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Tommy Boy (1995)

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After his auto-parts tycoon father dies, the overweight, underachieving son teams up with a snide accountant to try and save the family business.

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Peter Segal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Farley ... Tommy
David Spade ... Richard
Brian Dennehy ... Big Tom
Bo Derek ... Beverly
Dan Aykroyd ... Zalinsky
Julie Warner ... Michelle
Sean McCann Sean McCann ... Frank Rittenhauer
Zach Grenier ... Ted Reilly
James Blendick James Blendick ... Ron Gilmore
Clinton Turnbull Clinton Turnbull ... Young Tommy
Ryder Britton Ryder Britton ... Young Richard
Paul Greenberg ... Skittish Student
Graeme Millington Graeme Millington ... Frat Boy
Michael Cram ... Frat Boy
Dean Marshall Dean Marshall ... Frat Boy
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Time See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$32,700,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Segal 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 »

Goofs

During the scene after Tommy and Richard are kicked out of Zalinsky Auto right before Tommy's love interest shows up, you can see the same reddish haired man in a suit walk by behind Tommy twice. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: Let's think about this for a sec, Ted. Why would somebody put a guarantee on a box? Hmmm, very interesting.
Ted Nelson, Customer: Go on, I'm listening.
Tommy: Here's the way I see it, Ted. Guy puts a fancy guarantee on a box 'cause he wants you to feel all warm and toasty inside.
Ted Nelson, Customer: Yeah, makes a man feel good.
Tommy: 'Course it does. Why shouldn't it? Ya figure you put that little box under your pillow at night, the Guarantee Fairy might come by and leave a quarter, am I right, Ted?
[chuckles until he sees that Ted is not laughing]
Ted Nelson, Customer: [...]
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Alternate Versions

When it aired on Comedy Central, it omitted the part when Tommy was singing that he was a maniac and how he's a boss when Paul cleans him with gas after they get dirty by the cows. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 September 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Call On Me
By Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, and Robert Young
Performed by Primal Scream
Courtesy of Sire Records/Creation Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The second hardest I ever laughed at a theater.
11 January 2004 | by TOMASBBloodhoundSee 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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