'Tammy' Sees McCarthy in a Familiar Role

After a career playing bubbly, enthusiastic characters in small roles, Melissa McCarthy hit the big time with her Oscar-nominated turn in 2011's Bridesmaids. But she has played essentially the same character in her last three films: as a sociopath in Identity Thief, a cop in The Heat and now a woman on the run in Tammy.

TammyMelissa McCarthy at the premiere of Tammy - photo: Getty 2014, Christopher Polk

All three of these characters begin as out-of-control slobs, overweight and unkempt, impulsive and self-absorbed. And over the course of the film they discover others might like them better if they wore slightly less hideous clothing and combed their hair. Admittedly, McCarthy is great at this kind of role, but the joke is beginning to wear rather thin.

More: How Melissa McCarthy’s Jet Ski Accident Cost 'Tammy' $9,000

The problem is that we know she can be much better than that. Her longest-running TV characters are far more complex: ditsy control freak Sookie St James over seven seasons in Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) and sassy romantic in Mike & Molly (four seasons and counting), for which she won an Emmy. 

But Bridesmaids changed everything, creating McCarthy's alter-ego as an entertaining scene-stealer who might do something outrageously unexpected in any scene. This led to memorable side-characters in films like the The Back-up Plan, Life as We Know It, This is 40 and The Hangover Part III. 

More: Check out clips and the trailer for 'Tammy'

But now that she's made three films centred on her chubby-idiot alter-ego, let's hope she gets back to more interesting characters. If in doubt, take a look at her three roles in The Nines (2007) opposite Ryan Reynolds. She definitely has it in her to be more than a joke.


Contactmusic

Tags: Melissa McCarthy

Advertisement

More Melissa Mccarthy

Nick Offerman Has Directed A Music Video And It's Full Of Celebrities

He's best known for playing the grumpy breakfast loving Ron Swanson on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation', but Nick Offerman has turned his hand to another...

How Sandra Bullock Became The Highest Paid Actress In Hollywood

The results of Forbes annual celebrity rich list are in and it is with a certain amount of surprise thatSandra Bullockwas the highest paid film...

St. Vincent Trailer

St. Vincent de Van Nuys is a broke former soldier with a serious alcohol and gambling habit. He has few friends apart from nightclub dancer...

On Its Second Weekend, "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" Trumps Tammy At The Box Office

Box office winner time. No need for a spoiler alert here – it was Transformers: Age of Extinction. The franchise’s only competitor this weekend was...

Advertisement

‘Tammy’ Proves No Match For ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ At 4th of July Box Office

Melissa McCarthy’s road-trip comedy Tammy, has failed to topple the mighty Transformers: Age of Extinction at the US Independence Day box office.Mark Wahlberg has continued...

Reviews: Melissa McCarthy Goes All Out In "Tammy", But Is It Enough For The Critics?

Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy is set to battle it out at the box office this weekend, but the critics have already made short work of the...

'Tammy' Sees McCarthy in a Familiar Role

After a career playing bubbly, enthusiastic characters in small roles, Melissa McCarthy hit the big time with her Oscar-nominated turn in 2011's Bridesmaids. But she...

How Melissa McCarthy’s Jet Ski Accident Cost 'Tammy' $9,000

While promoting her new movie Tammy, Melissa McCarthy stopped by 'Chelsea Lately' earlier this week and revealed how a jet ski accident on set managed...

Advertisement

Comments

Melissa McCarthy Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Melissa McCarthy

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All