Tommy Boy

 
Raunchy, funny, and not for younger kids.
  • Review Date: July 22, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1995
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lacks educational value, but stresses the importance of family and honesty.

Violence

Mostly slapstick. The worst being when a man strike his friend in the face with a 2x4.

Sex

Farley is seen wearing scantily clad underwear, a suggestive masturbation scene.

Language

Very strong language and sexually explicit language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Farley's character chuggs beer and smokes marijuana using a bong.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the younger audience will like the slapstick juvenile humor, this isn't for them. A character is shown masturbating while watching an attractive woman skinny-dip. Bo Derek emerges from a swimming pool in slow motion in a tiny bikini. Beer drinking, marijuana use, and drug paraphernalia are on display without consequences.

What's the story?

This simple minded, laugh-out-loud comedy begins with the sudden passing of "Big Tom" Callahan (Brian Dennehy). Callahan's family-owned brake pad business is in danger of facing its demise and eradicating the livelihood of a small town. Richard (David Spade), an obnoxious corporate underling is assigned to babysit Callahan's dimwitted maniacal son, Tommy (Chris Farley) who is set to inherit the company. In a last ditch effort to save both the company and their jobs, Richard teams up with Farley, on a raging road trip to sell a vast number of brake pads. The two find themselves in one ridiculous predicament after another, including the resurrection of a (presumed to be) dead deer.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Many have said the day Chris Farley died was the day David Spade stopped being funny, and after viewing this film, it becomes clear this is true. The movie employs the standard SNL formula of taking simplistic humor and cramming it in to an otherwise bland plot.

As any Farley (or Spade) fan knows, in this type of film, plot usually takes a back seat in favor of physical antics and notable one-liners ("fat guy in a little co-at..."). Kids will love the in-your-face comedy style of Chris Farley, but parents might find his humor to be lewd, offensive, and inappropriate for their child.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the positive social messages included in the film such as loyalty to friendships and family bonds. Parents might discuss what characteristics of Chris Farley's character are considered vices and which can be commended. Parents could highlight his allegiance to both his family and friends despite the his risky lifestyle. Another topic is the role of large vs. small businesses. Much of this movie focuses on business ethics and continuously relays a positive message about standing up for "the little people."

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 31, 1995
DVD release date:November 9, 1999
Cast:Chris Farley, Dan Aykroyd, David Spade
Director:Peter Segal
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sex-related humor, some drug content and nudity

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Written byAnonymous May 28, 2015
age 13+
 

Racy comedy has juvenile jokes but fun for teens+

My rating:PG-13 for sexual humor,language and some violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bymcmovie123 July 13, 2010
age 12+
 

common sense does not know wat there talkin about on this one.

you got to be kidding me i saw that movie when i was 9.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byrugbyrules September 5, 2011
age 12+
 

Hilarious and fine if mature

Really funny. I love this movie. And yes there is a fair amount of language as long as your mature and know not to talk like that enjoy yourself watching it. There's only one scene my mom doesn't like, it when there on the boat and tells the kid he's gonna shove the oar up his @$$.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byG3 April 9, 2008

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