When Black Sheep hit theaters in 1996, it was instantly dubbed as the unofficial Tommy Boy 2, with the similarities being impossible to ignore. The movie paired up Chris Farley and David Spade in roles nearly identical to their previous effort and followed a similar storyline. Only this time, the duo were trying to save a political campaign instead of an auto parts factory. Critics weren’t especially kind to Tommy Boy, and they were even more ruthless towards its little brother. Take this review from USA Today for example:
Black Sheep is bleatingly awful as it reteams Chris Farley and David Spade, the poor idiot’s Abbott and Costello, in a comedy so desperately inept it makes their previous effort, Tommy Boy, look like a minefield of high wit.
As merciless as movie critics were, it didn’t stop SNL fans from going to the theater to watch David Spade chastise Chris Farley for falling down, as the movie took the number one spot its opening weekend.
It was, of course, those mindless slapstick gags that critics loathed about the film that made it such a hit with its audience. Nobody was better at falling down for comedic effect in the ’90s than Chris Farley, and Black Sheep had him falling down for 87 minutes. The man was basically a live-action cartoon character. To mark the movie’s 20th anniversary, let’s look back and rank all those comic accidents Chris Farley gave us in Black Sheep.