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Per IMDb: “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.”
Tom Callahan, Sr. (Brian Dennehy) has an auto parts manufacturing plant and his doofus of a son, Tommy (Farley), finally graduates college (after seven years) and gets an office and title, much to the chagrin of Tom, Sr.’s right hand man and childhood classmate of Tommy’s, Richard (Spade). Big Tom dies at his wedding to Beverly (Bo Derek) and so Tommy has to take the reins of the company with the very unwilling and very apprehensive Richard. They go on the road to sell the new innovative brake pads that will keep the company afloat and the whole town of Sandusky, Ohio with jobs.
Whilst out there, Tommy’s incompetence and buffoonery rears their ugly heads and instead of gaining customers, they start losing them. If that wasn’t bad enough, Beverly and her “son,” Paul (Rob Lowe), are doing everything they can to make the company fail so they can sell it and reap the benefits of the loot. This channeled through Tommy’s new “interest,” Michelle (Warner) and made her look bad. They planned to sell the company (Tommy gave away his shares to the bank to keep the company afloat whilst he tried to bring it back to prominence) to Zalinsky Auto Parts Stores run by Ray Zalinsky (Dan Aykroyd). To see how all this works out, you’ll have to watch the movie.
The reason I picked this film for this week is because Chris Farley passed away on December 18, 1997. He was 33. He was on his way to greatness, I believe. Was it comedic genius? No way. But, he had a presence about him. One that allowed him to play the buffoon whilst being a completely likable buffoon. He was remarkably agile for a big guy, and he was a big guy. His chemistry with David Spade, their idiot/straight man routine specifically, started with their skits on SNL and went on with Black Sheep, a funny film, but not the same vibe as this one. Chris was touted as the “new John Belushi” and unfortunately suffered the same fate as Belushi: both of a mixture of cocaine and another drug and both at age 33. Both very funny and both known as “overweight” actor/comedians. Belushi was born in Chicago, Farley died in Chicago (John Hancock Building).
I am sure his surge would have waned anyway but I would have loved to have seen where his career took him. Especially if had done more with David Spade. I’ll say that it hit me fairly hard when he passed. It’s not the same now but at the time I felt uncomfortable. I hate that we didn’t get to see where he’d go.
Rotten Tomatoes has it at only 44% Fresh, which I think is a bit of an stretch. It has, however, a monstrous audience score of 90%. That makes more sense. IMDb has it at 7.0 out of 10 Stars. It was produced as an SNL vehicle by Lorne Michaels and was directed by Peter Segal. I saw this on Netflix and you should, too. I rate it at 4 stars. Have you seen this film? What did you think? What would you like me to review in the future? Let me know.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull’s ass, but I’d rather take a butcher’s word for it.” – Tommy Callahan (saying it correctly)