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Tommy Boy - Holy Schnike Edition (1995)

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Tommy Boy (Holy Schnike Edition) (DVD)

  Review by Suzanne  10/1/05

This is an awful movie.  I never thought Chris Farley was the funniest guy on Saturday Night Live, but his stuff was mostly okay.  You would think that a movie produced by SNL's Lorne Michaels and starring Farley and David Spade would be somewhat funny.  But you would be wrong.  Even adding Rob Lowe into the mix doesn't help much.  Take the worst SNL skit ever, and it's still funnier than this movie.

All of the jokes are predictable. 15 minutes into the movie, I still hadn't laughed once.  3 minutes later, when Rob Lowe, covered in mud, says, "These shoes are Italian.  They cost more than your life", I did laugh. But that was not enough to make up for the rest of it.

Farley plays a really stupid guy.  Spade plays a sarcastic whiner.  Lowe plays a sneaky guy.  Big surprise on all counts! Ha ha.  If I had watched it in a theater, I would have left by that time.

The packaging is really nice. I didn't like that I had to sit through the commercials and previews before the movie (normally you can go to the menu and avoid them). I could fast-forward through them but even that much is more annoying than usual.

There is a whole disk of special features on this "Holy Schnike" version. This is not a new movie, so I guess it originally came out without many features, for those who just couldn't wait for this movie to come out on DVD (I really don't want to know any of these people).

There are four behind-the-scenes shorts that should please any fan, plus storyboard comparison, additional scenes (presumably, ones that were deleted), a gag reel, photo gallery, and trailers from both TV and movies.  This is standard stuff, but they do a nice job of it, I have to say.

I'm sorry that Chris Farley is dead...it would have been nice to see what better movies he did later, after his career moved beyond the "ex-Saturday Night Live" stage, like Spade's has.  To put it in perspective, even Spade's "Joe Dirt" made me laugh a whole lot more than this movie.


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