Tammy is one peculiar lady. That’s the simple way of putting it.
She’s vivacious, messy and one hell of an emotional person. But emotional doesn’t equate with temperamental. Well, maybe in her case it does, but only at the beginning of her drama.
Melissa McCarthy co-wrote this film with her husband, Ben Falcone (he also directs the movie), who plays her not-so-respectable boss at her fast food job, and McCarthy, once again, delivers an outrageously creative and believable performance of this character.
From Tammy’s quirks and habits to her up-and-down emotions, McCarthy makes you empathize with Tammy’s story. She’s always looking for a way out of her mediocre lifestyle (her town, especially) and to explore other opportunities in life. Her only problem is the anxiety that comes along with change. Many could understand her fear of the unknown.
After a bad day, she finds herself in an unexpected predicament and decides to leave town. Her grandmother also packs up her bags to Tammy's surprise and goes along for the ride.
Pearl (Susan Sarandon) is the lively and youthful grandmother who accompanies Tammy on this trip of a lifetime to see Niagara Falls and get out of that mediocre town.
It’s the traveling that makes the movie entertaining and you see the growth of Tammy and Pearl’s relationship, which isn’t bad at first, but they’re not the closest.
While traveling through the country back roads, you see Tammy finally live her life. She’s gleeful and full of energy at all of the experiences she probably wouldn’t have had back home. Pearl is a wonderful influence on Tammy, but don’t forget they’re still growing to form a better relationship and with a good amount of hours together in a car, you can imagine it might cause friction.
Along the way you see Tammy and Pearl meet a few interesting folk; two of those people in a criminal circumstance. But as some say, each person that comes into your life has a purpose, and for these women that is most certainly true.
Some other supporting characters that must be mentioned are Lenore (Kathy Bates), Pearl’s eccentric cousin and her wife, Susanne (Sandra Oh); the ever-so-worrisome mother of Tammy, Deb (Allison Janney) and Tammy’s father Don, played by Dan Aykroyd. Everyone in this movie is perfectly fit into their characters and you feel a part of the wild and at times, dysfunctional family.
If you want to have a joy ride with these two fun ladies and live life to the fullest because it only happens once, go see Tammy and her new outlook on life, it might inspire you to do the same.