The trailer didn’t give out much and the reviews for this movie have not been completely good however I wanted to see Tammy for one reason and one reason alone Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, The Heat). There’s been a special warm spot growing in my heart for McCarthy since her big debut in Bridesmaids as the one to pep talk Annie out of her miserable state. However I can see where all the bad vibes spring from for this movie.
The movie starts its first fifteen minutes with Tammy, of course played, by Melissa McCarthy hitting a deer with her already junk car, losing her job, losing her junk car which goes up in smokes, and finding out her husband is having an affair. All that being said she thinks it’s time for a little vacation but has two major problems. No money and no car. That’s where Susan Sarandon (The Lovely Bones, Shall We Dance, Enchanted) comes in as Tammy’s alcoholic pill-popping grandma Pearl. She has the money and the car but also a request that she comes along too. They both have a mutual dislike for one another but when life gives you lemons you take spontaneous road trips with hated family members. So they take off to Canada because Grandma Pearl has never been but has always wanted to see Niagara Falls.
Within the first half of the movie most of the laughs come from any type of physical pain Tammy receives and her stupidity and those laughs are very mediocre. But soon some heart begins to settle into the movie when Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, Parkland, True Adolescents) comes in playing Bobby, Tammy’s love interest. And when we notice that even though Tammy’s life is spiraling it’s actually Grandma Pearl who needs the help. Even if that help includes randomly robbing a burger joint to get money to bail grandma out of jail! But soon after that the bonding begins and you may even get a little teary eyed in the scene when Tammy thinks Grandma Pearl has died.
We also get some of McCarthy’s rough no-words-held-back attitude which she displays through Tammy which of course was what I was expecting and hoping for. Even better Sarandon brings that same attitude through grandma Pearl making it a fitting combination.
Parts of the movie do seem a little desperate for laughs and some scenes seem awkwardly done…like cut off too fast before we can even get the joke. McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone directed this movie and correct me if I’m wrong but this is his first time in the director’s seat. Oh well. Live and learn.
Rotten Tomatoes has Tammy at a 26% rotten. No bueno.
Rated R for language and sexual references.
I will say this; Tammy is a movie you can’t hate even if you want to. You will laugh at one point or another there are no straight faces here. It’s a feel good movie, the type of movie where you have the crappiest day of your life and you begin to pick up the pieces from there. To me movies like that can be inspiring. Also you’ll get to see Kathy Bates (Titanic, Misery, About Schmidt) who plays Lenore Grandma Pearl’s lesbian cousin dancing…weirdly might I add and thats fun! In my opinion, Tammy is worth checking out, but not in theaters. Wait till it comes out. It’s good but not that great.