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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 48. Tommy Boy (1995)

August 29, 2011

48. Tommy Boy [DVD] (1995)

Plot: When Tom Callahan (Brian Dennehy), owner of an auto parts company dies, the company is left to his son Tommy Boy (Chris Farley). Trouble is, he is a dim-witted slob who took seven years to get a college degree. With his dad’s assistant Richard (David Spade) trying to guide him, they hit the road on a sales trip to save the company.

Lurking in the background is Big Tom’s new wife Beverly (Bo Derek) and son Paul (Rob Lowe), who secretly plan to sell off the company if he fails.

If at first you don’t succeed, lower your standards. (tagline)

Also Starring: Dan AykroydJulie Warner
Directed by: 
Peter Segal
Written by: Bonnie TurnerTerry Turner
Length: 97 min
Budget: N/A
Gross Revenue: $32,700,000 (USA)

Favorite Quote: 
Does this suit make me look fat? 
No, your face does.

Review: Every Top 100 Greatest Movies of All Time list needs a lowbrow comedy with heart, starring a fat guy who falls and crushes a table and ultimately teams up for a funny road trip with a sarcastic sidekick.

This is that movie!!

Nerdiest Movie Trivia:
The film is actually an update of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’: Tommy is the Prince, his father dies, his mother (Bo Derek) is Gertrude, in reality married to his “step brother” (Rob Lowe) who is Claudius. David Spade’s character is Horatio.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 49. Dirty Dancing (1987)


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2011 10:59

    Ha! Is that Hamlet thing true? Did they really write it that way on purpose? Because if so, my love of that movie would somehow be even higher.

    • Sika permalink*
      August 29, 2011 10:59

      They never made a thing about it (that I know of) when it came out, like they did with Clueless and how it’s loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma. But it must be true, since I found the news on the Internet..!

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