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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Celebrates the comedian's life, praising him for his kindness and generosity and acknowledging the power of laughter -- but also warning viewers about the dangers of drinking and drugs.
Positive Role Models
Teens with showbiz aspirations may aspire to be as funny and as successful as Farley, and he's described as incredibly kind and generous, but his excessive lifestyle and alcohol and drug problems make him a less-than-ideal role model.
Violence & Scariness
Physical humor and pratfalls; Farley was willing to hurt himself for a laugh.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo (Farley liked to drop his pants and take his penis out). Woman in bikini.
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Occasional strong language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "p---y," "s--t," "d--k," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to alcohol and drugs. Farley, who's described as being "messed up," died of a drug overdose. Brief scenes of drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Am Chris Farley is a documentary about the Saturday Night Live star/comic actor (Tommy Boy), who died of a drug overdose in 1997. The film deals lightly with Farley's excessive drinking and drug use; mostly it celebrates the life of a man who was kind, generous, and very funny. Occasional strong language includes several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y," and there are some images of drinking. Clips include pratfalls, and it's said that Farley didn't perform them in the proper way but didn't care because he was willing to hurt himself for a laugh. Some sexual innuendo is described, mainly in stories of Farley dropping his pants/showing others his genitals. Teens interested in comedy or acting may be inspired to emulate Farley, but the movie does a pretty fair job of cautioning against drug use and drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Judging by the talent who showed up for this documentary, it's obvious how beloved Farley was; even if it skirts over some of the more unpleasant details of his life, this is a joyous celebration. Famous folks like Dan Aykroyd, Adam Sandler, Bob Odenkirk, Mike Myers, David Spade, and Saturday Night Live creator/producer Lorne Michaels all turn up to sing Farley's praises. The refrain is that he was the funniest person they ever knew and that working with him was unforgettable.
Female interviewees like Bo Derek, Christina Applegate, and one-time girlfriend Lorri Bagley add dimensions when they talk about Farley's gentle, childlike nature and his kindness. (Apparently, his dream was to become famous enough to be able to cheer up sick kids in the hospital.) Farley's family agrees on his unquenchable energy and enormous appetite for life, which eventually led to drugs. The details of his addiction and overdose are mildly glossed over, but clips of Farley in his prime still have the power to crack us up.
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