Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Releases July 2nd, 2014
1 hr 37 mins
Rated R


Director: Ben Falcone

Melissa McCarthy as Tammy
Susan Sarandon as Pearl, Tammy's grandmother
Kathy Bates as Lenore
Allison Janney as Deb, Tammy's mother
Dan Aykroyd as Don
Gary Cole as Earl
Sandra Oh as Susanne
Mark Duplass as Bobby
Toni Collette as Missi
Nat Faxon as Greg, Tammy's husband
Ben Falcone as Keith
Sarah Baker as Becky, Tammy's best friend
Rich Williams as Larry
Rob Springer as Gene the cook

Review by Stephen M.

There's an undeniable charismatic personality that Melissa McCarthy brings to the big screen in each of her movies, and Tammy is no exception.  Partnering up with established veterans like Sandra Bullock and Jason Bateman in her last two films seems to work, so here she is with Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.  Tammy is a film where Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) goes on a road trip and is joined by her Grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon).  Each wanted nothing to do with the other but are thrown together out of necessity.

Melissa is at times hilarious and at times redundant with her character.  Her brilliance shines in the scene where she is attempting a robbery at a Topper Jack with two fingers blazing.  At other times her character bores you, such as when she slowly commutes home after a day of hell in the beginning. The movie is packed with talented women including Sandra Oh and Kathy Bates, while the men are more lackluster in their limited roles.  This movie is all about the women, their bond together and helping out one another. The jokes are often crude and intentionally dated as Tammy makes references to music and culture that most 20 and 30 year old moviegoers would not get.  It makes you wonder just who exactly is the targeted audience.

Overall, I would recommend the film but wait for it on Netflix or catch a matinee.  There are some hilarious laugh out loud scenes.  But the movie is unbalance at times as to what it is trying to accomplish, perhaps because Tammy has no idea.  Melissa is amazingly talented and she shows glimpses in this.  But like The Heat and Identity Thief, she fails to entertain us for the full length of the film as her schtick becomes repetitive. Thankfully Kathy is there to "blow sh*t up!"


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