Review: Tammy – A boisterous no-brainer
If you have ever wondered what the 1991 chick-road-trip movie, Thelma & Louise, might have been like if it had been crossed with 1994’s Dumb & Dumber, the answer might be the new Melissa McCarthy vehicle, Tammy. This is an incredibly stupid but hilarious film starring the modern comedic equivalent of Lucille Ball.
If inane movies like The Jerk, Napoleon Dynamite, and the aforementioned Dumb & Dumber are not your “thing” (I love all three of those, by the way), then you are likely to hate Tammy; but if you appreciate Three Stooges like physical comedy and idiocy, this is McCarthy doing what she does best, and it’s sure to put a big smile on your face.
Tammy (McCarthy) is a few fries short of a “Topper Jack” meal (that being the fast-food restaurant where she works) and she’s having a very bad day. She wrecks her car, gets fired from her job for being late and in a mess from the accident, then goes home early to find her husband sharing a romantic dinner with her slimmer and trimmer next-door neighbor.
She decides to escape out of town, but with no money or car she resorts to bringing along her alcoholic grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who can supply funds, a vehicle and a destination; hoping to visit Niagara Falls for the first time.
Wackiness ensues as the grandma and granddaughter go completely off the track, getting intoxicated, searching for men, and learning intimate and embarrassing details about the other’s life. While they have a love/hate relationship with each other, they still manage to bond and become closer over the road trip that takes them from one crazy misadventure to another (as road trips are meant to do.)
Much of this movie is of a mature theme, but I didn’t find it nearly as offensive as this summer’s other off-color farce, Neighbors. There is just something good-natured about McCarthy’s delivery that makes the adult humor more palatable. The film is co-written by McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who also makes his directorial debut with this movie.
There is something disturbing about this film though, and that is seeing Susan Sarandon playing a grandmother role. (I didn’t need that age reminder, thank you.) That aside, she does a great job in the part, as does Kathy Bates, who plays Pearl’s lesbian cousin, Lenore. Dan Aykroyd even makes a cameo as Tammy’s Dad, and Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed) play’s Tammy’s love interest.
I’m a sucker for a goofball road-trip movie, and I think Melissa McCarthy is one of the best comedians out there today, so this one is a no-brainer for me and it literally requires no brain to enjoy (which is good sometimes.) Grade: 7/10
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