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Tommy Boy (1995)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 23

Though it benefits from the comic charms of its two leads, Tommy Boy too often feels like a familiar sketch stretched thin.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 7

Though it benefits from the comic charms of its two leads, Tommy Boy too often feels like a familiar sketch stretched thin.



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Movie Info

Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley had his first starring role in this frankly lowbrow comedy, which teamed him with fellow SNL cast member David Spade. Big Tom Callahan (Brian Dennehy) is the street-smart owner of a company that makes auto parts, and one day he'd like his son Tommy Callahan III (Chris Farley) to take over the business. Trouble is, Tommy Boy is a fat, dim-witted slob who took seven years to get a business degree and has no idea how to run a business. His father's sudden death


Comedy, Special Interest

Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

Nov 9, 1999

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (23) | DVD (25)

Stupid is apparently in.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (4)
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It's some indication of the wit involved that Farley is reduced to cracking fat jokes at his own expense.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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The most peculiar aspect of the movie is that some of it is played straight.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
New York Times
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Tommy Boy is a good belly laugh of a movie.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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As a sketch for a Saturday Night Live show, it would have been a tour de force. But as part of this rather unimaginative movie, it's just a bit with a burning desk.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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The movie is an assembly of cliches and obligatory scenes from dozens of other movies, all its better.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
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re-do it as a 10-15 minute motivational tape as a seminar for business and sales people

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Raunchy, funny, and not for younger kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Farley and Spade have a definite chemistry, and they do their best to pick up the slack. [Blu-ray]

December 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Against the odds of a feeble script and uninspired direction the duo do, in fact, grow on you, and there are a smattering of silly laughs.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Inane and tasteless comedy of obesity and incompetence.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

If this pairing sounds like movie magic to you, we're sure you'll love the picture.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...Spade and Farley are so good together...

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There's nothing to grasp, nothing that gives off that good feeling of enjoying a comedy.

August 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (6)
Film Threat

It's not high art -- but it IS pretty damn funny, and sometimes that's more than good enough.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

Tommy Boy unspools just as you expect it to, and the comedy is as unrewarding as the story

June 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

Passably funny star vehicle. Nothing great.

September 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A bone-headed farce that embraces its banality with sheer jubilation. Farley and Spade bring their inspired and nutty SNL antics to frenzied form.

May 22, 2003
Movie Eye

The late Chris Farley's funniest work

May 10, 2003 | Comment (1)
Lawrence Journal-World

David Spade and Chris Farley made a fine comedic team.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Chris Farely at his best.

September 17, 2002
Broomfield Enterprise

Astounding for its number of effective gags, and it is a comedy that loses nothing on repeat viewings.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Audience Reviews for Tommy Boy

One of my favorite cult classic comedies! RIP Chris Farley
April 21, 2012
Tyler Christian

Super Reviewer

Definitely one of my favorite buddy comedies and just one of those movies that never loses its ability to be funny, no matter how many times you've seen it. Chris Farley delivers his finest performance here as the lovable goofball everyone wanted to see him as. He's just so genuinely nice and incredibly stupid at the same time, but something of a borderline genius on top of that. Paired up with David Spade, it's like instant magic. Their chemistry together is so natural and the fact that their characters and comedic style are polar opposites is really interesting. Unlimited destruction occurs on their road trip, mainly to Richard's car, and it is what every comedy aspires to be. This is never short on jokes, has a fun storyline and great characters. You'd be crazy not to see why Tommy Boy is such an utter classic.
June 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

Although this movie has actors from Saturday Night Live, it isn't based on a SNL sketch or characters, it's a road tip movie about friendship. This movie is hilarious and a lot of fun, it's probably Spade's best movie. I highly recommend it.
June 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Tommy Callahan III: Brothers gotta hug.
    – Submitted by Trevin C (6 months ago)
    1. Tommy Callahan III: No! Please! Ah god...son of a...
    – Submitted by Trevin C (6 months ago)
    1. Richard: Late again Tommy?
    2. Tommy Callahan III: Shut up, Richard!
    – Submitted by Trevin C (6 months ago)
    1. Tommy Callahan III: How do you know the guaranteed fairy isn't some crazy glue sniffer. He sneaks into your house once and that's all it takes. Next thing you know, there is money missing off your dresser and your daughter is knocked up! I've seen it a hundred times.
    – Submitted by Ryan W (18 months ago)
    1. Tommy Callahan III: If you want me to take a dump in a box, and mark it guaranteed I will. I've got spare time.
    – Submitted by Ryan W (18 months ago)
    1. Tommy Callahan III: [when the ran over deer comes to] IT'S ALIVE!
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
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