The Reviewing Network’s Favorite Movies #14: Tommy Boy

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Tommy Boy is a 1995 American road comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie and Terry Turner, produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring former Saturday Night Live castmates and close friends Chris Farley and David Spade.

Tommy Callahan Jr. (Chris Farley) is a slow-witted, clumsy guy who recently graduated college after attending for seven years. His father, Big Tom Callahan (Brian Dennehy), owns an auto parts factory in Ohio. When Tommy arrives back home, he finds he has a position at the factory waiting for him. His dad also introduces Tommy to the new brake pad division of the factory and to Tommy’s soon-to-be stepmother, Beverly (Bo Derek), and her son Paul (Rob Lowe). But when Big Tom dies, the factory threatens to go under unless the new brake pads are to be sold. Therefore, Tommy must go on the road to sell them, along with the assistance of Richard (David Spade), Big Tom’s right-hand man. Will Tommy save the company, or will the factory, and the town, go under?

Most people don’t look at this movie as anything too classic or redeemable but really, I think it’s one of the funniest comedies I’ve ever seen.

Chris Farley and David Spade work incredibly well, the dialogue is hilarious, the jokes are memorable, and it’s just funny, it’s just a really fucking funny movie.

I remember watching this as one of the first movies I ever saw as a kid growing up and it’s a movie that’s held up very well to me.

Granted, there’s a couple of moments that feel out of place but the movie as a whole is still very enjoyable.

Probably the best bits in the film are with Chris Farley and David Spade. I mean, you can tell that these two guys really do love each other as friends and it shows in the film, the connection and the chemistry the two have on screen is just perfect and they work incredibly well together on screen. Even in something as mediocre like Black Sheep, both of them still work amazing well together.

The film also has one of my favorite lines from any movie, “I can get a good look at a T-Bone by sticking my head up a bull’s ass but I’d rather take the butcher’s word for it.” I’ve always been fascinated with that line, it’s a different twist on the traditional motivation line and yet, when I think of Tommy Boy, that’s the one line I always take from it. It’s like, “yeah, you could think about it but would you rather trust me about it?”

It’s just a really funny movie with a lot of heart, really good comedy, and it’s just straight up funny. It’s well worth checking out.

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