Movie per day project. Day 475: Tammy
Melissa McCarthy co-wrote this comedy with her husband, Ben Falcone, who made his directorial debut with this feature. It has a lot of names associated, including Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Toni Collette, Gary Cole, Allison Janney, and Dan Aykroyd.
McCarthy plays the title character, whose life is sort of falling to shit. On the same day she wrecks her car, loses her job, and finds out that her husband is cheating on her with one of her friends. She flees the city in her grandmother’s car, with her grandmother (Sarandon) in tow. It turns out that her gram is even more of a wild woman than Tammy is, and they find themselves in a bit of trouble.
This one starts off kind of shaky, and is very uneven. The undeniable charisma of Sarandon, Bates, and McCarthy kind of make up for it. There is a lack of subtlety, and the moral of the story is an Aesop that gets hammered home like the fist of an angry god by Kathy Bates about 80% of the way through. They may as well have flashed, “LISTEN UP, BECAUSE THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART,” on the screen right before she started her speech.
Tammy was a financial success, even if critics did not like it much. I thought it was a decent comedy, and I enjoyed watching it. I don’t think it is one I would own, but it was certainly worth a viewing. Also, Mark Duplass, whom I last saw in Safety Not Guaranteed, is great as Gary Cole’s son.