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'I Am Chris Farley' glosses over ex-'SNL' star's darker side

'I Am Chris Farley' glosses over ex-'SNL' star's darker side

Like a doll forever teetering on the wrong side of a do-not-overinflate experiment, Wisconsin-born "Saturday Night Live" star Chris Farley wrung laughter out of his performance paradoxes: He was large but agile, loud yet vulnerable, and somehow gracefully explosive. Farley belongs to a long tradition of overweight comics we've lost too early — he died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33 — and the new documentary "I Am Chris Farley," by Derik Murray and Brent Hodge, reaches for spirited if safe tribute in cataloging Farley's brief time (Second City, "Saturday Night Live," the cult hit "Tommy Boy") as a comic force of...

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