"Wonder why you don't see many made-for-TV comedy movies?"
To say this comedy is a waste of talent would be false, as I can't see anyone related to this junk having any real comedic talent. Some insane person decided that a Tim Allen-Kirstie Alley pairing was long overdue, forgetting what happened to John Laroquette after that poor idiot made a movie with her. I think the script was initially intended as an animated feature starring mice.Cheap and completely predictable, from the stupid 'car-chase' scene near the beginning to the moronic 'we learn from each other despite the fact that we're all so absolutely stupid' ending. Endless punch lines thud audibly onto the set, while our stars whine and mug and make a solid argument for the usage of a laugh track for movies like these.
Through a series of brain-dead contrivances (tax-evasion, lawyer's a cheat, etc.), our hated stars show up at an Amish farm, and proceed to mock and humiliate them. (For God's sake, what year is this?) Soon they begin to 'modernize' this simple, sweet and characteristically moronic folk. What's most bizarre is the characterization of our juvenille hero (are we really supposed to like this guy?), because Tim Allen plays his role as an insufferable jerk. No better is the shrill, shrieking, and way over-the-top Kirstie Alley. She is a comedy vacuum, so she fits right in this joyless slop. Kirstie decides to play 'dress up' with her new Amish servants and seeks to enlighten them as to the joy of COLOR! What a kick in the teeth.
I guess the Amish seem to be an easy target for juvenille mockery, since by rule, THEY CAN'T SEE MOVIES! Hey, what's next? A silent movie about how funny blind people are? For Richer or Poorer is insulting to Amish people, smart people, dogs, birds, and basically anything with a vowel in its name. Do not say you weren't warned.The 'touching, romantic' scenes between the two principals are so poor and unconvincing, they offer the best laughs in the movie. Rarely can a movie so empty cause such annoyance.