Movie Review: Tammy


Release Date: July 2, 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime:96 Mins.
Director: Ben Falcone
Genre: Comedy
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass


How would you respond to the crappy day to end all crappy days ? I mean you destroy your car on the way to work, end up late to work and being fired for it, and then you go home and find out your significant other is cheating on you ? If you’re Tammy, you pack your stuff and leave town. In Melissa McCarthy’s newest movie that trip leads to a host of craziness and plenty of laughs.

The movie is typical McCarthy fare as far as the comedy from her end goes. Although it’s still funny here you can almost see the jokes coming a mile away and that’s a sign of a tired formula showing it’s age. I believe it’s because McCarthy had a hand in writing the movies script. It allows that too much of herself gets put in to the character of Tammy so that she can almost be interchanged with her characters from her other films. But as I said her brand of comedy still works. Sarandon is the highlight of the movie as Tammy’s ultra alcoholic grandmother that goes on the road with her. She’s a big part of why this movies comes together. Mark Duplass actually is believable as the love interest as he plays a perfect muted calming force to Tammy’s whirlwind of impulsiveness. The chemistry between Sarandon and McCarthy also pops out at you as it is awesome.

Honestly, I want to like this movie more than I do. I actually laughed a lot and enjoyed myself but, it just was missing something that kept it from sticking. I’m not quite sure what that is. Maybe it’s the feeling of I’ve seen this Melissa McCarthy joke somewhere before. I can’t pinpoint it but it’s a big one and done viewing experience type of film for me. The fun gets it half way  but, the forgettable nature of the film as a whole erases any chance of it making past