Last month, the “I Am Chris Farley” documentary premiered, 18 years after his tragic death. Directors Brent Hodge and Derik Murray highlight his rise to fame, from a childhood in Madison, WI to Saturday Night Live and Hollywood. His brothers and many actors, such as Adam Sandler and David Spade, attest to his genuinely kind spirit and also his destructive habits as he rose in fame.
Like most documentaries commemorating the deceased, there is a feeling of not fully recognizing the-person-beyond-the-grave. Hodge and Murray gloss over most of Farley’s addictions and the documentary ends with a feeling of remembering a jolly ghost, not a large man with a larger personality.
Bottom line: It’s definitely worth the hour and half to look into the life and career of Chris Farley.
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