Tammy (2014) – Movie Review
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Gary Cole
IMDB Rating: 4.8
Plot: Tammy, who was recently fired from a Topper Jack’s fast food restaurant, returns home only to find her husband enjoying a romantic meal with the neighbor. She quickly packs her necessities, and travels down three houses to her parent’s home. Upon denied use of her mom’s car to drive to Niagara Falls, she quickly resorts to an “ailing” grandmother, who also lives in the home…Only instead of traveling alone, Grandma Pearl wants in on the road trip. After realizing Grandma Pearl has the funds, they hit the road. Pearl soon proves to be quite the alcoholic despite her diabetes, and Tammy quickly turns into the “baby-sitter.” From finding love in a bar to robbing a Topper Jack’s in order to bail Pearl out of jail,the quirky adventure will have you finding yourself riding along for the misadventures of Tammy.
Review: After Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) had a bad day of getting fired for being late again, and catching her husband cheating, she goes on a road-trip with her alcoholic grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). The pair get crazy on their trip, purchasing a broken jet ski (that Tammy destroyed), holding up a franchise of Topper Jack, (a fast food brand where she was previously employed), setting fire to their car, giving the jet-ski a “viking funeral”, and finally Tammy ending up in jail where she becomes “a better person”.
Tammy is a loud, foul-mouthed, simple woman who seems to be the bunt of most people’s jokes (and slander), but despite her failings, her outlook on life is one of a woman who has some form of hope that she is not as stupid as people think she is. (Her grandmother gives her a good lashing at a party, which you wont want to miss).
As in most comedy films made in the US, there is always that sense of drama added to the mix of a film, and in Tammy, the mix of drama blend nicely into the storyline.
The film has a great line-up of co-stars such as Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Toni Collette, Gary Cole and Dan Aykroyd, who do a splendid job in their own right to pull together to make this film a nice light-hearted comedy that most people will enjoy.
Granted, this film wont appeal to everyone, but I found that Tammy had it’s moments of being bland, but in all, an enjoyable film to watch.
Verdict: Don’t underestimate people. They may surprise y’all
Rating: 5 out of 10