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Tommy Boy
BLU-RAY disk
01.21.2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Peter Segal

Actors:
Chris Farley
David Spade
Rob Lowe

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When his dad unexpectedly dies from a heart attack, Tommy finds himself ill-equipped to deal with the loss. While fighting his evil stepmother and his own ignorance, Tommy teams up with a sarcastic salesman to help save his company.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
TOMMY BOY is one of the all time great comedies. It combines two hilarious comedians in the prime of their careers that just happen to mesh perfectly with one another. While Farley was famous for his crazy, ignorant character and Spade was known for his sarcastic, smart ass character, neither was as good separate as they were together. Although both characters wore stale after a while, they managed to reach their pinnacle in TOMMY BOY.

Itís important that you find Chris Farley and David Spade funny, because with a basic story, the pressure is solely on them to provide the laughs. For me, I couldnít get enough Farley and Spade was great in small doses. But here, they donít go more than five minutes without making me laugh. Iíve probably seen the film a dozen times, and I still manage to laugh every time I see it.

Some of the better comedies of the past five years or so have managed to combine humor with heart, but sometimes you just want to laugh your ass off. Thatís where TOMMY BOY comes in. They do try to add a little bit of heart, and you do start to care for the characters, but itís not about that. Itís about making you laugh and making you laugh often. And really, what more can you ask for with a comedy?

I really donít have anything negative to say about the film. Itís a comedy, so you expect a generic storyline and some unnecessary dramatic sequences. The supporting cast also does a great job with good performances from Brian Dennhey and Rob Lowe. But everyone knows that this film belongs to Farley and Spade and most of the time they just back out of the way and let them go.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Peter Segal: Segal gives a decent commentary, but if you sit down to focus on it, he may lose you a few times with some long pauses. He gets very nostalgic and tends to lose focus, but itís worth a listen for the times he tells a good story or gives some good information.

Tommy Boy: Behind the Laughter (29:04): I was really surprised by this featurette in that it went further than most making-of featurettes and actually talked about cool aspects of the film. We get into all kinds of behind the scenes drama and production difficulties that most filmmakers lie about. This one is pretty good.

Stories from the Side of the Road (13:30): Meh, this one was a bit of a letdown after watching the first one. Itís a collection of scenes and some extra tidbits about each one. Itís okay, but nothing great.

Just the Two of Us (9:44): This one is a little depressing because it focuses on how great Farley and Spade were together. Neither was as funny alone as they were together and this is a giant reminder of that. Itís a good featurette, just a little depressing.

Growing Up Farley (7:32): Chrisís brothers come in and talk about some of their memories growing up with Chris. I liked this, but again, itís depressing. But itís nice that some of their memories will live on forever on Blu-ray.

Deleted Scenes (6:54): We get a quick intro into each scene and I was impressed with each of them. Iím mad at myself for not watching these when the DVD came out, but better late than never I guess. If you liked the film, youíll like these scenes.

Alternate Takes (4:27): I would say each of these was as funny as the scenes in the film, which is saying a lot considering how much I love the movie. These are worth the time.

Extended Scenes (22:31): These, on the other hand, are a little unnecessary because theyíre so close to the scenes in the movie. There are slight differences, but overall youíre not missing much.

Gag Reel (4:19): Farley acting crazy on setÖof course. Itís a mostly typical gag reel, but Chris is still hilarious.

There are some Previews , a Photo Gallery, TV Spots and some Storyboard Comparisons
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
TOMMY BOY has a very high ďre-watchabilityĒ factor, which makes it a must-own in any collection. Itís not a film that requires perfect audio or video, so I donít know if a Blu-ray upgrade is necessary. However, if you donít have it, itís well worth the purchase price.
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