Sunday, September 19, 2010

One of my all time favorite funny movies

City Slickers is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Helen Slater, Jack Palance and Bruno Kirby.
I love westerns, and when they are also comedies, I like them even more.

The first scene opens at Pamplona, Spain's running of the bulls, where Billy Crystal gets gored in the rear-end, which by itself isn't really funny. But, leave it to these guys to turn it into a real belly laugh.

Sometime later, the same group of well heeled friends get together for a dude ranch cattle drive. The ranch turns out to be a real working cattle ranch, and they charge you to work for them, driving a large herd of cattle for a few weeks to another place for better pasture for the changing seasons. The adventure isn't all fun and games, but they all learn something, and learn to work together for mutual benefit, and to save the herd during a terrible rain storm, as well as other hardships that befall them all.

They never leave out chances for comedy, even with some pretty serious things taking place.
This movie is one where some learn from the errors of their ways, while others learn the real meaning of their families, and it's all done with hardy comedy, and belly laughs for the audience. The laughs last right down to the closing scene.  You'll love it.

I laughed through this one so hard, that I was crying.

The sequel, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) is also good, but to me, it will take a lot to beat City Slickers, the original.

There are still questions about the possibility of there being a City Slickers 3, but at least for the present, there are no plans for a trilogy.

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