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Noteworthy documentary looks at life of Chris Farley

If you were a teenager in the 1990s, you probably spent countless Saturdays watching Adam Sandler, David Spade, et al. on “Saturday Night Live.” No one dominated those days more than Chris Farley, whose legendary character skits – motivational speaker Matt Foley, the Chippendales audition, “The Chris Farley Show” with guest Paul McCartney – rank among the show’s most memorable.

Farley’s drug-related death in 1997 – when he was just 33 years old – still packs an emotional wallop for fans of his work on “SNL” and the big screen. (“Tommy Boy” surely ranks among the most oft-quoted comedies of the ’90s.) So watching the new documentary “I Am Chris Farley” won’t be easy. But with so many clips of his work, it should be entertaining, too.

What makes the new documentary “I Am Chris Farley” so noteworthy is the assembled group of interviewees: Sandler, Spade, Lorne Michael, Dan Aykroyd, Bob Odenkirk, Tom Arnold. It’s a stellar array, and looks to be a worthy remembrance of a beloved star.

You can catch the documentary at Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst) for two shows, at 9:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. For the full Screening Room schedule, visit

Christopher Schobert

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