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03.31.2015
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Most would agree that the best film in Chris Farley's short resume is 1995's TOMMY BOY, a comedy that capitalizes on the late comedian's "aw, shucks" routine that quickly turned into a full on locomotive when unleashed. Now, 2o years after it's release, we take a look back on the film that helped make him a household name. Directed by Peter Segal, the road-trip comedy is often likened to the classic Steve Martin/John Candy classic PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES, but it also bears a resemblance to a funny version of Shakespeare's HAMLET.

The buddy team-up features Farley as the dopey-but-passionate son on a mission to save his father's company along with the company's right hand "straight man" played with dry sarcasm by David Spade. In what should've been a silly and forgettable comedy, TOMMY BOY proved to be much more to fans and has since taken on the mantle of a cult classic, especially in the wake of Farley's death in 1997, cutting his legacy short, but leaving behind at least a few films (and some brilliant SNL appearances) that showcased his unique comedy stylings.

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Extra Tidbit: What was your favorite Chris Farley film?
Source: JoBlo.com

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12:23PM on 03/31/2015
Naked Gun 33 1/3, not 33 1/2....tsk tsk.
Naked Gun 33 1/3, not 33 1/2....tsk tsk.
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11:26AM on 03/31/2015
Tommy Boy, of course. Nothing comes close. Black Sheep just copied the formula. Beverly Hills Ninja is hilarious, but also weirdly painful. Almost Heroes...yeah, the less said the better. I think the real tragedy of Farley's death isn't even that we lost decades of future talent (he seemed like the type to eventually go the dramedies route ala Bill Murray) but the money combined with his All or Nothing Partying Lifestyle...Then I think about the circumstances of his death and even though it was
Tommy Boy, of course. Nothing comes close. Black Sheep just copied the formula. Beverly Hills Ninja is hilarious, but also weirdly painful. Almost Heroes...yeah, the less said the better. I think the real tragedy of Farley's death isn't even that we lost decades of future talent (he seemed like the type to eventually go the dramedies route ala Bill Murray) but the money combined with his All or Nothing Partying Lifestyle...Then I think about the circumstances of his death and even though it was an accident, you see the pain and isolation that fueled his addictions, which fueled his film choices towards the end, based on the size of the paycheck ($6M in early 1990's money, or $10M today) plus whatever he'd already been paid for what would become Shrek....
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11:25AM on 03/31/2015
Great film. Also my favorite Farley film as well.
Great film. Also my favorite Farley film as well.
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11:24AM on 03/31/2015
Love Tommy Boy but kinda have a soft spot for Black Sheep, which seems like a semi-sequel to me.
Love Tommy Boy but kinda have a soft spot for Black Sheep, which seems like a semi-sequel to me.
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9:30PM on 03/31/2015
Exactly how I feel. Took the formula but didn't feel repetitive, to me.
Exactly how I feel. Took the formula but didn't feel repetitive, to me.
11:11AM on 03/31/2015
Tommy Boy is my favorite Chris Farley movie.
Tommy Boy is my favorite Chris Farley movie.
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