An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.
Release Year: 1995
Rating: 6.8/10 (32,476 voted)
Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy
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?
Writers: Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner
If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards.
Paramount Pictures [United States] |
Release Date: 31 March 1995
Filming Locations: BCE Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Did You Know?
When Bo Derek's character comes out of the pool, Tommy says to Big Tom (Brian Dennehy), "Whoa, dad. She's a… ten!" Bo Derek and Brian Dennehy both appeared in
In the last scene, Tommy's boat is in shallow water. Yet when the wind picks up, his boat is farther out in the lake.
Ok, folks, the guy in front of you is Tommy, he's gonna be taking you through my little spiel here. Tommy is a Scorpio, he likes biking and he's never been laid.
Thank you, Chris Farley, wherever you are…
As it turns out, Chris Farley and David Spade only made three movies
together ("Coneheads", "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep"), but this was
truly the "Citizen Kane" of their pairings. Farley plays Thomas
Callahan III, the dimwitted heir to an auto parts company. His father
Big Tom (Brian Dennehy) hires mild-mannered Richard Hayden (David
Spade) to look after him. Big Tom is getting married to a "ten" (Bo
Derek), so everything has to be in order. After Big Tom suddenly dies,
Tommy and Richard have to try to sell half a million auto parts to save
the company from bankruptcy. From then on, the movie is pretty much an
excuse for Chris Farley to do what he does best: make a mess of
When this movie first came out in the theaters, I saw it with my
grandfather. He figured out early on that the Bo Derek and Rob Lowe
characters were hiding something. But you can completely ignore that
and simply luxuriate in Chris Farley's antics. Nothing is safe around
his stomach, and hell hath no fury like his happy-go-lucky attitude.
The scene where he sets the cars on fire, and later the deer scene,
make for a pure laugh riot. Chris Farley and David Spade were truly the
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd of their era. It's a pleasure to always be
able to think about "Fat guy in a little coat" time and again.