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Awesome: 9.3%
Worth A Look: 11.63%
Average: 6.98%
Pretty Bad: 2.33%
Total Crap69.77%

3 reviews, 25 user ratings

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For Richer or Poorer
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by Chris Parry

"Let me make it easy to understand. This film is SHIT. Just awful."
1 stars

Two of the most objectionable screen icons of the last ten years, Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley, make fun of the Amish!

Well, they don't set out to do that, but that's what they do in this despicably bad piece of dogs droppings.

The 'Tool' man and the 'Closet' are a yupped out married couple who are sent broke by a corrupt accountant and flee to Amish country to escape the IRS. In order to convince the 'simple minded' Amish folk that they are cousins, the Tool and the Closet must suppress their behaviour and try to exist within that "whacky" Amish culture until the heat is off.

What follows is labelled zany by the producers, but let me assure you, there's no zaniness going on here. We are completely without zane. Zaneless.

What we do have is the Closet and the Tool learning how to love, and those crazy Amish folk learning that everything will be alright if they just wear colorful clothes, like civilised folk.

It's odd that an avowed and loud Scientologist like the Closet can stand and accuse people of mistreating her religion through ignorance and misunderstanding and then go out and portray another religion as an uncultured pack of heathen just waiting to be corrected by the civilised folk. Closet has clearly not been reading her scripts again. She must have Dan Aykroyd's agent.

Tool, on the other hand (no pun intended), has a long track record of being involved in any project with the right demographic, no matter how vacuous, with the sole clear interest of raking in cash and maybe shoving Home Improvement up a few Neilsen points. Witness the boredom that was Jungle2Jungle or the Christmas cash grab that was The Santa Clause.

For Richer Or Poorer, as tough as it may seem, puts those earlier efforts to shame in terms of vacuousness, boredom and treating the movie-goer like a fucking idiot.

Show me a kid who loved this movie and I'll show you a kid who can unscrew a wheel nut with his cleft pallette.

This film is just horrific. It treats the Amish like idiots and in doing so treats you and I the same way for expecting we'll fork over cashola to sit through it.

Let me make it easy to understand. This film is SHIT.

Kirstie Alley has had her fifteen minutes. Time for her to learn to type. Tim Allen, the man who America's parents trust their children to (hoping he's not still selling them cocaine), has zero artistic integrity.

Not a fucking iota.

If you see this video on the shelf at Blockbuster, knock it over and spit on it. Then pray to your God that something happens to stop these people from inflicting their stupidity on your children.

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User Comments

12/29/17 morris campbell cute thats about it 2 stars
12/20/07 Mike Skipper Me and my family watch this movie 4 or 5 times a year it's a classic 5 stars
12/03/07 Jeff Anderson It's no KINGPIN, but it's harmless & Allen & Alley are likable enough. IT'S NOT THAT BAD! 3 stars
6/25/07 Anne Lloyd Good clean fun!!! I loved this movie!!! 4 stars
12/07/06 anitamich I love this movie! I can't figure out exactly why but I enjoy this movie again and again 4 stars
3/03/06 Anthony Feor Tim Allen before this movie=richer,Tim Allen after this movie=poorer 1 stars
8/31/05 ES As steadfast as the Amish are these two would have been made to conform or turned away 1 stars
10/27/03 Anne I enjoyed that movie a lot. Yes they are mocking everything, it is a COMEDY geeze. 4 stars
7/31/03 Vicky These people that talk too bad about movies like "For Richer or Poorer" must be frustrated! 3 stars
9/07/02 Agglepraxis Tim Allen sufferes from the Robin Williams complex; no drugs=no funny. 1 stars
9/06/02 Chancey Thunderpants shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit is what this movie is 1 stars
7/15/02 Vincent This movie is great. I have watched it numerous times. Plus, Kirstie and Tim are hilarious! 5 stars
7/13/02 Magenta Loved the movie. Good,clean fun instead of usual hollywood garbage. 5 stars
6/02/02 Jenny Tullwartz Movie is zany with Tim Allen much more palatable than in some other stuff. 4 stars
8/05/01 Jessie kirstie alley was hilarious as always 5 stars
5/20/00 Elvisfan hateful shit, but better than the next will smith movie, for sure 1 stars
10/29/99 Lame-Oh retarded movie (worse than Jungle 2 Jungle and Santa Clause) 1 stars
10/28/99 JED! Yet another "ignore backlash" movie. This movie was alright. 3 stars
3/20/99 Dee Dee The review was right. The movie just plain sucked. F**k you, Tim Allen. 1 stars
3/16/99 Ah Dooey Tim Allen shall be shot dearly for this. Horrible, horrible, horrible movie. 1 stars
11/13/98 Lord Of The Dunce Good lord, this movie was offensive. 1 stars
9/28/98 katherine hey! i sort of think this movies funny. but whatever. 4 stars
9/13/98 Bruce Willis' mama. Right on with the review. People who put crap like this out should be banned from Hollywood 1 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball I slapped the person who told we this was funny. Bastard. I'll kill you. 1 stars
8/21/98 rotten f. milk it's a good film... FOR ME TO POOP ON 1 stars
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