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Tommy Boy (1995)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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 unexpectedly puts Tommy Boy in charge, with his dad's weasely assistant Richard (David Spade) trying to guide him. However, what no one knows is Big Tom's wife, the young and beautiful Beverly (Bo Derek), married him only for his money while holding on to her lover, Paul (Rob Lowe), whose presence she explains by telling people he's her son. Beverly and Paul are waiting for Tommy Boy to run the company into the ground so they can take over, sell it off and earn a quick payoff. However, what Tommy Boy lacks in smarts (and hygiene), he makes up for in determination, and he hits the road with Richard for a long sales trip in a last ditch effort to rescue his father's legacy. Tommy Boy was a major hit that turned Chris Farley into a screen star; sadly, died a little over 2 1/2 years later.

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Cast

David Spade
as Richard
Bo Derek
as Beverly
Dan Aykroyd
as Zalinsky
Julie Warner
as Michelle
Sean McCann
as Rittenhauer
Clinton Turnbull
as Young Tommy
Ryder Britton
as Young Richard
Paul Greenberg
as Skittish Student
Michael Cram
as Frat Boy
Dean Marshall
as Frat Boy
Roy Lewis
as Louis
Austin Pool
as Obnoxious Bus Kid
David Calderisi
as 'Yes' Executive
Marc Strange
as Toy CAr Executive
Michael Ewing
as Ticket Agent
Michael "MD" Dunston
as Singer at Wedding
Henry Gomez
as Airport Cop
George Kinamis
as Kid at Lake
Camilla Scott
as Stewardess
Dov Tiefenbach
as Kid at Lake
Marilyn Boyle
as Woman with Pen
Mark Zador
as Kid at Lake
Helen Hughes
as Boardroom Lady
Gil Filar
as Kid in Bank
J.R. Zimmerman
as Boardroom Man
Robert K. Weiss
as `No' Manager
Ron James
as Bank Guard
Reg Dreger
as `No' Manager
Bunty Webb
as Large Woman
Sandi Stahlbrand
as News Reporter
Lloyd White
as `No' Manager
David Huband
as Gas Attendant
Brian Kaulback
as Bank Guard
Robbie Rox
as Restaurant Regular
Hayley Gibbins
as Little Girl at Carnival
Julianne Gilles
as Brady's Receptionist
Addison Bell
as Mr. Brady
Cory Sevier
as Boy in Commercial
Colin Fox
as Nelson
Lorri Bagley
as Woman at Pool
Lynn Cunningham
as Pretty Hitchiker
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Critic Reviews for Tommy Boy

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8)

Stupid is apparently in.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

It's some indication of the wit involved that Farley is reduced to cracking fat jokes at his own expense.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The most peculiar aspect of the movie is that some of it is played straight.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Tommy Boy is a good belly laugh of a movie.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie is an assembly of cliches and obligatory scenes from dozens of other movies, all its better.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Tommy Boy

One of my favorite cult classic comedies! RIP Chris Farley

Tyler Christian
Tyler Christian

Super Reviewer

Tommy Boy is a classic, I will admit, but I have this thing about not even tring in a comedy, and this steals the cake. After slacker and moron Tommys (Chris Farley) father dies, he decides to take over the business, but to show he can do this job, he goes on a business road trip with long time aquaintance Richard (David Spade). But two con artists (Bo Derek, Rob Lowe) will stp at nothing to stop Tommy and gets his money from his failing company. First of all, who doesn't love Chris Farley, I mean we all miss him, admit it, and hes so funny. David Spade is okay, nothing you will die of laughter at. The jokes were good, and I laughed, but some were just so cheesy I couldn't help but shake my head. This film is an american classic, and even if I found Davids acting bad, and some jokes cheesy, this is a classic.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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