While watching the street protests in Iran these past twoweeks — turns out more votes were cast in 50 cities in the June 12 presidentialelection than the actual number of Iranians who live there — I kept asking myself thesame question. Why does this sound so familiar? Where have I seen itbefore? And then it hit me. Substitute a fat, blond comedian (with askinny, annoying sidekick) for Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and you’ve prettymuch got the plot of Black Sheep, the terrible 1996 Chris Farley-David Spade comedy about a hijinks-filled gubernatorial campaign in the state of Washington.
In Black Sheep,Farley plays Mike Donnelly, doltish younger brother of politician AlDonnelly (Tim Matheson) who keeps making embarrassing gaffes on thecampaign trail (“He’s Roger Clinton, Billy Carter, and the whole Reaganfamily rolled into one,” the Ahmadinejad-like incumbent governordescribes him). But after his brother gets defeated at the polls,Farley’s character figures out the election has been rigged when henotices — just like the Guardian Council admitted in Iran thisweekend! — that more votes were counted in some cities than the actualnumber of Washingtonians. With the help of a wacko Vietnamveteran-turned-survivalist (Gary Busey), Farley and Spade crash thefalsely relected Governor’s victory speech and stage an angry protestthat ultimately leads to the reversal of the election, making TimMatheson governor.
Eerily similar, no? We’re not sure what Black Sheepcan tell us about how things will turn out in Iran, but it’s comfortingproof of something I have long suspected: That nothing, great or small,ever happens on this planet that Hollywood hasn’t already turned into acrappy movie. What do you think, PopWatchers? What other bad moviesremind you of current events?