Parents' Guide to

Tommy Boy

By Alex Orner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Raunchy, funny, and not for younger kids.

Movie PG-13 1995 97 minutes
Tommy Boy Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+


Very funny movie but not for people trying to have clean thoughts. There is a scene where the guys are watching a woman get completely naked and dive into a pool. You can see her breast and and butt.
age 16+

Alluring but inappropriate for younger viewers; appropriate for its intended audience.

While this movie isn't for children or young teens because of things like drug use without consequences, skinny dipping, etc., older teens have a good deal to learn from this movie. I'm talking about things like loyalty, teamwork and working with people whose personalities are different than your own. Viewers will notice how Tommy and Richard initially can't stand each other but later adapt, as both change and learn to accept the other, including their faults. The only honest criticism that can be made is that there's no mention of Cedar Point. It is set in Sandusky, home of Cedar Point, after all. That park gets customers from all 50 states.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (24 ):

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.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate