on July 13, 2004
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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on August 1, 2003
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.
on March 11, 2003
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.
on January 25, 2003
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.
on January 9, 2003
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.
on July 24, 2002
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!
on July 17, 2001
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.
on June 24, 2001
That's right! Right after Monty Python and the Holey Grail and Happy Gilmore. Chris Farley (RIP) and David Spade were hilarious. I never really got into Chris Farley until I saw this movie. I saw Coneheads and hated that movie so much that I didn't even pay attention to Chris Farley's performance, but after seeing this, I had to see his other movies. If you are just getting started with Chris Farley, start with this one, then watch his other movies in this order (just a recomendation): Dirty Work (small cameo but worth watching), Beverly Hills Ninja (Chris is the Great White Ninja), Almost Heroes (forget Davey Crockett, Farley is the real king of the wild fronteir), Black Sheep (humor is a little dumb but give it a shot), Billy Madison (another cameo but watch it just for Chris). As for David, he hasn't had much luck with his movies (haven't seen Joe Dirt yet), but I would recomend Black Sheep (how about that, Farley and Spade working together again) and don't miss his work on the TV show Just Shoot Me. This movie best describes how much a loss Chris Farley is and me and all his other fans are going to miss him very much. We love you Chris!
on April 17, 2001
Tommy Boy like all great comedies, is deeply underapprectiated. Sure, it's predictable, the jokes are cheap, but no comedy duo has ever had so much chemistry since this came out (95-present). David Spade is the perfect sarcastic supporting character, while Chris Farley is the perfect psycho. I love tommy boy though because it has heart. Chris Farley's death adds a special layer of warmness to it (I mean really, people were crying at the end scene-or maybe not) and it just rules. Some great scenes include: -When David Spade rips off the door to his car -When David Spade's hair gets ripped off -All the car scene scenes (the singing of REM's song is classic-and that Estu song was really sappy but great) -The now classic "fat guy in a little coat" scene -The whole killer bees scene -When Helen the waitress approaches their table and says "good lord what happened to your face?" and that "Im sorry" song plays in the back -When driving, the hood flips up because Tommy didn't take the oil can out of the hood -The constant insult scenes Tommy Boy is such a funny and touching comedy. It's predictable and dire, but funny as anything. No comedy can touch its sweetness or its crudeness. But remember, if we hit anything, it'll be a mountain.
on April 10, 2001
If you like slapstick and wry comments and smart remarks, this is the story for you.
However, I wouldn't recommend this story to people who don't like to see other people put down, slapstick or who personally hate the actors.
Story centers around Tommy Boy, a not so bright lad just out of college, who follows the model of the fool archetype (this means he does stupid things and gets ridiculed) on the hero's quest (to make sure that his father's car company doesn't go out of business). David Spade is his reflection character who supplies plenty of conflict and laughs.
TOP FIVE SCENES OF TOMMY BOY:
(1) Two of them in the car singing SUPERSTAR while they cry; total sappy song but good;
(2) Spade hitting Tommy Boy character with a two by four during a fight;
(3) Robe Lowe relieving himself on a power outlet and getting a shock of his life;
(4) Lowe and Tommy Boy going out cow tipping and the whole scene; and
(5) the things Spade said about Tommy Boy to the passengers on the plane when they're faking it as attendants. Look for it. :D
Easily falls into my top ten funniest films/shows.