Upon revisit, it’s no shock that Almost Heroes still remains my favorite Chris Farley flick. I understand that the classical fans will shame me for such outrageous comments. Yet, as I look at films Like Tommy Boy, I fully realize how much a picture like that was actually holding Chris Farley back.
“But Jimmy, Tommy Boy had heart! It allowed Chris Farley to show us his funny side while also the displaying the side of him which made us fall in love with him in the first place,” says the classical movie fan. Truth is, I really don’t care for Tommy Boy (gasp)!
Give me a film where Farley can play the characters that we grew up watching him portray on SNL. You know, the characters that jump through tables, have impudent freak outs, and remain at one volume all the time… Loud.
Almost Heroes is the story about a high-society aristocrat named Leslie Edwards (Matthew Perry) and his partner, the fumbling, bumbling, tumbling Bartholomew Hunt (Chris Farley). Together, they set out on a adventure to beat Lewis and Clark to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, they will encounter Indians, a villainous Spanish army, and a very, very pissed off eagle.
These two men are aided by a group of clueless, old, rigged frontiersmen; including a pessimistic Frenchman (Eugene Levy), who will bite off the ear of any man who even looks upon his “gorgeous piece of property”. That property just so happens to be an Indian who was sold into slavery, named Shaquinna (this groups version of Sacagawea.)
What can I say? This film (alongside The Goonies) remains the movie that I watch to kick off my summer. It remains one of very few comedies that was actually shot on location; and, if that wasn’t a cool fact for ya, this film also serves as Farley’s final full screen feature film (he had a small part in Dirty Work following this film.) Farley actually passed away five months before this film was released. Tragic; I wonder why he wasn’t awarded with a posthumous Oscar nod?
Almost Heroes simply touches on the issues! Running through corn, picking a brain apart with a spoon, or placing sheep shit inside your brother’s plum pudding. The film has something for everyone!
The film displays a very obnoxious style of comedy: extremely crude humor, lots of screaming, and Farley being Farley dominate the majority of this films run-time. I will say that if these things do not appeal to you, then you are wasting your time viewing this film.
However, if you’re into watching history re-write itself before your very eyes; or perhaps enjoy the actors within the picture, than Almost Heroes can indeed serve as a good time.