Tammy: Love McCarthy but not the movie

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJuly 2, 2014 

Film Review Tammy

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Melissa McCarthy, left, and Susan Sarandon in a scene from "Tammy." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Michael Tackett)


Tammy is a really bad movie. Billed as a comedy, it's not even remotely funny. So why do I -- and why will you -- end up liking a movie that is so bad?

Two words: Melissa McCarthy.

She is Tammy, the title character. Fired for being late for work, Tammy gets home early and finds her husband with one of her friends. Righteously angry, and determined to finally get out of her small town and limited life, Tammy embarks on an adventure with her grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon.

The reason? Grandma has money. Tammy doesn't.

Both women are pathetic. Tammy is a pitiful klutz, and grandma is a slut and a drunk. They bounce from one unfunny, predictable disaster to another. McCarthy and Sarandon are joined by co-stars Kathy Bates and Sandra Oh, and playing love interests are Gary Cole and Mark Duplass. Toni Collette plays the "other" woman, and Ben Falcone, McCarthy's real-life husband, has a short cameo as Tammy's boss.

Though the chemistry between the two actresses and their co-stars is terrific, no one involved is that funny. Blame that on a choppy, episodic-like script penned by McCarthy and Falcone, who also directs.

They're not funny, and neither is their movie.

All that works in this disaster is McCarthy, who is the latest in Hollywood's long string of lovable losers. McCarthy has sad sack chops as good as any, and is close to as good as my all-time favorite John Candy who made me -- and you -- laugh and cry in Planes, Trains & Automobiles.

She has that kind of skill. McCarthy is impossible not to love. Unfortunately, she's now getting typecast, and here, she is typecasting herself. McCarthy and Falcone need to avoid films like this and look harder for other vehicles as worthy as her Oscar-nominated turn in Bridesmaids.


Director: Ben Falcone

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Kathy Bates, Susan Oh, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Falcone

Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars

Rated R for mature themes, language, drug and alcohol abuse. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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