A poster for Almost Heroes
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Hops and Box Office Flops: ‘ALMOST HEROES’

Drinking Has Its Benefits

A poster for Almost Heroes

Almost Heroes is the final leading role of comedy legend Chris Farley. Five months prior to its release, he tragically died of an overdose.

With that dark cloud hanging over the film, it’s not altogether surprising it suffered at the box office. On a budget of $30 million, it grossed just $6.1 million. Its 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes probably didn’t help either.

For fans of Farley’s work, though, there are things to be enjoyed about Almost Heroes. His trademark high energy and willful disregard for his body on are full display; and the gags are often quite comical as a result.

So, Almost Heroes may not be peak Farley, but it does provide enough for you to wistfully remember his immense talent. 

Now, sit back, battle the legendary Gumerboo West Coast IPA from Rogue Brewing, and keep the straw women away from the fire! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Chumpzilla, and a special guest are headed toward the Pacific on a mission from President Thomas Jefferson.

This Week’s Segments:

  • Introduction/Plot Breakdown – Almost history… Almost legends… Mostly ridiculous! (00:00)
  • Lingering Questions – After a word from our brothers in beer at Hop Nation USA, we discuss all things Farley. (24:26)
  • The “Pittsburgh Nellie” Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast escapes the raging rapids, and then I challenge the field to trivia about the movie. (43:42)
  • Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We continue “Hops and Period Piece Flops” with Ridley Scott’s slept-on epic, The Last Duel! (54:28)

And, as always, hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to check out all the interesting factoids—Farley’s SNL legacy and more—from this week’s episode!

You can find this episode of Hops and Box Office Flops on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherPodbeanSpotifyAcastTuneIniHeartRadioVurbl, and Amazon Music!

Thomas Kelly

Writer, Superman aficionado, lover of odd and underperforming sports teams, and co-host of the film adoring podcast, Hops and Box Office Flops

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