In this movie we follow Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) who has one of the worst days of her life as she loses her job, her car, and finds out her husband’s cheating (Nat Faxon) on her. Tired with life, she goes on a road trip with her grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon) to Niagara Falls. She quickly sees that the trip is not at all what she thought it would be as she finds that she is spending more time taking care of her grandmother then anything else.
With the last two movies that Melissa McCarthy has starred in (Bridesmaids and Identity Thief) you go into this movie with high expectations. And if you pay attention to the credits, you see that she co-wrote this movie with her husband. So you know it’s going to be funny.
And the movie delivered.
By no means is this movie better then Bridesmaids and Identity Thief in terms of comedy, but like Bridesmaids, this movie has an underlying story and message that they are trying to convey to the audience. It’s about going after what you want in life and not letting anything stop you.
McCarthy is able to show that she can do more then just act comedically as she is able to show some of her drama side in this movie. While this may come as a shock to some of her fans, some of her older fans knew that she could. She did star on Gilmore Girls for nine years and was able to capture all the essence of Sookie.
Perhaps some of the best performances come from Susan Sarandon, Gary Cole, and Kathy Bates. These are Academy Award winners acting the complete opposite that we have come to know them as but in the very best way. You think that you have them all figured out then they go and do something completely different. It shows that they are not ‘above’ anything and are not afraid to do a raunchy movie like this.
There were some times that it ran a bit slow as they worked to develop the story. The beginning was rushed as Tammy has all this stuff happen to her at once. Yes it could happen but it felt like they were just rushing to get to the road trip without trying to set it up in any way.
While there are some slow parts, it’s going to be the one-liners that you will take from this movie. McCarthy shows that she is not afraid to get a laugh and will pretty much say the most unexpected thing at any given moment. Just make sure to stick around through the first bit of credits as you get a good blooper for a great laugh.
Tammy stars Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Kathy Bates, Nat Faxon, Toni Collette, and Allison Janney and is Rated R.
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