Tammy (2014) – Glad I went to see it anyway!
Actors: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Gary Cole, Nat Faxon, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Ben Falcone, Sarah Baker, Rich Williams, Steve Little, Dakota Lee
Duration: 96 min
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Long Story Short:
Tammy loses her job and catches her husband cheating the same day. Ready to leave her old live behind she decides to go on a road trip with her grandmother.
We all know what a goof ball Melissa McCarthy is, and that’s why we love her. She can be raunchy sometimes, and relies on stereotypes, which in her case is the heavy set clumsy girl, but all that doesn’t matter, because she is simply adorable and hilarious. And since she is doing a great job, why not relying on it? Stick to what you know.
With that said, I don’t think Tammy is doing her too much justice. It’s the first movie McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone take full credit for; they wrote the script and produced it, so it goes without saying that this piece is very important to them. I think with the pressure they have been putting on themselves by wanting to make this movie a success they were too stiff and staged with some of the dialogue parts, certain scenes seemed like a skit and at times it felt confusing whether they wanted to create a comedy or drama. It wasn’t funny enough to be a comedy and not serious enough for a drama, not consistent enough for a dramedy. The idea was simple and could have been executed in many different ways, but I believe they wanted to show McCarthy’s sentimental side, which I actually liked as well. But whenever a sad moment was about to happen it was killed by a cheap laugh.
The movie has an amazing entourage like Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates, only to mention a few, and while I think Bates was giving an amazing performance as usual, I felt like Sarandon got a little lost because it didn’t fit her persona at all; Tammy’s grandmother was not complex enough for her. Actually I wished they would have made Kathy Bates the grandmother and Sarandon her friend.
So, is it worth watching? I think it is, especially for everyone who likes Melissa McCarthy. Does is have a deeper meaning? Not really, but why are people trying to look for one? People will always find something negative about a movie and I agree, it might not be the best movie Mrs. McCarthy has ever come out with, but it was a project and an experience she wanted to make. Maybe she realizes that she should work with scripts from someone else from now on, or establishes a deeper meaning and character development next time she writes a script with her husband.
I enjoyed myself and could look past the few slow parts. And I will watch again in a few years.