Tammy (2014)

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Tammy (2014)
  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Ben Falcone
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd

Storyline:

Tammy, who was recently fired from a Topper Jack’s fast food restaurant, returns home only to find her husband enjoying a romantic meal with the neighbor. She quickly packs her necessities, and travels down three houses to her parent’s home. Upon denied use of her mom’s car to drive to Niagara Falls, she quickly resorts to an “ailing” grandmother, who also lives in the home…Only instead of traveling alone, Grandma Pearl wants in on the road trip. After realizing Grandma Pearl has the funds, they hit the road. Pearl soon proves to be quite the alcoholic despite her diabetes, and Tammy quickly turns into the “baby-sitter.” From finding love in a bar to robbing a Topper Jack’s in order to bail Pearl out of jail,the quirky adventure will have you finding yourself riding along for the misadventures of Tammy.

2 reviews

  • Tammy catches her husband with another woman, and goes on a road trip with her grandmother.

    I’ll be honest, I was expecting to hate this. Despite my liking Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmais, I have cordially hated her in everything I have seen her in since. She seems to have not so much cornered as created a market for obnoxious fat women comedies. And presumably there is such a market or they wouldn’t keep getting made. But, personally, as some one who finds obnoxious characters the very antithesis of humour, I find such films repellent rather than funny. And the trailer for Tammy gave every impression of this film being the same again.

    To my surprise, it isn’t. Part of the reason for this is that the character is very badly written, changing from being an obnoxious idiot in the early stages to a less repellent, less stupid, maudlin self-pitier for the majority of the film’s length, without any great explanation or justification for doing so. And part of the reason is that the film never aims at being an obnoxious character comedy, more a sentimental cross-generation road trip comedy. Sadly, while this is considerably less offensive, it isn’t any less funny.

    The fault lies in the conception – misconceived from the start – and the writing, which is never able to rescue the film from where it put itself from the start. The performances are good, as one might expect from the A list women here (Kathy Bates is particularly good), but Tammy isn’t ever a character you feel inclined to warm to. Likewise this film.

  • Since Melissa McCarthy’s role as Megan in Bridesmaids, she has slowly taken over the game making her one of the hottest comedians in Hollywood. She went on to do the movie Identity Thief with Jason Bateman which was sided with a lot of negative reviews but her next film would end up being one of the biggest surprises of 2013 as a Heat sequel is already in production. Now McCarthy teams up with her husband, Ben Falcone, in hopes to make their first hit together. Falcone makes his directorial debut with a script that both McCarthy and himself wrote. McCarthy already proved to us that she has what it takes to make an audience laugh but Tammy falls short in making anyone laugh and the problems start with the script.

    Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She’s totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint and, instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It’s time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs.

    The main problem that Tammy deals with is that it doesn’t give the main protagonist a strong goal. Yes, Pearl wants to go to Niagara Falls but there is no real importance to it and that makes the audience not care for their journey. What makes it worse, the duo have NO consequences if they fail to make it to Niagara Falls, they will be the exact same character they were from the beginning of the film. Once again, why should I or anyone else care if they get to Niagara Falls then?

    The weak plot can be saved if the characters are amazing. But once again, Falcone and McCarthy fall short of that as well. Pearl is an alcoholic with a health problem. A character development that has been seen in movies before but the health problem was never explained at all throughout the film and alcoholism was executed pretty simply. As for McCarthy’s Tammy, the character who is supposed to bring all the laughs, goes through a character development that confuses viewers. Her initial vice is that she is overeats but that disappears early from the film and does not make a return. Then what makes her “funny” is that she is vulgar, has a potty-mouth, and is unpredictable. But besides these antics not bringing in any laughs, all of a sudden and without a warning, she becomes the opposite of all those things as she becomes laid back.

    What made Due Date, another road trip film, starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. funny is that the two characters had a big contrast making their interactions hilarious. One was crazy, the other was serious. In Tammy, both characters are some sort of crazy making the interactions between the two bland. If the two characters aren’t going to be different then at least they are going have an unresolved issue between the two, right? Wrong. Tammy’s biggest differences were between her boss, husband and even a deer. Tammy is concerned about her grandmother’s drinking but besides that, they got along pretty well.

    Two people who are alike and have no major problems going on a road trip that has 0 consequences if they fail is exactly what Tammy is about. The script did not set up for the film to succeed and everything else that followed can be blamed on the Falcone and McCarthy. Like Tammy in the film, I expect McCarthy to bounce back and give us more films with a script that actually works. I will totally recommend you to skip Tammy and wait until you are channel surfing one night and you happen to pass it.

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