Black Sheep (1996)


Black Sheep is a 1996 comedy film, directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World) and starring the comedy duo Chris Farley and David Spade. The film portrays a political contest in which the candidate deals with unwanted and incompetent help from his brother. Co-starring are Tim Matheson, Christine Ebersole, and Gary Busey. Chris Owen and Fred Wolf have cameo appearances, and Farley's real-life brothers Kevin Farley and John P. Farley appear as two security guards at an MTV Rock the Vote concert. The film grossed $32.3 million during its U.S. theatrical run.


Mike Donnelly (Chris Farley) is driving an advertisement truck to support his brother Al Donnelly's (Tim Matheson) campaign for Governor of Washington; his competition being incumbent Evelyn Tracy (Christine Ebersole). Mike is chased by dogs while driving the truck and crashes into a local movie theatre, causing the local people to get upset. Al's manager, Roger Kovary (Timothy Carhart), who deeply hates Mike, advises him to get rid of Mike, but Al decides to have Mike campaign for him in town. Steve Dodds (David Spade) takes Mike around in return for a spot on Al's staff. As Steve goes to pick up Mike, he hits crazed Vietnam veteran Sgt. Drake Sabitch (Gary Busey) who ends up stealing his rental car. When Mike tries to stop underage kids from drinking, incriminating pictures make it look like he was supporting them, leading to his termination from the county recreation center (Tracy's campaign manager also had a word in it). While packing up, he runs into a pair of thugs who set fire to the rec center, while a photographer takes incriminating pictures of Mike at the scene of the fire. However, the first cop to arrive at the scene is Robbie Mighuem (Grant Heslov), a friend of Mike's who lets him and Steve off the hook. The two take off in Mike's car, and per Kovary's instructions head for a shack in rural Garfield County. The next day, as Steve and Mike hang fliers, Steve tries to make a call via cell phone; while looking for a place with reception, Steve stumbles upon the home of the aforementioned Drake Sabitch, an old school bus with a TV, a hammock, a grill, several weapons and more. While trying to find a high-ground to get reception on his phone, Steve accidentally loosens a rock in a pile of stones Later on, as the guys play checkers, a huge boulder rolls down the mountain, almost completely destroying their cabin. Steve and Mike sneak into Drake's home to watch Al's debate on his TV. When Steve goes outside, he is attacked by Drake, but is saved by Mike, who beats the ex-soldier in unarmed combat. Drake is impressed by Mike's fighting skill and becomes friends with both men. Governor Tracy, in hopes of sabotaging Al, posts the pictures of Mike at the community center fire, allowing Tracy to win the election. Mike notices that the voting results are wrong, since the total vote count is over 1800 for Garfield County, when in fact there are only 1502 registered voters there. Mike and Steve go to the Garfield County records center, where they obtain the names of the voters in the election. Steve discovers that over half the people that voted for Tracy have been dead for over ten years, proving Tracy had rigged the elections. To get this to the people, Steve and Mike borrow Robbie's squad car to Governor Tracy's victory party. At the party, the team appears during Tracy's victory speech and the police try to arrest Mike for arson. Mike takes a gun from one of the cops and pretends to hold Steve hostage, while Drake controls the crowd by threatening them with an RPG. Mike climbs up to the podium and reveals Tracy's election fraud, overturning the election results and making Al the election winner, while Tracy is ousted for fraud. Three months later; Steve is Al's new assistant, Mike has his job running the community center back, and Al has decreased crime rates in Washington. As Al and Steve get into a jet to go to a meeting, Mike's jacket gets caught in the jet's door and he is trapped outside the plane while it takes off.