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Tommy Boy (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  31 March 1995 (USA)
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An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.


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Tommy Callahan Jr. is a slow-witted, clumsy guy who recently graduated college after attending for seven years. His father, Big Tom Callahan, 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, and her son Paul. 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, Big Tom's right-hand man. Will Tommy save the company, or will the factory, and the town, go under? Written by Anonymous

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If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards.



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Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, some drug content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fat Chance  »

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$32,700,000 (USA)

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When Richard walks into the mini-mart at the gas station to ask the man behind the counter for directions you can hear Patsy Cline's "Crazy" playing in the background. Julie Warner who plays Tommy's girlfriend Michelle in this movie was also the love interest of Michael J. Fox in Doc Hollywood (1991), in which "Crazy" was the main love theme that Fox and Warner's characters dance and fell in love to. See more »


The tag on Tommy's life jacket appears and disappears between shots in the airplane. See more »


Thomas 'Tommy' Callahan III: Holy Schnike!
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The second hardest I ever laughed at a theater.
11 January 2004 | by (Omaha, NE USA) – See all my reviews

I won't go into great details about this film, basically because there aren't many worth mentioning. It's just a funny little romp with Farley and Spade annoying each other and trying to sell some brake pads in their spare time.

I must however say that one scene almost had me on the sticky floor of the theater because I was laughing so hard. In the scene, the duo are driving down a highway in Spade's recently trashed GTX. An old Carpenters song is playing on the radio and the two are emotionally singing along with it. That alone is funny enough, then the hood of the car pops up and they skid wildly out of control. This produces a hilarious argument culminating in Spade smacking Farley in the head with a 2x4.

The only time I have ever laughed harder in public was during the snowman scene in Dumb and Dumber.

That's really all I have to say about this film. Farley was an adorable slug of a guy. I miss him, even though some of his films were real stinkers.

I'd give it 8 of 10 stars.

So sayeth the Hound.

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