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Tommy Boy

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
3 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Date:
February 1999
IMDB Name:
Tommy Boy (1995)
Peter Segal
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for sex-related humor, some drug content and nudity.

Brake Pad Prince

The real question to ask: are you a Chris Farley fan? If not, you may not do so well watching Tommy Boy. Farley's brand of physical humor doesn't appeal equally to all, and for me, it has its moments. One of the highlights of the role here, as the son of a brake pad king, is that his hysterics seem to match the character. Selling that isn't easy, but Farley does it. It isn't even difficult to believe that he's Brian Dennehy's son.

Good Gags

I wouldn't want to ruin any of the jokes for you. Let me give you an idea anecdotally: I watched the movie with headphones to not disturb some studiously studying students in the house. They stopped talking to discuss the range and quality of laughter I was emitting. Now that's funny.

Inevitable Comparisons

I saw Black Sheep when it was in theaters, and it certainly wasn't funny like this. Reaching farther into the movies of former stars of "Saturday Night Live", Wayne's World is much better. I was able to sustain my laughter much better there than here. Austin Powers is also significantly better. In summary, it's funny, but not the funniest.

Other Opinions

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