''Witness'' vs. ''Poorer'' -? Which Amish-themed film wins out?

For Richer or Poorer

In the all-too-obvious comedy For Richer or Poorer, Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley play a Trump-type couple, wanted for tax fraud, who hide out with an Amish family by posing as distant cousins. ”I know all we need to know about being Amish,” Allen assures Alley. ”Since I saw Witness.” Clearly, so did the screenwriters. Because everywhere you look there’s another echo of that 1985 Peter Weir film, in which Harrison Ford played a wounded cop hiding from crooked colleagues in the home of an Amish widow (Kelly McGillis). While Witness mixed thrills, romance, and the high-toned comic relief of cultures clashing, Poorer mucks about in its Amish milieu all it can. Yes, Kirstie Alley does tumble into a pigpen.


·4:30 a.m.: Amish elder throws open bedroom door, waking up Ford.

·Ford mishandles a milk cow, can’t produce any milk.

·At breakfast, Ford surprises his hosts by quoting a TV commercial: ”Honey, that’s great coffee.”

·Ford whiles away a morning reading about manure.

·Ford shocks a rude, camera-wielding tourist by offering to strangle her with her own bra.

·Ford wins over his hosts by showing off his carpentry skill sat a communal barn raising.


·4:45 a.m.: Amish elder throws open bedroom door, conking Allen on the head.

·Alley mishandles a milk cow, sprays herself in the face.

·At dinner, Allen surprises his hosts with a nontraditional blessing: ”Good food, good meat, good God, let’s eat.”

·Allen whiles away an evening reading about raising sheep.

·Alley shocks a rude, camera-wielding tourist by calling him a ”dick.”

·Alley wins over her hosts by putting on a fashion show that raises the barn roof.

For Richer or Poorer
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