Movie Review: ‘Tammy’ Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney
Jul 2014 02

tammy movieIt seems like you either love or hate Melissa McCarthy. Her latest film, Tammy, will do nothing to change that. Tammy is a movie that looks like it is nothing special, just more of McCarthy’s raunchy act that she has been cashing in on since Bridesmaids. In reality, Tammy is a heartfelt, feel good comedy, mixed with some raunchiness.

Tammy is directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. Falcone and McCarthy co-wrote the film together. Falcone has a lot to learn about directing, as the films pacing leave a lot to be desired, but this film is all about girl power. We get McCarthy doing her usual schtick, as well as Susan Sarandon playing her alcoholic, free-spirited grandmother. Throw in Kathy Bates playing a lesbian, and what you get is a almost charming film when it’s all said and done.

The film picks up with Tammy, played by Mccarthy, having a rough day. First she hits a deer, then gets fired, and finally, returns home to her husband having dinner with another woman. After having her fill of the misfortunes of the day, she embarks upon a road with her grandmother to Niagra Falls.

Some of the funnier moments in the film include Tammy pulling off a robbery of a fast food place, and the banter back and forth between Sarandon and McCarthy. While McCarthy and Sarandon are the billed stars, I personally enjoyed Bates small role. Bates has a couple laugh out loud moments in her own right. Before the film can come to an end, Dan Aykroyd even shows up in a small role as Tammy’s father. Even with only a couple lines, Aykroyd’s character evokes laughter.

All in all, it’s not a perfect film, but Tammy is enjoyable. In a Summer that has been dominated by male-driven comedies, Neighbors and 22 Jump Street, Tammy is a bit refreshing and should leave you with a smile on your face in the end.

I will give Tammy a B.


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