Tommy Boy
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stupid is apparently in."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Tommy Boy is a good belly laugh of a movie."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"re-do it as a 10-15 minute motivational tape as a seminar for business and sales people"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School 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."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"...Spade and Farley are so good together..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's some indication of the wit involved that Farley is reduced to cracking fat jokes at his own expense."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Raunchy, funny, and not for younger kids."
‑ Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
"Inane and tasteless comedy of obesity and incompetence."
‑ , Film4
"There's nothing to grasp, nothing that gives off that good feeling of enjoying a comedy."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"The most peculiar aspect of the movie is that some of it is played straight."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"The movie is an assembly of cliches and obligatory scenes from dozens of other movies, all its better."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Farley and Spade have a definite chemistry, and they do their best to pick up the slack. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"If this pairing sounds like movie magic to you, we're sure you'll love the picture."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's not high art -- but it IS pretty damn funny, and sometimes that's more than good enough."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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