UK Release Date: 4th July 2014
Runtime: 97 minutes
Director: Ben Falcone
Writer: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Kathy Bates
Synopsis: After her husband cheats, a disgruntled woman takes her boozy grandmother on a road trip.
Melissa McCarthy is a big star in the world of Hollywood comedy right now. Off the back of Bridesmaids, Identity Thief and The Heat, she’s one of the most bankable female performers in the genre. She has teamed up with her husband, Ben Falcone, to write and produce her latest film Tammy. Unfortunately, they forgot to write any jokes.
Tammy (McCarthy) is sacked from her job at a fast food restaurant and returns home to find her husband having a romantic meal with the neighbour (Toni Collette). In a fit of rage, Tammy goes to pick up her grandmother’s car to go on a road trip, but ends up taking her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) along for the ride too.
Tammy is a depressing example of comedy formula. Two mismatched characters go on a road trip together, hate each other for a while and eventually reconcile their differences. Unfortunately, hilarity completely fails to ensue as a result of that setup. Tammy is almost entirely devoid of laughs, which is curious given the calibre of the people involved.
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The problem with Tammy is, above all else, that the script is lazy. The jokes are either flat or downright non-existent, with the exception of a couple of giggles that are in the trailer anyway. The story follows a cookie cutter road movie structure and fails to do anything new with the format.
McCarthy’s performance is truly committed and commendable, but the material just isn’t there in Tammy. It’s infuriating to see the comic talent that McCarthy so obviously has being forced to bubble under the surface of such a bad story.
Susan Sarandon is equally committed, but is hopelessly miscast as McCarthy’s grandmother and is given a very standard “isn’t it funny when old people are hedonists?” character that doesn’t give her much to do.
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Tammy is a real disappointment of a film. With better material, the people involved could’ve produced something really special, but instead, they were left with something that is bland, generic and humourless.
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Aside from a couple of little giggles, Tammy is a comedy film that simply isn’t funny. McCarthy tries her best with the material, but there’s little excuse for her given her intimate role in the movie’s creative process.
The all-star cast do nothing to enliven a film that has absolutely nothing new to say about anything.
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