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Tommy Boy (1995)

 -  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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31 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Le courage d'un con  »

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$32,700,000 (USA)
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Fred Wolf worked on the screenplay uncredited. See more »

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Both Beverly and Tommy would not have received Big Tom's shares of stock right away. After Big Tom's death, his estate, including all his shares of stock, assets, liabilities, and so forth, would have had to have gone through probate. The probate process takes many months, if not years, to close, so the Callahan factory would not have been in any danger of a hostile takeover by Mr. Zalinsky. Consequently, because of probate, any outstanding bank loans or monies due Big Tom's Estate would have been handled by the Executor, and the factory would be able to operate as before. See more »

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Richard Hayden: Ok, folks, the guy in front of you is Tommy, he's gonna be taking you through my little spiel here. Tommy is a Scorpio, he likes biking and he's never been laid.
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It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
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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If you didn't find this funny, then you need to find a sense of humor
18 July 2005 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I watch this film (or portions of it) every time it comes on television. I don't buy many DVDs, but this is one I will definitely make an exception for eventually. Chris Farley and David Spade's antics have been well documented in the other reviews, but in addition to the comedy, you might also find yourself shedding a bit of a sentimental tear. There is one particular scene that had me going from tears of sentiment to tears of laughter in a matter of seconds (the sing-a-long in the car - you know the one if you've seen the movie). Even Rob Lowe had some very funny moments. Frankly, I don't know how they ever managed to finish this movie, as I wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face had I been one of the actors. I imagine there were a lot of re-takes.

If nothing else, this certainly has to feature the funniest cow-tipping scene ever filmed, though I'd be hard pressed to cite other such scenes. Unlike many of the recent comedies, this one is funny throughout. Highly recommended.


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