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Tammy (film)


Tammy: Rated R” (1 hour and 46 minutes)

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Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates

Directed by: Ben Falcone

Tammy (McCarthy) is having a really bad, awful day (that is just part and parcel of a really bad, awful life). On her way to her crappy job at a fast-food place (with a terrible, awful boss, Keith — Ben Falcone), she hits a deer, then gets fired by her Keith only to come home and discover that her husband, Greg (Nate Faxon,) is cheating on her with a neighbor, Missi (Toni Collette). Tammy walks out, and heads for her mom’s house (down the street), only to discover that mom (Janney) has been through all of this before and is largely unsympathetic. Since mom won’t lend her either her or her father’s car, she winds up embarking on a road trip with her grandmother Pearls (Sarandon) who also lives with mom.

While a road trip with grandma isn’t on Tammy’s top 10 list, it turns out that Gram is flush (holding nearly 7K in cash) so the two of them head off to see Niagara Falls (which Pearls dad promised to show her when she was eight, but never delivered). Once on the road, Tammy discovers that Gram is something of a raging alcoholic and something of a over-sexed party animal. When Tammy and Pearl wind up at a local bar Pearls where they meet Earl (Gary Cole) and his son Bobby (Mark Duplass). Pearls soon scores with Earl, and they wind up back in Pearls and Tammy’s hotel room with Tammy sleeping outside the front door of the room and Pearls and Earl inside playing hide the salami.

From there things get even more hilariously uncomfortable and complicated. This film has a really amazing cast, which also includes Dan Aykroyd as Tammy’s dad, Kathy Bates as Pearl’s sister Lenore and Sandra Oh as Lenore’s lesbian lover, Susanne. Still, given McCarthy’s celebrity, as well as the aging “A”-List stars providing her with supporting roles, and a hopping sound track this film should appeal to a wide audience range and do quite well for itself. Oh, and don’t rush out to the theater as you’ll want to catch the Easter egg trailer that runs during the credits.


Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.


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