With Andy expected back next week, I’ll be taking a solo look this week at Melissa McCarthy’s latest vehicle, Tammy (R). In the movie, McCarthy plays a down-on-her-luck middle-aged person who goes on a road trip of sorts with her grandma (Susan Sarandon). Kathy Bates, Mark Duplass, Gary Cole and Sandra Oh costar in the film. McCarthy’s real life husband (Ben Falcone) directs.
Ryan: Melissa McCarthy is one of the only few bankable stars in today’s Hollywood. She’s been white hot since Bridesmaids and has continued that trend with Identity Theft and last year’s The Heat. That streak comes to a sudden stop with the abysmal effort of a film that is Tammy. This is hands-down one of the worst films of the year.
What’s so puzzling about Tammy is why it’s such a bad film. With a stellar cast and McCarthy doing her thing, Tammy has the blueprint to be a successful movie. Granted, McCarthy’s act might be growing old in some circles but I don’t think that’s really the case just quite yet. More to the point, Tammy is a train-wreck of a film simply because it has no direction to what kind of movie it wants to be. McCarthy’s previous film characters weren’t very complex characters but everyone knew what they were—the crazy bridesmaid, the lovable crook, the foul-mouthed cop—these were all characters that an audience could easily get. Here with Tammy I don’t know what to make of her. She’s married—but then separated—works at a fast-food restaurant (or did) and then goes on a spontaneous road trip with her grandma (but with no destination). Her character embodies that crude but lovable nature that McCarthy has mastered yet there’s no focus to what she’s supposed to be doing in this movie. She just wonders endlessly from scene to scene. This entire film plays like an hour and half sketch comedy show with no cohesive link between the various scenes. One never gets an idea to what kind of character McCarthy was going for with Tammy. The character of Tammy somewhat fits in with her other past screen personas but ultimately the character, as well as the movie, just falls flat.