Review: Tammy



Title: Tammy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ben Falcone
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates
Runtime: 1 hr 36 mins

What It Is: Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) isn’t really going anywhere in her life, she has a dead end job at Topper Jack’s, and she just hit a deer on her way there. Her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) loves to drink even though she’s diabetic and to top it off Tammy’s going to have to bring her along on her road trip away from her disappointing day of unfaithful husbands and unemployment. Along their combined journey both women come to realize their faults and Tammy learns by experience that being herself can be difficult, but that’s only because she doesn’t do anything about it. Her time to change things might be on the horizon.

What We Think: I was disappointed with this movie, although I should have known just by the lack of substance from trailers. It’s worth a laugh or two, but it could have been much better. I’ll be honest in saying the main reason I watched it was because of Melissa McCarthy. The movie lacks genuine meaning besides unfortunate life decisions. It definitely was a letdown for me, being a Melissa fan. As I understand this is the first film she has written and written alongside Ben Falcone, it’s a modest start and I can only expect better things from her.

Our Grade: C-. The reason for this grade is that I at least laughed more than once during the film. The scene where Tammy is lead into her manager’s office was a tickler for me since I’ve seen a manager’s office at a fast food place. However that’s my personal connection, one not everyone who watched the film would make. Tammy also had a decent attempt at thickening the movie’s plot with grandmother Pearl and her history. The Viking burial of the unfortunate jet ski was kind of fun.

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