I Am Chris Farley

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I Am Chris Farley
I Am Chris Farley poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byBrent Hodge
Derik Murray
Written bySteve Burgess
Produced byDerik Murray
Kevin Farley
Tim Gamble
Paul Gertz
Robert Pirooz
David Reeder
StarringDavid Spade
Bo Derek
Bob Odenkirk
Molly Shannon
Tom Arnold
Adam Sandler
Mike Myers
Lorne Michaels
Chris Farley (archive footage)
CinematographyBrent Hodge
Shaun Lawless
Edited byJR Mackie
Brent Hodge
Network Entertainment
Distributed byVirgil Films
Release date
  • July 27, 2015 (2015-07-27)[1]
Running time
96 minutes
CountriesUnited States

I Am Chris Farley is a 2015 documentary film based on the life of comedian and actor Chris Farley, co-directed by Brent Hodge of Hodgee Films and Derik Murray, who was also a producer, of Network Entertainment. The production features interviews with numerous actors, comedians and others who worked with Farley during his career.[2]


A documentary on the life of comedian Chris Farley. The film follows the growth of Farley's career from his first production at a summer camp in Wisconsin to the movies. The film focused on the importance of The Second City and Saturday Night Live in his career.[3][4]

Featured cast of subjects

Production and release

The film has been largely advertised on the Hodgee Films social media pages on Facebook and Instagram[5] and was first announced on the official Chris Farley Facebook page on September 19, 2013.

The film's TV premiere was August 10, 2015 on Spike TV and had a simultaneous release on DVD/Blu-ray and digital download.


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 71% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 6.53/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "I Am Chris Farley lives up to its title by taking a poignant look at the life of the deceased star that should prove affecting and illuminating for novicers and longtime fans alike."[6] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]

Reviewer Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com gave the film three out of four stars, calling the film "a love letter" to Farley and said that Farley "probably would have been embarrassed and a bit shy about the whole thing. But he would have loved the attention. He would have smiled and laughed. And sometimes that’s enough." Film critic Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+, calling it "skillfully helmed" by directors Brent Hodge and Derik Murray.


  1. ^ "Film Review: 'I Am Chris Farley'". July 30, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  2. ^ MarketScreener. "Network Media Group Inc : Network Entertainment Announces Chris Farley Legacy Documentary - MarketScreener". www.marketscreener.com.
  3. ^ Barker, Andrew (July 30, 2015). "Film Review: 'I Am Chris Farley'". Variety. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Goldberger, Eddie (July 29, 2015). "'I Am Chris Farley' review: A fond look back at a troubled guy". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Facebook". www.facebook.com.
  6. ^ "I Am Chris Farley (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 12, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "I Am Chris Farley Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 12, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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