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Tommy Boy (1995)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 31 March 1995 (USA)
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After his auto-parts tycoon father dies, the overweight, underachieving son teams up with a snide accountant to try and save the family business.

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Peter Segal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Farley ... Tommy
David Spade ... Richard
Brian Dennehy ... Big Tom
Bo Derek ... Beverly
Dan Aykroyd ... Zalinsky
Julie Warner ... Michelle
Sean McCann ... Frank Rittenhauer
Zach Grenier ... Ted Reilly
James Blendick James Blendick ... Ron Gilmore
Clinton Turnbull Clinton Turnbull ... Young Tommy
Ryder Britton Ryder Britton ... Young Richard
Paul Greenberg ... Skittish Student
Graeme Millington Graeme Millington ... Frat Boy
Michael Cram ... Frat Boy
Dean Marshall ... Frat Boy
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Storyline

Tommy Callahan Jr. is a slow-witted, clumsy guy who recently graduated college after attending for seven years. His father, Big Tom Callahan, owns an auto parts factory in Ohio. When Tommy arrives back home, he finds he has a position at the factory waiting for him. His dad also introduces Tommy to the new brake pad division of the factory and to Tommy's soon-to-be stepmother, Beverly, and her son Paul. But when Big Tom dies, the factory threatens to go under unless the new brake pads are to be sold. Therefore, Tommy must go on the road to sell them, along with the assistance of Richard, Big Tom's right-hand man. Will Tommy save the company, or will the factory, and the town, go under? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards.

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, some drug content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fat Chance See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$32,700,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to David Spade, both he and Chris Farley ended up dating Lorri Bagley who played the naked woman at the pool. According to Spade, this caused some tension between them during the filming of Black Sheep (1996). See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie Richard claims to have dropped a 440 6-Pack Magnum engine into his Plymouth GTX. In all later scenes with the hood up or missing, it shows that the car is actually equipped with a standard 440 4 Barrel, as indicated by the "440 Magnum Four Barrel" Air Cleaner. The Magnum and the 6-Pack are two different packages for the 440, impossible to confuse with one another. 440 4 Barrel engines are equipped with a single four barrel carburetor and round air cleaner, where 6-Pack engines are equipped with three two barrel carburetors and a massive oblong air cleaner that covers the entire length of the intake. See more »

Quotes

Richard Hayden: [Zalinski turns on a high-powered fan that blows Richard's toupee off] You tell anyone about this and I will kill you, you understand me?
Tommy: Uh... it looks real!
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Crazy Credits

Rob Lowe is mentioned on video covers, but remains uncredited on-screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 9 secs for a PG certificate to edit shots of a woman pulling down her bikini and the sound of a man unzipping his flies. Later releases were uncut and upgraded to a 12 certificate. See more »

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Crazy
By Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Great Comedy Everyone Needs to See
19 April 2004 | by collinroeverSee all my reviews

This is a comedy in which Thomas 'Tommy' Callahan III (Chris Farley) who is a slow-witted, clumsy guy who recently graduated college after attending for seven years. His father, Thomas 'Big Tom' Callahan II (Brian Dennehy), owns an auto parts factory in Ohio. When Tommy arrives back home, he finds he has a position at the factory waiting for him. His dad also introduces Tommy to the new brake pad division of the factory and to Tommy's soon-to-be stepmother, Beverly Barish-Burns (Bo Derek), and her supposed son Paul Barish (Rob Lowe). But when Big Tom dies, the factory threatens to go under unless the new brake pads are to be sold. Therefore, Tommy must go on the road to sell them, along with the assistance of Richard Hayden (David Spade), Big Tom's right-hand man. Beverly and Paul who are con artists and also husband and wife who try to con Tommy and his family out of the company's money. Tommy and Richard travel all over the Midwestern United States trying to sell a half a million brake pads. If they don't sell the half a million brake pads, the company will be sold to Ray Zalinsky (Dan Aykroyd). This movie is full of great laughs and everybody will enjoy it. If Chris Farley was alive today, I bet there would be many more great and funny movies like this one. There are plenty of great passages that I hear everyday from this movie. I have seen it so many times I have lost count. I pretty much know it by heart. It is that great of a movie. Everybody needs to see it.


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