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5.0 out of 5 stars High Five, here's another one!
Amongst the classics of 90's comedy arrive Wayne's World, P.C.U., Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore...and of course, Tommy Boy. Where would the world of comedy be, without this movie? Well, it'd be a notch down as far as range goes, but other than that, it'd just be missing a great film.
Coming home, fresh, actually well done, from college, Tommy Callahan arrives to his...
Published on July 13 2004 by Michael Roffman

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Farley
SNL's Chris Farley and David Spade take their act on the road in the pleasing comedy "Tommy Boy". After seven years of college parties, sweet-natured goofball Tommy Callahan (Farley) returns to take his place along side his father (Brian Dennehy) at Callahan Auto Parts. When his father dies, Tommy and his unwilling co-worker (Spade) hit the road to save the family...
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by R. J Rey


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5.0 out of 5 stars High Five, here's another one!, July 13 2004
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Michael Roffman "pinball wizard" (Haddonfield, Illinois) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tommy Boy (Widescreen) (DVD)
Amongst the classics of 90's comedy arrive Wayne's World, P.C.U., Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore...and of course, Tommy Boy. Where would the world of comedy be, without this movie? Well, it'd be a notch down as far as range goes, but other than that, it'd just be missing a great film.
Coming home, fresh, actually well done, from college, Tommy Callahan arrives to his hometown to find everything...the same. His father owns the big ol' auto business and everyone's great, until his father dies. With the town leaping on Tommy's back for safety of their jobs, he must take it to the streets and save the business and become the salesman he was meant to be. This would be a great drama film, but it's a Farley comedy, so expect one wild ride.
The film takes a dive into some of the greatest and most memorable scenarios. From Tommy slamming into doors, burning models, and ruinings cars to the memorable lines and bickering between he and fellow co-star, David Spade. The film also has a fine supporting cast, from Dan Ackroyd, Brian Dennehy, and even Rob Lowe as the antagonist.
I could sit here and point out my favorite scenes, but what good does that do. Anyone knows any impersonation or recreation cannot even equal the amount of good fortune one will have when watching the film, for the first time. All I can say is, this is a fine film. This is comedy when it was still important to introduce bold characters, great storyline, and even some drama to tie in emotional aspects. If it were up to me, this film would be sitting on AFI's shelves. But, it's not...so take my word.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chris Farley and David Spade. . .can you imagine?, Feb. 25 2004
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This review is from: Tommy Boy (VHS Tape)
This is a movie that just cranks up one laugh after another. When you take an overweight, hysterical, crazy, out-of-your mind party animal person such as Chris Farley and put him next to the cynical, laid back, smug little character of David Spade, and you're in for a good time. This movie makes me laugh harder every time I watch it, discovering new little funny things that I never even noticed before!
Thumbs up for Chris Farley's acting - it takes a skilled person nontheless to portray someone like this. And David Spade plays his roll exceptionally well, too. Chris Farley's character is funny just because of WHO he is. David Spade is funny because of WHO Chris is, too. It's a pretty funny combo.
Chris Farley's character is the dopey yet loveable Tommy Callahan, a recent college grad. who has just come off seven years in school. ("A lot of people go to college for seven years," he says. "I know," David Spade replies. "They're called doctors.") His father is the owner of Callahan Auto Parts, which is a top seller of brakpads.
And when his father remarries, and Tommy finds out that she has a son (his new brother that he never had!), his life seems like it couldn't get any better. But when his father suddenly dies after the wedding ceremony, and the company is in jeaporday, Tommy himself must go out and sell brake pads to save the company, with poor Richard (Spade's character) at his side. Believe me, this would have been a lame plot had it not been a comedy. But it works very nicely for this movie.
There are several innapropiate scenes with women, such as when Tommy first meets his future step-mother (Bo Derek - get the picture?), and when Richard sees a woman skinny-dipping in a pool. And there's some innapropiate jokes along the way, so this movie probably wouldn't be very good for kids. But for preteens and up, this is a fun comedy that's sure to make you wet your pants, at least!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Farley, Feb. 14 2004
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R. J Rey (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tommy Boy (Widescreen) (DVD)
SNL's Chris Farley and David Spade take their act on the road in the pleasing comedy "Tommy Boy". After seven years of college parties, sweet-natured goofball Tommy Callahan (Farley) returns to take his place along side his father (Brian Dennehy) at Callahan Auto Parts. When his father dies, Tommy and his unwilling co-worker (Spade) hit the road to save the family business. "Tommy Boy" is a very funny and enjoyable road comedy that remains the late comedian's finest and most successful film. The storyline is simple and quite predictable. Chris Farley and David Spade have great comic chemistry and deliver some wildly entertaining antics and gut-busting laughs. The cast also includes Rob Lowe, Bo Derek and Dan Aykroyd. The film is presented in its 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format. The DVD contains a colorful video transfer and a simple 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Its only special feature is the film's original fullscreen theatrical trailer. Despite the poor presentation and the lack of extras, "Tommy Boy" is a worthy addition to any SNL fan and earns a "C+".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uproariously Funny!, Aug. 1 2003
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Patrick Beaudry (Winston-Salem, NC) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tommy Boy (Widescreen) (DVD)
This movie is one of my favorites of all time. Mind you, it's no Citizen Kane, but if you're looking for great slapstick, this movie is it. David Spade plays a brilliant straight man off of Chris Farley's well meaning, but bumbling goof. Farley and Spade appear to have been born to play these parts, as they seamlessly melt into their characters.
Anyone who has seen Saturday Night Live when Chris Farley was on knows the excitable, not-too bright characters that he plays. This time, he is able to bring more depth to this guy as Tommy Callahan, the son of an autoparts company president who walks through life without a care. Although Richard (David Spade) gets all the good lines, Tommy gets all the laughs.
While Farley and Spade went on to take another swing at the "Buddy Picture" genre (Black Sheep), this one is clearly the best of them all. The comedic timing of both of these seasoned actors, perfected on the SNL stage, makes for a seamless dialogue and you are sure these two have known each other their whole lives.
An acting nod should also go to another central character, Richard's car, which of course, takes a tremendous beating by Tommy, as well as an angry deer. The interaction between Spade and Farley is perfectly timed, and the writing is pure genius. Appearances by Brian Dennehey, Bo Derek, and Rob Lowe are all well acted, and add to the hilarity. Overall, a great movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Shnikes, July 28 2003
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This review is from: Tommy Boy (VHS Tape)
"Holy Shnikes"
The movie Tommy Boy was released in 1995 and has a running time of 98 minutes. Peter Segal directed Tommy Boy in association with Paramount Pictures. The film features Chris Farley (Tommy Callahan), David Spade (Richard Hayden),
Brian Dennehy (Big Tom Callahan), Bo Derek (Beverly Barish-Burns),
Rob Lowe (Paul Burns) and Dan Aykroyd (Ray Zalinsky). Tommy Boy is rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, some drug content and nudity. The soundtrack album is available on Warner Bros. Compact discs and cassettes.
Tommy Callahan is a party animal that has just graduated from college, by passing his last class with a D+. Tommy has spent the last seven years at college before returning home to Sandusky, OH to work in his father's auto parts manufacturing plant. Upon returning home, he learns that his widower father is to re-marry and she has a son who will be Tommy's new brother. On the day of the wedding, Big Tom, Tommy's father, dies of a heart attack. Tommy must now learn to run the company and go on this father's sales trip to sell the company's new brake pads. He is paired with Richard,
Big Tom's assistant, for this sales trip. If the two don't succeed in selling enough brake pads, the company will be forced to sell out to a competitor and 300 jobs will be lost. Tommy has a lot at stake if he fails. Tommy's sales pitches initially don't result in any sales until he learns that selling is really about confidence and being able to sell himself. Unbeknown to Tommy and Richard, Beverly and Paul, Tommy's new stepmother and stepbrother, are con artists and are trying to sabotage Tommy's efforts to save the company. Beverly and Paul are really married to each other and stand to inherent the family fortune if the company is sold. Eventually, Tommy and Richard are able to foil Beverly and Paul's plot. Tommy is hailed as a hero for saving the plant and the jobs of its 300 workers.
I give Tommy Boy five stars out of five. I absolutely loved it from start to finish. Chris Farley is a wonderful physical actor and uses his size to his advantage. When paired with David Spade, the two are a perfect comic couple. David has a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor that he unleashes on Farley. Tommy Boy is funny on several different levels that require several viewings to fully appreciate. The sound track is great and has lots of songs that you can sing along with, if you know the words. Tommy saves the company and gets the girl. It doesn't get much better than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Boy, March 11 2003
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Sean Parauka (Orange, CT United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tommy Boy (VHS Tape)
This movie, Tommy Boy is a very good comedy to watch. The movie is full of laughs. This was the first movie of the Farley and Spade duo.
The story sets out with a lazy, stupid, college bum who is the son of the President of the family's auto parts corporation. Tommy (Farley) comes back from college after graduating and starts working with his father again. His father, is in the middle of taking out a huge loan for the new brake pad division and he ends up dying at his wedding. Now Tommy is left alone to run the company which he has no idea about.
In order to get the loan, he has to sell half a million if their new brake pads. He doesn't know a thing about selling. So his father's right hand man, Richard (Spade) who knows about selling is going out on the road with him. These two don't get along.
A lot of funny things go on while on the road. From lighting things in fire, killing a deer and putting it in the car, and breaking the car door. About the car, everywhere they go, the car gets more and more destroyed.
See what Tommy does next. This movie is excellent. Go get Tommy Boy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun, a lot of heart, Jan. 25 2003
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J. N. Mohlman (Barrington, RI USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tommy Boy (Widescreen) (DVD)
While Chris Farley's work was admittedly up and down over the course of his career, "Tommy Boy" is the perfect example of what we are missing because of his untimely passing. Yes, it is hysterically funny, but it also has a lot of heart; without even trying, it is a great movie about friendship and overcoming tragedy.
Of course, that's not why you should watch it. You should watch "Tommy Boy" because I have seen it at least a dozen times, and yet I still end up with tears rolling down my face at least once during the movie because I'm laughing so hard. Farley was an absolute master of physical comedy, and "Tommy Boy" is loaded with great slapstick. However, it's his give and take with the supremely sarcastic David Spade that provides some of the film's funniest moments.
In addition, Bo Derek, Brian Dennehy and Rob Lowe are all great in their supporting roles. Lowe, was particularly impressive as Tommy's sleazy step-brother; somehow he manages to play it straight the whole movie without ever being dull. Finally, Dan Akroyd is great in his extended cameo.
If you're looking for Oscar worthy performances, or you don't appreciate physical humor, skip this one, you won't like it. However, if you're just looking for a ridiculous romp that make you roll with laughter and leave you feeling good, this is the movie for you.
Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Boy, Jan. 9 2003
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E. Batica (MN) - See all my reviews
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This was my favorite movie from Farley. TOMMY BOY is hilarious! There's a lot of patented Chris Farley physical comedy and you also get the smart mouth wise crack comedy from David Spade in this movie as well.
Farley is Tommy and after his father dies of a heart attack, he inherits his father's auto parts company. He also finds out that his father's business was going into bankruptcy and now it's up to Tommy and Richard (Spade) to travel across the country and sell as many of brake pads as they can so the company doesn't have to sell.
This movie is truly hilarious and I enjoyed every minute of it. One of my favorite scenes in the entire movie is when Tommy and his girlfriend are on a date on the lake and he's get heckled by some kids. And how could you not laugh at the part with the deer in the back seat?
Great movie, very funny and it never gets old. Check out TOMMY BOY and also check out some of Farley's other movies like BLACK SHEEP and BEVERLY HILLS NINJA. And if you're looking for more SNL stars, check out Adam Sandler in THE WATERBOY and HAPPY GILMORE, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in WAYNE'S WORLD and WAYNE'S WORLD 2 and Molly Shannon in SUPERSTAR just to name a few.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Farley Rules!!!, July 24 2002
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This review is from: Tommy Boy (Widescreen) (DVD)
Tommy Callahan (Played by SNL's Chris Farley) plays the son of a Auto Parts Tycoon that has just died. The company has been stretched thin financially because his father was just about to launch a new brake pad division. Tommy decides to take his father's place and promote the new brake pads to save the company from being bought out by Zalinsky (played by SNL's Dan Akroyd) auto parts.
Most of the movie revolves around the adventures of Chris Farley and David Spade, who has been assigned to Tommy to keep him in line. The two actors play off each other so well, they could easily be considered one of the best comedic duos of all time.
In the lighthearted fashion of "Black Sheep" and "Billy Madison", this movie is truly hilarious and equally brainless at times. Farley proves that he is a comedic master in what I consider to be his best film.
If you have never seen this movie before I guarantee it will make you laugh from start to finish. A comedic masterpiece that everyone should own!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rest in Peace, big guy, we miss ya!, July 17 2001
This review is from: Tommy Boy (VHS Tape)
I just love this movie! It is smart, funny, and it even has heart. Chris Farley was a comic genius, he could make you laugh without even trying. And, he and David Spade made a great team, the funniest comic team since Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. It's just too bad they only made two movies together (three if you count "Coneheads", but they weren't really together in that movie, just both in it, and that movie wasn't so great anyway), I would have liked to have seen more. The basic story of this movie is that Farley plays Tommy Calahan, a burnout college student whose father (Brian Dennehy) owns a brake pad company. When his father dies, Tommy must take over and try to keep the company afloat with the help of his dad's assistant (Spade), and keep his evil stepmom and her "son" (played by Bo Derek and Rob Lowe) from usurping the inheritance. Through this somewhat cliched storyline, we get tons of laughs, and more than a couple of dramatic moments, proving it's not just some silly little film. If you love to laugh, you can't get go wrong here. I also recommend Farley and Spade's second movie, "Black Sheep". It's not quite as good as this one, but still very funny. It's really a shame that personal and health problems took this man's life, there is definitely a huge void in the world of comedy without him (that was not intended to be a fat joke, I mean that seriously). Please see this movie, it is very good.
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