Tammy

Tammy

Director: Ben Falcone

Writers: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Gary Cole, Nat Faxon, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Ben Falcone, Sarah Baker, Rich Williams, Steve Little, Dakota Lee

Synopsis: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including sexual references

Stevennix2001's Rating:

6.8 / 10

Pros:


- Some of the jokes were funny

- Melissa McCarthy is funny

- All the actors play their parts well

- Film moves at a good pace

Cons:


- Most of the jokes throughout this film are often misses, and can sometimes come across as being weird if anything else

- The story is poorly written, and extremely predictable

- Most of the characters are underdeveloped

- Romance involving Tammy feels forced and out of place

- All the best jokes were featured in the trailers

A fairly mediocre movie that tries to be more than what it is, but it misses it's mark completely.

Have you ever seen a comedy where all the best jokes were shown in the trailer, and all you're left with is nothing more than a cliched story that you'd probably would've been better off waiting for on netflix instead of seeing it in theaters? Well, that's basically "Tammy" in a nutshell. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie by any means. However, it's just fairly predictable, and most of the jokes throughout this comedy range from being funny to coming across as being downright weird half the time.

The story focuses on a girl named Tammy (Melissa McCarthy), who works at a dead end job for some fast food burger place. One day on her way to work, she accidentally runs over a deer; which prompts her to be late. Her boss fires her for it, and she finds out later that her husband is cheating on her to boot. Wow, talk about bad luck! Through a series of events, Tammy ends up going on a cross country road trip, with her grandma, to see Niagara Falls, while getting into all sorts of hijinks along the way.

It seems like the movie tries to emulate "Neighbors" in a lot of ways, by having it's core humor be a barrage of vulgar and low brow type comedy, while having a surprisingly deep underlying story underneath. The only problem is that "Tammy" falls tragically short in both areas. Unlike "Neighbors", most of the humor throughout this movie is hit or miss, with a good portion of it often missing it's mark. Sure, you still have some funny jokes here and there, but majority of the good ones are featured in the trailers; which isn't a good sign to say the least.

Of course, it doesn't help that the story is fairly mediocre at best. For starters, we're never given any reason why Tammy's husband cheated on her, and we're hardly told anything about the guy at all. Just that he cheated on Tammy, and that's about it. Making the end joke involving his character all the less gratifying. Sure, you're happy that he gets what he deserves at the end, but we know so little about the guy that it comes off more as a "meh" than anything else There's hardly anything worth getting invested in here.

The film follows almost every cliche in the book, and the so called deep story that "Tammy" tries to tell comes off as bland and mediocre, at best. Not only is every plot point visible from over a mile away, but it's almost sad to see Melissa McCarthy in this. Seriously, this girl is arguably one of the funniest people in Hollywood today, and you can tell she gives it her all here. However, the script doesn't give her a whole lot to work with.

And even though she has a great rapport with Susan Sarandon, it's not enough to lift this film to being anything close to great. The romance that Tammy has feels a bit forced at times, and out of place. Many of the supporting characters seem underdeveloped, but I will say that each actor plays their parts rather well; in spite of having a weak script to work with.

However, some of the jokes work well, Granted, most of them are misses, but the ones that do hit are fairly funny. It's a shame the film couldn't be consistent with it's humor though. Overall, I would have to say that "Tammy" is OKAY at best, but I would hardly call it a great comedy by any means. No, it's just an average film that's good for a few laughs, but I wouldn't expect too much out of it. Definitely worth checking out on DVD/Blue Ray/Netflix whenever you get a chance to see it, but I wouldn't pay this in theaters.

And for those that look for those elusive after credit scenes that seem to be very popular these days, then I should tell you that there is a brief outtake scene, in the middle of the closing credits. It's not really that funny if you ask me, but if you're into outtakes like that, then you might get a good laugh out of it. "Tammy" may not be as funny as it was advertised to be, but it's fairly enjoyable if you're just looking for a decent comedy to enjoy on a Saturday night at home.

© 2014 Steven Escareno

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