Movie Reviews: Tammy




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     Warner Bros. (1hr. 36 min.)
     After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.
     Melissia McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh
Bottom Line:

J.R. Johnson

Melissa McCarthy has been on everyone’s radar the last few years.  Steadily moving from small parts in television and film to a lead role in “The Heat” (’13) with Sandra Bullock. With “Tammy,” McCarthy takes control from the ground floor up, not only serving as the star of the film, but as the film’s scriptwriter. “Tammy” seemed like the last step to superstardom for McCarthy, but it feels more like a step back.

In “Tammy,” McCarthy plays a down on her luck, middle-aged woman in a mediocre loop. After she’s fired from her job and finds out her husband is cheating on her, Tammy’s had enough. She packs her bags and heads hits the road with her Grandma (Susan Sarandon) riding shotgun. The two head down south on an adventure for that changes their lives.

Thankfully “Tammy” isn’t another road trip movie, even though it falls into many of the same traps. It twists into a love story and an intervention for both Tammy and her grandmother. After passing through various gauntlets, the characters reach a predictable change of growth in their lives – the only part missing in the film any semblance of fresh-humor.

Most of the film’s hilarity lives or dies with McCarthy, who is hands down the best part of the movie. Her stunts, one-liners and long-form jokes keep the ship from sinking, but it does take on water – too much in fact. Sidekick Sarandon does have her comedic moments, but they’re not consistent. It’s unfortunate that the rest of the film doesn’t find its sweet spot. If McCarthy didn’t have to put the production on her back, it may have hit a homerun.

“Tammy’s ” script is all over the place. Sometimes things click and others just miss the mark. Many of the film’s moments throughout feel self-contained or stitched together. The end product resembles a rocky river with lots of bumps with that just can’t seem to be avoided.

“Tammy” doesn’t hold up as well as McCarthy’s previous work. The humor isn’t consistent enough for the film to proudly wave the comedy flag.

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