This flick isn’t groundbreaking stuff. It’s the common formula of “two completely opposite people team up” scenario; obviously, hilarity ensues. The magic of it lies in the two lead performances (Farley and Spade). I’m not particularly a fan of either of them (although Spade has had some good flicks), but here they work because their parts are well written, and fit them to a tee. But even more importantly, they have great chemistry. Farley is crazy and stupid. Spade is uptight and arrogant. It’s straightforward stuff, folks. You don’t need me telling you whether you’re gonna like it or not. If you like stupid but funny humor, then TOMMY BOY is for you. Simple as that.
Commentary (with director Peter Segal): Aside from a couple of long pauses, Segal manages to divulge plenty of interesting information about the movie in this semi-technical commentary. He reminisces about the production, tells stories from on the set, and more. Worth a listen.
There are also 6 Previews.
- Tommy Boy: Behind the Laughter (29:07): A shockingly informative and superbly entertaining making-of featurette that comes highly recommended by me. There is lots of humorous on-set footage, interviews, discussion about various production issues, and more. The makers behind this movie know what you care about, so that’s what they focus on. Funny and enlightening – watch it.
- Stories from the Side of the Road (13:31): A cool extra that details the creation of a handful of the most memorable scenes. Check it out.
- Just the Two of Us (9:46): Another entertaining extra with more on-set footage of the two funny men, as well as discussion from various cast/crew members. It, obviously, focuses on the relationship between the two leads, and how they acted off set as well as on.
- Growing Up Farley (7:30): More Farley antics ensue here, but not from Chris. Two of his brothers discuss some of their worst/favorite memories as children dealing with the violent Chris Farely. Other folk chime in too. Fun stuff – watch it.
- Deleted Scenes (6:53 – with intros): There are 5 excellent scenes, all complete with intros explaining why they were cut. A few of them are hilarious, and all of them are worth watching.
- 15 Extended Scenes (22:33): No intros here, but plenty of extra “Farely moments” to enjoy. Some of the scenes aren’t too different, but a lot of them have extra funny bits.
- 6 Alternate Takes (4:27): These obviously aren’t as good as the ones used in the final cut, but they’re still cool to watch. Basically, these were done to see how funny scenes would be if done differently – most of them are still pretty funny.
There is also a giant Photo Gallery, the Theatrical Trailer, and a butt-load of TV Spots (19 to be exact).