This film is the story of TAMMY (Melissa McCarthy) and her very bad day… err… life. Let’s start with her bad day.
She wrecks her car, her job (fired by her boss / Melissa McCarthy’s real-life husband Ben Falcone), and her marriage (she finds her husband Greg/Nat Faxon–whom I’ve met– cajoling in her house with the neighbor played by Toni Collette). So she pretty much has no choice but to flee the city with her ailing/alcoholic grandma Pearl (Susan Sarandon). She’s totally broke and Pearl has a car and some cash… so they hit the road, much to the dismay of her mother (Allison Janney. Yep… that sums up her day.)
Before long the pair find themselves at a bar in Louisville, looking for a good time. So they spend some time drinking, some time fighting and before long, there’s jail time, quasi-armed robbery for bail money, and a lesbian Fourth of July party. I mention the party because it’s where we meet Pearl’s cousin Lenore (Kathy Bates and her partner Susanne (Sandra Oh). They are instrumental to the change in direction of Tammy and Pearl’s lives. (And they are known to be good actors.)
They eventually go home to face the music and reality. And guess who comes to get Tammy at the very end of the movie? Her Dad (played by Dan Aykroyd), whom we haven’t seen the entire film. And as films like this do… they try to tie all the storylines up with a pretty bow.
The screenplay is written by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone and Directed by Ben Falcone — might I add badly directed by Ben Falcone.
Tammy tries to be a kind of goofball comedy, and then a road comedy, and then “I don’t know what”. The characters are thin and when the shift happens near the end in an attempt to hit viewers in the heart with a poignant twist… it doesn’t work at all. Awkward.
I was really wishing and hoping for something watchable with the list of truly TALENTED stars that were in this film. Many of their lines come off like they are reading lines (more of a problem with the director and the script — not necessarily the actors) I kept thinking — what a waste of talent! There were two laugh-out-loud moments for me. That’s it TWO! For a comedy! Seeing Nat Faxon and Allison Janney made my mind wander back to last summer and one of my favorite summer films — The Way Way Back. Rent that.
ONE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES
Rated R for language including sexual references.