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Total Crap56.25%

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Beverly Hillbillies, The
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by Ryan Arthur

"It's like an Ernest movie without the wit and sophistication..."
1 stars

It's every bit the bad idea you'd think (and know) it is, but yet it still got made. 93 minutes will never feel more like 93 hours than it does here.

OK, you're Penelope Spheeris. You've just directed the hugely popular and wildly successful "Wayne's World," a smart, funny film. What do you do as a follow up? Continue with the "Decline Of Western Civilization" documentaries? Sit back and wait for a really good project to come along?

Nope, you take the big-screen version of The Beverly Hillbillies, the least likely candidate for the sitcom-to-feature-film treatment out there. It's a one joke show, man, I don't care if it was a #1 show or that it was on the air for nine years. It's lame. You'd think it'd be impossible to make a movie that's lamer than the show it's based on.

You'd be wrong.

Look at the casting. Cloris Leachman as Granny. Cloris Leachman hasn't been funny since "Young Frankenstein." You've got a pre-"Drew Carey Show" Diedrich Bader. In drag, no less. We're assuming he wasn't cast with Drew Carey on the basis of his work here, because - and it pains me to say this - his performance makes the original Jethro look like Sir Laurence Olivier. Erika Eleniak as Elly May? You think she'd have gotten the part if she hadn't shown us her breasts in Under Siege? Lily Tomlin? Dabney Coleman? Rob Schnieder? When was the last time any of those people were funny?

And then, of course, there's Jim Varney. Ol' one-joke Jim Varney himself. Actually, maybe he was the perfect guy for the role. But yet, here's his one chance to break ot of Ernest mode, and he does a by-the-numbers Buddy Ebsen homage. Right.

Plot? Well, you've got your basic (and seemingly neverending setup), where the hicks strike it rich and move to the city. Then you've got a suitor and his scheming wife trying to take the bumpkins' riches away by marrying Jed.

It's every bit as sitcom-y as it sounds.

The casting is uninspired, the jokes are weak. The clan is pretty much dead on arrival, and the bloopers/outtakes at the end make you long for another Cannonball Run movie.


Fans of the show (those who aren't dead, anyway) will have a grand old time. Everyone else (those of you with taste) will be hitting the eject button.

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User Comments

3/16/08 Pamela White very very bad 1 stars
5/20/07 Jeff Anderson Dumber than the series, but it has it's pleasures notably it's likable well cast leads. 3 stars
12/01/06 David Pollastrini Erika Elenack is hot! 4 stars
11/05/06 JM Synth Better then I expected, and Varney and Elanik are better then you would think 3 stars
6/18/06 jcnice Medioce adapation of the TV series. And not as funny. 3 stars
7/25/05 Mark Radburn This movie is the funniest, You'll get a good laugh 5 stars
4/10/05 judith anderson An embarassment. 1 stars
12/13/04 Gray fun 4 stars
10/28/04 Dan cool 3 stars
3/09/04 jaime leigh mason i think that this fims was superb i rate it a 10* 5 stars
12/10/03 Samuel Jim Varney played a good Jed, but the rest of the movie and characters sucked! 1 stars
4/26/02 Danielle Ophelia A 2-hour insult to anyone living south of the Mason-Dixon line. ME, for instance. 1 stars
8/07/01 ted v. it was great...NOT!!!! 1 stars
4/18/01 Dolly Parton What a film, it was brilliant! 5 stars
4/01/01 Andrew Carden Really, really amusing movie. Cloria Leachman gives one heck of a performence. 4 stars
12/28/00 Turtle This is just so funny. Much better than the show. 4 stars
10/16/00 Dan As funny as someone shitting on your face. 1 stars
9/07/99 Jason Kinsey a full diaper of a film 1 stars
8/02/99 Hermann Kellermann 10 minutes of heavy suffering (then I turned off) 1 stars
5/13/99 early(b&w) bev.hillbillies-FUNNY!this re-make-LOUSY! 2 stars
11/06/98 Lord Of The Dunce Waste of fucking celluloid. 1 stars
11/05/98 Bad Kosh Ha ha. Pitiful, isn't it? Thought so. 1 stars
9/14/98 Chip Taylor Pretty Funny. 4 stars
9/09/98 Johny They have accents! Granny fell off the wagon! Funny? Nah. 1 stars
9/02/98 J-Guy Good to know if you missed something on TV, you can catch it at the movies. fuck that shit. 2 stars
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