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Tommy Boy: Holy Schnike Edition
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Sep 2, 2005 By: Quigles
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Director:
Peter Segal

Actors:
Chris Farley
David Spade
Brian Dennehy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In order to save his company, a dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory has to go on the road and make some major sales. But he can’t go alone – he needs the help of an uptight, snobbish assistant to aid his needs. Stuff doesn’t quite go as planned (otherwise described as “a whole lot of f*cked up shit goes down”).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The first Chris Farley movie I regrettably checked out was BEVERLY HILLS NINJA. After I finished crying, I decided to swear off ever seeing another one of his films again. I recently broke that promise by watching BLACK SHEEP, TOMMY BOY, and even ALMOST HEROES (don’t ask me why – maybe I have masochistic tendencies). The only one of the flicks that didn’t make my eyes bleed was TOMMY BOY. It’s still incredibly stupid, but equally as fun, riotous, and surprisingly sweet (whereas the others were just painfully brainless). This is probably the only Farley flick where laughs are consistent all the way through. Admittedly though, you may feel bad that you’re laughing at such stupid gags. I still can’t for the life of me figure out why I find Chris Farley talking into a fan amusing.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Lately there has been an extreme overload in terms of Special Edition DVDs that, well, suck – this not being one of them. Surprised, I was, by the very nice collection of extras (did I just get all Yoda for a second?). Even the menu set-up feels very organized and easy to navigate. And as an extra plus, the actual slipcase that comes with the DVD isn’t pointless; there’s a humorous open-cover map to enjoy. In terms of extras and presentation, I couldn’t have asked for more.

Disc 1:

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.

Disc 2:

Featurettes:
  • 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.
Storyboard Comparisons (14:02): There are 7 scenes, all handsomely presented and drawn. Check out a few of them, and skip the rest.

Additional Scenes:
  • 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.
Gag Reel (4:17): Exactly what you’d expect from a gag reel featuring Chris Farely – absolutely crazy. I laughed out loud once or twice, and chuckled consistently, mostly because of how mad Farely gets when he messes up.

There is also a giant Photo Gallery, the Theatrical Trailer, and a butt-load of TV Spots (19 to be exact).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
At least Chris Farley was able to get one good movie on his resume before his untimely death. If you’ve decided not to check out TOMMY BOY because you saw one of Farley’s other flicks and felt like committing suicide, I completely understand. However, I do suggest at least giving it a try. Even if you don’t like it, at least you wont suffer through it. And to all those fans out there, I order you to check out this Special Edition DVD, which is chock full of excellent bonus material.
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