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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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


$32,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bassist in the band that plays at the wedding plays a Fender Precision Bass with a tobacco sunburst finish See more »


Richard hits Tommy in the face with a 2x4 when they get into a fight. This board was nowhere in sight in the long shot of them getting out of the car, and not enough time passes between shots for Richard to have run off, found it, and returned. See more »


Richard Hayden: All right, now it's sale time, so remember, we don't take no...?
Tommy: No shit from anyone.
Richard Hayden: No.
Tommy: Um, we don't take no prisoners.
Richard Hayden: We don't take no for answer.
Tommy: Oh yeah... We don't take no for an answer! We don't take no for an answer...
[Tommy and Richard have just finished a presentation]
'No' Manager: No.
Tommy: Okey-dokey.
'No' Manager: No.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VIII (1997) See more »


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By Michael Stipe (as John Michael Stipe), Bill Berry (as William Berry), Peter Buck, and Mike Mills
Performed by R.E.M.
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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Greatest Comedy Of The 90's
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is by far my favorite movie of all time. There is just no comparison to this film.

The title may seem stupid, and it may look like another American Pie, but no. This movie actually is quite good and well written. The jokes are hilarious and you will be laughing every minute of this movie.

There is not one moment of this film that I didn't like. It even has a great plot to it. Tommy, a hopeless 20 something who just graduated college returns to his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio. He is given a job at this father's auto part company, even though he isn't very smart. Tragedy strikes though, when Tommy's father dies and the company is in danger. In order to save the company Tommy must sell at least a half a million of the company's break pads in order to pay off the bank.

To do this Tommy (Christ Farley), goes on an insane road trip with Richard (David Spade). Richard, a smart and sarcastic man, is reluctant to help Tommy. He thinks the entire trip will just be a failure.

I won't give away the ending, but the end result of this film is great. Its a good comedy. Chris Farley was hilarious in this film, him and Spade are magic together.

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