Black Sheep is bleatingly awful as it reteams Chris Farley and David Spade, the poor idiot's Abbott and Costello, in a comedy so desperately inept it makes their previous effort, Tommy Boy, look like a minefield of high wit.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4

Yeah, I giggled a couple of times. But I suspect you will giggle more if you are male, age 15-27ish.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Black Sheep

Made simply because 'Tommy Boy' was an unexpected success, clearly somewhat rushed and not fully thought through. I have read that 'Paramount' just wanted to team Spade and Farley together again asap, so we have this blunt comedy. The idea isn't too bad, its all about a political campaign battle between the brother of Farley's character and the wholesome all American 'Evelyn Tracy' played by Christine Ebersole. As you can guess Farley's character is a clumsy embarrassment to his brother (played by Tim Matheson) and inadvertently causes all manner of horrendous goofs whilst in the public eye. This of course puts his brothers campaign in jeopardy of which his rival tries to take full advantage of. Same old Farley I'm afraid which isn't too bad if you like the guy. I have said before and I'll say again I do like his antics, he is a funny fella and his films are nice feel good films where you can forget about any troubles you have. I also like how he tends to play the everyday man, regular Joe's, makes you connect with him that bit more. Despite liking Farley this film does feel very forced with very little to show. The laughs are few and far between and what we do get is light at best. There are whole segments in the film where nothing really happens, the sequence where the pair find a bat in their wood cabin and spend almost ten minutes of the film dealing with it. There is a lot of lame filler which really has nothing to do with the plot, its just there to try and gain a laugh whilst padding out the film, or so it seems. Even as a Farley fan I found it hard to enjoy this, there really doesn't seem to be any point to Farley and Spade being together here and half of what happens is irrelevant. I can't complain too much because this is obviously a dumb comedy, its not suppose to be anything else, but even so it feels very cheap and half hearted. In the end it really does feel like the two leads were simply thrown together for a fast money spinner off the back of a much better earlier comedy.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


"I liked it better the first time when it was called Tommy Boy!" was the general response to this film when it came out. Yes, it does look like a replica of Spade and Farley's previous film on the surface, but the plot and theme are somewhat different. I would recommend that only fans of this comedy duo watch this movie. It's not as good as Tommy Boy, but if you just want more of this duo, you'll enjoy it anyway.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


This is the type of film that if you watch it, it becomes less and less funnier with every viewing. This is essential a rehash of ideas previously written in Farley's other comedy, Tommy Boy. Tommy was a superior film to this, but not by much. Still despite all the flaws, Chris Farley is a better comedian than Will Ferrell. But this is not Farley best work. Tommy Boy is his funniest. Unfortunately, Farley did have a chance to really make a laugh out loud comedy, his career was tragically cut short. But for what it's worth this was his lowest point as an actor. He make me laugh more than Will Ferrell. Black Sheep, is an average comedy with a few laughs, but nothing great or memorable to be found here.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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