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.~Sandra Brennan
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Feature Film with Commentary by Director Peter Segal
Chris Farley as simplistic his comedy is is one of the funniest men to ever grace the screen. The man was just hilarious and personally this movie is my favorite of his. Bought it mainly for nostalgia and it was great to relive it but I surprised by how much it held up. Some jokes definitely wouldn't fly nowadays due to everyone's sensitive nature but it's still hilarious.
Chris Farley and David Spade's best movie together.
Classic slapstick juvenile comedy.......doesn't get any better.
Have shown some of the sales techniques to many salespeople over the years.
Still as funny as it was 24 years ago.
I ordered a classic movie, and am happy to have it as part of my collection at home. Something that my husband and I enjoy, and now that our children are old enough to watch it with us. It will most likely become a family tradition.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
One of the Best of All Time!
Owned for 5 months when reviewed.
This is a must-see Comedy movie, especially if you're a fan of Chris Farley. One of the best classics of all time!