Man, this film is just beaten down for no reason. Critics needed something to savage. PRETENSION is the name of the game here. Some of these critics should be embarrassed at some of the films they rate so highly. I think one of the worst films I have EVER seen, Elysium--and mind you I don't look to watch bad films--is sitting at almost 70% on RT. Riiiiiiiight. Yet even Tommy Boy was drowned in a bunch of negative and wholly irrational reviews. Not even over 50% on that site.
The film Black Sheep was indeed rushed and appropriated because of the more masterful and successful Tommy Boy. Siskel said he walked out of the theater lol. But when you get down to it the film is just a normal slapstick comedy and it includes Farley, one of the best at his profession. He is a warm presence for me. And sometimes that is enough. Many I guess disagree, and I am not sure for what reason. For one thing I saw Siskel and his brethren rate many TERRIBLE films much higher than this, and many great films along the same lines. I don't really trust critics and never have because my own critical thinking skills are very high. If you can't laugh at any of this I wouldn't even want to know you for one. How can you be so lame as to not even admit this is funny in parts?
What I cannot agree with I guess is that this film is bad. If this film is bad then so are a whole host of other comedies highly ranked in the canon. What and the heck divides this from films like Bridesmaids? Oh, I forgot the feminist movement is in full swing and it's okay as long as it's really popular to like. But not Farley. Oh man, what did these people think of when A&C and Three Stooges were on air? Apparently that was high-brow comedy of the first order LOL. I'm going to doubt audiences all thought that kind of humor was appropriate at the time. This is NOT a film near as bad as some of Adam Sandler's worst, and nor is it a film that is great. So big deal. I had fun watching this and it was not cringe-inducing. It had a good heart and did what it set out to do within the crazy constraints placed upon it; you can read about those on Wiki.
No, this is clearly not as good as Tommy Boy, or Caddyshack, or even Happy Gilmore--one of my favorite goofy comedies--but Farley puts his all into it. For 4 dollars I see no reason not pick it up. The bluray is robust and very nicely detailed. It's a trip back into the 90s when this guy was commanding a lot of the spotlight. He was divisive for sure. But I didn't think Belushi did anything more noteworthy than Farley did. So I guess to each their own. This is more like a 3.5 star film but it never overstays its welcome. It revels in its goofiness, its fast-written and somewhat sophomoric comedy. But it's also better than a lot of stuff today because it features a comedian that is better than most of what we have today in this genre of slapstick. I recommend it. It did get some bad reviews, but there were some critics like that of the LA Times who gave it a decent rating as well. It also has a good message within its hasty script.
There are so many terrible--often melodramatic--films I turn off today not even half-way through.... I just could not do that with this one. I don't recommend Beverly Hilly Ninja or anything, but this film was clearly a cut above that kind of drek. I always find it so hilarious that people compare Farley as a lightweight to Belushi and Candy. Well, Belushi was nothing more than a lightweight to Candy if you ask me. Few comedians did a film great as Plains, Trains, and Automobiles. Belushi did not carry films either IMO. And none of the three were really great Hollywood actors. To heck with the pretentiousness. This film was a good, fine romp with a few drinks. I was laughing more than I should admit I guess. Props for a good soundtrack with Mudhoney and B. Surfer's in the film!