Tammy Movie Review

Melissa McCarthy is clearly in a rut: the title character in this film isn't very far removed from her previous roles in The Heat and Identity Thief. Yes, Tammy is another chubby slob who is on the road to some sort of epiphany, and along the way she realises that simply running a comb through her ratty hair might make her look more human. At least the film has a seriously strong supporting cast who almost make it worth a look.

Tammy (McCarthy) is sacked from her job at a fast-food outlet on the same day she discovers that her husband (Faxon) is having a fling with a neighbour (Tony Collette). In a childish rage, she runs home to her parents (Allison Janney and Dan Aykroyd) and then decides to keep running, taking her grandmother Pearl (Sarandon) along for the ride. Pearl has a dream to see Niagara Falls before she dies, but she's just about as immature as Tammy is, so they immediately start getting into trouble. Their antics include a series of incidents involving a jet-ski, flirting and more with a father and son (Gary Cole and Mark Duplass), robbing a burger joint and attending a raucous 4th of July party at the home of Pearl's wealthy cousin (Kathy Bates).

Tammy is even less worldly wise than McCarthy's previous variations on the character: she has never even attempted to grow up, so reacts to everything like a toddler. Aside from not being remotely funny, this is deeply annoying from the start. And even the characters around her don't laugh - they roll their eyes in exasperation. Then after establishing her as a relentless loser who brings misfortune on herself, the script (written by McCarthy and her real-life husband Ben Falcone, who also directs and appears as Tammy's boss) contrives to make Tammy sympathetic by portraying her as some sort of a victim. Meanwhile, she of course slowly begins to look less cartoonish simply because she changes her shirt and takes a shower along the way.

In other words, everything about the film sits right on the surface. Even the romantic plot-thread feels paper-thin, but it's more engaging than the idiotic comedy mayhem. At least the film passes briskly, never lingering very long over its more pointless gags while offering some funny moments to Sarandon and the cameo-style supporting cast. In other words, there's possibly a decent film in this material if the pratfalls were edited out and the focus was instead put on the character interaction and family issues. These things have hints of resonance and real humour to them, but the random barrage of slapstick is merely exhausting.

Watch 'Tammy' Trailer


Comments

Tammy Rating

" Grim "

Rating: 15, 2014

Advertisement

More Melissa Mccarthy

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...

‘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...

Advertisement

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...

Tammy Movie Review

Melissa McCarthy is clearly in a rut: the title character in this film isn't very far removed from her previous roles in The Heat and...

Advertisement