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‘Tammy’: McCarthy makes you laugh at her hard luck story

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When things get bad they get funny. This crazy comedy is about a young woman down on her luck and her grandmother living out her last remaining years. Together they decide to live life to the fullest while discovering who they really are.

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Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is a Topper Jack’s fast food employee who takes her career not so seriously. After losing her job she returns home to find her husband Bobby (Mark Duplass) having dinner with their neighbor Missi (Toni Collette). She determines that her husband is having an affair and leaves to go to her parent’s home. Tammy’s mother Deb (Allison Janney) and father Don (Dan Aykroyd), live two houses way from her, along with her grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon).

When she arrives she finds that Pearl has lots of cash and is ready to leave Deb’s dwelling for one last adventure. Against her mother’s wishes Tammy takes the car along with Pearl and they begin to leave town. After a crazy night of drinking, Pearl convinces Tammy to go on a road trip to Niagara Falls.

During their travels and some stupidity with the law, they meet up with Pearl’s cousin Lenore (Kathy Bates) and her lover Susanne (Sandra Oh). Lenore and Susanne help them avoid the law and understand their alternative life style while they celebrate the 4th of July.

Director Ben Falcone and co-writer Melissa McCarthy put together this crazy tale that will make you laugh. They include some fantastic comedy along with a heartwarming story that will teach you a lesson about what not to do when finding your way. The plot seems to go off track at times, but still finds a way to entertain.

Final Grade: I give this a C+ for its excellent and entertaining humor, along with the emotional storyline.

Release Date: July 2, 2014

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, and Dan Aykroyd.

Director: Ben Falcone

Writer: Melissa McCarthy, and Ben Falcone.

Runtime: 96 minutes (1 hour and 36 minutes)

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including sexual references.

Genre: Comedy

Production Company: Gary Sanchez Productions, New Line Cinema, and Warner Bros.


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