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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 Scott Weinberg

"Wonder why you don't see many made-for-TV comedy movies?"
1 stars

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.

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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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