Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Movie Review: Tammy


Tammy is the newest vehicle from Melissa McCarthy and her actor/director/husband, Ben Falcone, and its cast list is rather impressive: in addition to McCarthy and Falcone, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Alison Janney, Mark Duplass, and Dan Aykroyd (cameo role) star. Unfortunately, even though the film is written by McCarthy and Falcone, it isn't as funny as it should be, and it joins the list of other ho-hum summer 2014 movies that have premiered so far.

Tammy (McCarthy) is literally a hot mess. She works at a burger chain, she has recently found out her husband (Nat Faxon) is cheating on her with their neighbor (Toni Collette), and she hit a deer on her way to work, thus rendering her car-less. Things hit the fan when she gets fired from her job by her boss (Falcone), and she and her grandmother (Sarandon) decide to take a road trip. Things only get weirder from there, and the two embark on a buddy adventure, even though they aren't particularly buddies in some scenes.

There are definitely a few scenes in this movie that were hilarious and worth mentioning. Tammy admits she had a mini affair with the "ice cream man," and Sarandon asks her if she did it for the free ice cream; her response: "... not at first." Kathy Bates' character shows up midway through the movie as a cousin of Sarandon's character, who lives with her partner (played by Sandra Oh), who is also a pyromaniac, and that provides some comedy. I liked all of the scenes with Mark Duplass and McCarthy, as well - I'm a major fan of Duplass's (loved him in Safety Not Guaranteed, among others) and he and McCarthy had good chemistry together, while at the same time showing a softer side of Tammy, rather than the crude one we mostly see throughout. There's a sort of Way, Way Back reunion happening in the film as well - Nat Faxon and Toni Collette have small roles, and Alison Janney plays Tammy's mom - and that was one of my favorite movies from last year.

Maybe see this film. Like I said, there were some funny moments but I wanted it to be funnier. I've seen McCarthy at her funniest (Bridesmaids, etc.) and Tammy unfortunately does not compare to that hilarity. If you do go, make sure to stay through the credits, as there are a few end scenes that will make you chuckle; however, I'd recommend this for a Redbox rental instead of paying to see it at the theater.

Tammy is in theaters today, July 2nd, and is rated R with a runtime of 96 minutes. 2.5 stars out of 5.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! An affair with the ice cream man for free ice cream?! That is certainly different. Although it sounds funny, I think I'll take your advice and wait for it to come out on RedBox. :)

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  2. I'm a fan of funny but don't like the crude humor. Too bad because this one sounds like it has a good cast with a lot of potential.

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  3. Lol, I haven't seen it but Maybe is what I'm thinking of too. Looks like an easy watch while I'm doing housework....lol

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  4. I've read several mixed reviews on this movie. It's a shame because Melissa McCarthy usually makes me laugh out loud.

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  5. I like Melissa McCarthy and her humor is a mixed bag... that being said I appreciate your honesty and will definitely keep it in mind!

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  6. I have decided to wait for Redbox as you suggested. Thanks for saving me some money. I know why I always wait to check your reviews before heading to the movies.

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  7. I saw a trailer on tv for this recently. I thought it an odd duck version of Thelma and Louise....almost. Thanks for the honesty.

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  8. Will have to "rent" this one when it comes out. Thank you for the review!

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  9. I will have to check out this out on my Amazon Fire in a few weeks. I love McCarthy, so I'm hoping to find some humor in it!

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    1. There were definitely a few funny scenes, but overall it's getting bad reviews, I think. Let me know what you think of it.

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  10. The previews for this look hilarious, but I'm guessing if you've seen those, you've seen the best parts of the film. I know McCarthy is great at physical humor but I feel that she is worth more than a buddy movie (did you see her in "The Heat?") She was great in "Bridesmaids" and I love her tv show (I liked her on "Gilmore Girls" too. I love Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, so even though I feel your review is spot on, I will probably see this one. Maybe I'll wait til it comes to the discount theatre or wait for the video.

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    1. Yeah, it's another case of where they put all the funny moments in the trailer, unfortunately. I did see The Heat and thought it was okay, but not fantastic - there's a review up on here of it, I believe. Bridesmaids was great.

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  11. I was so looking forward to this film. I love Melissa McCarthy but I guess I'll wait till it hits DVD. Hate when they spoil all the funny parts in the trailer! = [

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  12. It's unfortunate that this comedic talent could not pull this movie off. Some of the roles seemed miscast. Sarandon would have been better cast as her mother and June Squibb, from" Nebraska" movie, would have been a better grandmother. They really needed someone older and more sassy. All in all, it probably would be a better rental movie.

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    1. I agree - Sarandon did not seem that much older than Alison Janney. Squibb would have been PERFECT! Loved her in Nebraska.

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    1. It wasn't *horrible* but wasn't great, either.

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