Twenty years ago today, the Chris Farley-David Spade comedy Tommy Boy roared into theaters with, um…less than stellar reviews.
The film currently holds a 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and it even made some "worst of the year" lists at the time it was released.
But while the critical community looked down its collective nose at the madcap buddy flick, audiences ate it up like Farley’s character with a box of bearclaws.
In the decades since its release, Tommy Boy has become something of an intergenerational cult classic, quoted in dorm rooms and boardrooms alike. (Okay, maybe more dorm rooms than boardrooms, but you get the point.)
Farley and Spade would team up again in 1996 for the even less acclaimed Black Sheep, but they would never again fully recapture the zany fun of the their fist big screen collaboration.
Sadly, it wasn’t long after the release of Tommy Boy that Farley succumbed to personal demons that had haunted him throughout his short life.
After being fired from SNL, Farley enjoyed a brief period of success in movie roles before dying from a drug overdose in 1997.
Fortunately, Tommy Boy lives on as not only a shining example of Farley’s extraordinary gift for physical comedy, but also as a memento of the powerful friendship he enjoyed with Spade.
Check out our list of the most memorable Tommy Boy quotes in the gallery above. Then call up your own BFF, and remind him that brothers don’t shake hand; brothers gotta hug!