DVD Review: Tommy Boy - Holy Schnike Edition
Release Date: August 30, 2005
Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
· Peter Segal
· Chris Farley
· David Spade
· Bo Derek
by Chad Maddux
Published: August 30, 2005
Tommy Callahan (Chris Farley) has just graduated from college and his dad gives him a job at the Callahan factory. His dad is also getting married to Beverly (Bo Derek) this weekend. At the wedding party, his dad dies and Tommy must keep the company going.
Tommy's dad bet big on brake pads as the future of Callahan. Tommy and Richard (David Spade), against his will, are sent driving around the country trying to sell the new Callahan brake pads before the company's bank loan comes due.
Tommy isn't the brightest guy and Richard isn't a big of fan of Tommy. It goes without saying that their trip has its rocky moments. For instance, after hitting and "killing" a deer, they decide to put the deer in the back of Richard's car. A bit later on, the "dead" deer...well, you get the idea. After finally making a sale, they pick up some steam and reach their sales goal only to have a shipping mistake ruin everything. Tommy is forced to make one last minute effort, with the help of some important information, to save his job, his factory, and his town.
This is a Lorne Michaels production (executive producer of Saturday Night Live) starring Chris Farley and David Spade (former co-stars on Saturday Night Live). It comes across as a Lorne Michaels production starring Chris Farley and David Spade. It has plenty of hilarious moments and the unique style of the late Chris Farley. The story is pretty standard and I doubt anyone would be shocked by the ending but the film is good comedy (probably not good family comedy, though). If you're a fan of Chris Farley or the SNL-style of movies, "Tommy Boy" is a worthwhile investment.
The featurettes take a look behind-the-scenes, the real-life inspirations behind some of the trouble experienced by Tommy and Richard, the comical chemistry between Chris Farley and David Spade, and life as a Farley. I've never been a fan of storyboard comparisons but they are included in the bonus content. There are also six deleted scenes, six alternate takes and fifteen extended scenes.
The Gag Reel is a collection of outakes and a couple of pranks during filming. I'm always a big fan of outtakes but many of the outtakes contained in this set were not that funny. The Photo Gallery contains 49 (unless I miscounted) black & white and color photos of life behind-the-scenes and still frames from the movie.
As with most bonus content, there are the TV spots and the theatrical trailer. However, this edition has more TV spots than I've seen on any DVD ever. There are a total of 19 TV spots plus the theatrical trailer. I also stumbled upon a hidden option for a short outtake from the revolving door scene. It's hidden in the TV Spots menu but that's all I'll say. (If you still can't find it, send me an email and I'll let you in on the secret.)
For a low-priced DVD, "Tommy Boy - Holy Schnike Edition" packs in a lot of bonus content and it's more than just fluff. Many DVDs claim to have lots of bonus content that end up consisting mostly of very short material. This double-disc DVD edition has a good film and great bonus content.
"Tommy Boy - Holy Schnike Edition" is presented in Enhanced Widescreen for 16:9 TVs. English and French audio tracks as well as English subtitles are available.
Film Grade: B
Bonus Material Grade: A-
Tommy Boy: Behind the Laughter
Stories from the Side of the Road
Just the Two of Us
Growing Up Farley
6 Deleted Scenes
6 Alternate Takes
15 Extended Scenes
7 Storyboard Comparisons
19 TV Spots
"Tommy Boy - Holy Schnike Edition" is rated PG-13 (sex-related humor, some drug content, and nudity).