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Tommy Boy - Tommy's Name
Just after Tommy gets home from college, his dad is talking to the guy's from the bank. He discusses how Callahan's has been a family business, and says that his father, Thomas Callahan passed it on to him, Thomas Callahan Jr, and how he's passing it on some day to Thomas Callahan the Third (Chris Farley). But at the end of the movie, when Chris Farley is about to give his speech to the factory workers, he is introduced as Thomas Callahan Junior, not the Third.
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VinnieG writes:
Regardless of the excuses people want to make, this IS a slipup. No, suffixes on names do not "move up" when the father dies. If this was the case, did King Henry VIII have 7 living relatives "above" him? I don't think so. At the end of Tommy Boy, they refer to Farley as "Thomas Callahan Junior," which is NOT the same as III, which his door stated earlier in the movie. It's a slip-up, whether you admit it or not.
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Matt Ducz writes:
That's because his father died. For instance, my great grandpa, my grandpa, and my dad are all named dad was John the third, until my great grandpa died, and now he is John jr...I dunno why that changes, but oh well
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asylrecht writes:
Thomas Callahan (Tommy boy's grandfather) is Thomas Sr., "Big Tom" is Thomas Jr. and "Tommy Boy" is Thomas III. This IS a slipup.
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tcg_123 writes:
Not to mention throughout the movie the sales men and people at the factory, (don't I sound professional) call Brian Dehenney's (sp) character "Big" Tom Callahan. Could it be that they call Tommy junior in a relation as father to son, Big to Junior. Catch my drift?
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nabiki writes:
I've heard elsewhere that if you have "Jr." or a number after your name, you either drop it or move up a step after your predecessor dies, so this is not completely a mistake. I would still consider it a mistake since 1) the "III" is probably a part of Tommy's legal name and 2) his Grandfather is presumably dead as well, so Tommy isn't sharing his name with anyone, anyway.
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Harvey writes:
He should be referred to as Jr. because his grandfather would be Sr. , and his dad just plain old Tom Callahan.
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