Do you happen to remember the movie “Identity Theft?” It starred Melissa McCarthy as a troubled woman with a big heart. Yes she is a criminal but dang it you just have to love that girl and oh boy can Melissa McCarthy be funny. So essentially “Identity Theft” is about a funny thief on the lamb with a happy ending. Her latest film “Tammy” again stars Melisa McCarthy as a funny thief with a big heart running from police. Hmm! Seems there is a trend building here.
“Tammy” begins with one of those days from hell. First her car catches on fire while on her way to work. So she is little messy when she gets to the burger stand where she works and her boss instantly fires her. When she gets home she finds her husband with another woman. Feeling a powerful need to get away she walks two doors over to her mother’s house where she teams up with grandma played brilliantly by Susan Sarandon. Together they set off on a trip to Niagara Falls. The trip becomes the core of the film and it is predictably loaded with humor. Therein reposes the problem.
Yes, the film is funny and will make you laugh frequently. That is entertaining and a good thing. However, it is indeed predictable. In fact I had the feeling throughout the movie that I had seen it all before in “Identity Theft.” Sure I get it, if something works don’t mess with it. Good point. But followed strictly and we very soon get to stone cold boring. Well “Tammy” is not boring, but it is a wee bit predictable.
The cast is solid talent starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon and supported by Dan Aykroyd, Mark Dupless and her husband and Director Ben Falcone. The cinematography is excellent and the editing is superb. One scene that I found to be particularly fun was to “Viking Burial” of the Jet Ski destroyed earlier by Tammy. And when it is all said and done while short of Academy Award winning material “Tammy” is a fun and entertaining summer flick well worth a couple of hours in a nicely air conditioned dark room with a bunch of strangers. “Tammy” is currently in wide release.
Copyright 2014 Ron Irwin