Limited Edition Steelbook
review by Bobby Blakey
One of the funniest guys of all time has to be the late great Chris Farley. His addiction took him from us too soon and while he doesn’t have a massive body of work, what he does have delivers. Farley and David Spade teamed up for a couple of films, but it started with the 1995 comedy Tommy Boy. Now the comedy classic is getting the limited edition Steelbook release, but does it hold up or will it not be able to still sell the laughs?
Tommy Boy follows 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?
I don’t think I have sat down to watch this movie in years, but have kept a lot of the silly quotes in my own personal rotation. You know there are some films, comedies especially that just hold up and bring a smile to your face and this is one of them. Seeing the insanity of Farley in action again made me both happy and sad. It cannot be denied that he was a comedy genius whether you are a fan or not. This film is still funny pretty much from start to finish. The dynamic between Farley and Spade is perfection reminding me a lot of duos like Wilder and Pryor. The over the top insanity is stupid, but makes me laugh every time. This was a time I was not surprised that this film holds, but almost forgot it had such a great supporting cast in Brian Dennehy, Bo Derek and Rob Lowe who is so good here. If I remember correctly this came at a time before he was known for much of the comedy like he has done now and he is all in.
I love this movie so much and with this new release will no doubt be added to my regular rotation once again. Despite all the laughs this film does make me miss Farley greatly and wish we had more from this comedy giant, but I am thankful that releases like this give the chance to keep his legacy alive to a whole new generation.
This release not only includes the film but also bonus content including commentary, TV Spots, gallery, gag reel, featurettes and more. Grab your copy of the Limited Edition Steelbook of Tommy Boy available now exclusively from FYE thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment.