Grossly underrated.Oh, come on now. Tell me you didn't laugh. It's not supposed to be art. It's Farley, for crying out loud. You can't go into a Farley movie not knowing what you're getting into. In the grand scheme of things, Tommy Boy is no Schindler's List. But then, Schindler's List is no Tommy Boy. They're two completely different films from two completely different genres and for two completely different audiences. To consider Tommy Boy a great film is stupid. To recognize it as funny, well, that's different.
Chris Farley is the title character, a likeable loser who spent seven years at college before finally graduating. He returns home to a proud father Tom, Sr. (Brian Dennehey) who promptly sets him up with a job in the family-owned business, working in the office section of an auto parts factory. He's saddled with a partner/comic foil named Richard (David Spade) who doesn't think Tommy's fit for the job. Dad is remarrying, this time to the lovely Beverly (Bo Derek), who brings in her unimpressed grownup son, Paul (Rob Lowe). Dad has a heart attack, and Beverly takes over the business. Tommy has to go on the road selling, Richard in tow, to save the business from being sold to a larger corporation. Now we have a sidekick/buddy picture.
Farley and Spade work well together. They have obvious chemistry. The jokes, the gags, all work on some form or another (even if it's on the lowest level), and while it's not going to be smart, sophisticated humor, it's still gonna be funny. I mean, really, what other movie can you see two guys singing along with "Eres Tu" and the Carpenter's "Superstar?"Look, it's funny. If you don't think it's funny, so be it.