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
If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards.
Did You Know?
told Film School Rejects that at one point during production, scheduling conflicts almost forced Rob Lowe
to drop out of the film. This resulted in the filmmakers holding impromptu auditions while the movie was already filming for the part of Paul Barish. Matthew McConaughey
was one of the actors who auditioned. Eventually, Lowe's scheduling conflicts were resolved and he was able to appear. See more
When Tommy bends the car door back into position at the gas station, it is visibly dented and crumpled along the edge. Immediately after, Richard goes to open the door, it falls to the ground, and is in pristine condition. See more
[saying it correctly
I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull's ass, but I'd rather take a butcher's word for it.
Referenced in Saturday Night Live 25
By Bonnie Bramlett
and Leon Russell
Performed by The Carpenters
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
[sung along to by Chris Farley
(uncredited) and David Spade
(uncredited) while it plays on the car radio] See more