TAMMY Add To My Top 10
Release Date: July 02, 2014
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time Warner
Director: Ben Falcone
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The movie follows the story of a clueless and obese female loser named Tammy (Melissa McCarthy), who works in a dead-end fast-food restaurant. In one day, she ruins her car, gets fired from her job and discovers her husband is having an affair with their next-door neighbor.
Frustrated with her life, Tammy declares she’s leaving her husband and needs to borrow the car of her grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon), in order to leave town for a big city to start over. Pearl also wants to escape her own dead-end life, so the two head off together. The problem is that Pearl is a hopeless alcoholic. Also, Tammy and Pearl are a disaster with everyone they meet.
That is, except for when Tammy meets a sweet guy named Bobby (Mark Duplass), whose married father (Gary Cole) has a one-night stand with Pearl. When Tammy and Pearl are arrested, Tammy is released first and tries to bail out Pearl by robbing a branch of her former fast-food employer of the $1,600 they need.
As Tammy and Pearl go on the run, Tammy and Bobby start a new romance even as they are surrounded by Tammy’s lesbian aunt Lenore (Kathy Bates) and a houseful of their lesbian friends having a party. Ultimately, Tammy and Pearl face up to their problems and do some redemptive things to truly change their lives for the better.
TAMMY sounds like more fun than it actually is. That may be because McCarthy relies on her husband, Ben Falcone, to co-write with her and direct the movie, though he has no prior feature-film credits to his name. One major moral drawback is the pointless inclusion of the lesbian scenes, which seem to be there just to make viewers believe that openly homosexual communities are everywhere, even in rural America.
Aesthetically, the movie is funny in fits and starts, particularly when Tammy gets angry. McCarthy is a master of physical comedy and becoming frustrated in funny ways. Too much of the movie, however, drifts along without enough action or emotion taking place, leaving the audience to stare at the screen in boredom.
That said, the movie’s depiction of troubled people in denial is sometimes emotionally affecting. Even so, TAMMY undercuts itself on that front with its jumpy, awkward attempts to mix humor and heart.
(SPOILER ALERT) The movie does score some moral points in the end. Both Tammy’s thievery and Pearl’s reckless behavior are resolved in a moral fashion. Tammy finally seems to find true happiness, though divorced from her faithless husband.
All told, TAMMY has some chuckles and some sweet emotional moments, but its very frequent obscenity and overt homosexual characters detract from its positive qualities. The foul language is frequent, strong and excessive.
TAMMY sounds like more fun than it actually is. It has some chuckles and sweet emotional moments, but it’s only funny in fits and starts. Making matters worse, it has abundant foul language that’s pervasive and other crude elements, including some overt homosexual characters. Eventually, Tammy and her grandmother face up to their problems, but the frequent obscenities and homosexual characters detract from TAMMY’S more positive qualities.