Legendary comedian Chris Farley would only be 53-years-old if he was still alive today. To commemorate Farley's birthday, we're debating the two best films of his short-lived career. "Tommy Boy" kickstarted the movie careers of Farley and sidekick David Spade, and quickly became a cable television staple. "Black Sheep" was the spiritual successor to "Tommy Boy," but with its own subversive take on '90s politics that's oddly relevant today. But which movie is the best?
For Chris Farley and David Spade, "Tommy Boy" was a breakout hit. The 1995 comedy tells the story of an immature man-child (Farley) forced to go on a road trip with his childhood friend and buttoned-up co-worker (Spade) to save his family business after the suspicious death of his father. While the movie didn't exactly light the box-office on fire, it did open at #1 and quickly cemented its status as a cult classic on home video.
"Tommy Boy" was nothing short of a highlight reel for Farley's brand of physical comedy, and looked like the start of a bright and promising career. Sadly, Farley died just two years later after a fatal drug overdose. "Tommy Boy" was something of a go-to movie for networks looking to fill air time and there was rarely an afternoon in the late '90s and early aughts where you couldn't find it on cable television.
Tommy Boy - Trailer
It's hard to follow-up a cult hit, but that's what Farley and Spade attempted to do just one year after "Tommy Boy." The duo reunited for their second and final film together before Farley's tragic death the following year.
"Black Sheep" tells the story of a bumbling, underachieving brother (Farley) of a politician running for governor, who is forced to go into hiding with a campaign aide (Spade) after being mistakenly photographed in a series of calamitous, embarrassing events. Like Farley and Spade's earlier collaboration, "Black Sheep" leans heavy into Farley's physical comedy and drew parallels to the misadventures of Roger Clinton, President Bill Clinton's mischievous younger brother.
Oddly enough, the big twist at the end is Farley discovers his brother lost the campaign only because a bunch of dead voters illegally cast ballots for the incumbent--which has become fodder for Twitter commenters after President Trump mounted allegations of similar voter fraud in the 2016 campaign.
Black Sheep - Trailer
Here are some perspectives from fans who love "Tommy Boy."
And check out these perspectives from fans who love "Black Sheep."
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