Movie Review: I Am Chris Farley succeeds more as loving tribute than documentary

There are too many good Chris Farley stories. That’s a central problem of I Am Chris Farley, the documentary from the same producers behind I Am Steve McQueen, I Am Bruce Lee, and I Am Evel Knievel. Farley simply had too many admirers and close friends to fit all of their recollections about his short, intense life into 95 minutes. The relentless parade of talking heads in I Am Chris Farley leaves little time for the moments of profundity to linger before adding more testimony from someone who knew the comedian well.

In a way, it’s a good problem for a documentary to have. Every major player shows up: Lorne Michaels, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, David Spade, Bob Odenkirk and the rest of the SNL crew, Farley’s family (brother Kevin is listed as an executive producer), his friends from college, even the guy who put him on …

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