"Well, I Guess You're Not, Like, the WORST Person in the World..."
I said I’ve seen this film before, but that’s not strictly true. I’ve seen this film with male protagonists and a primarily male cast. Our two leads could have easily been swapped out for Kevin James and Alan Arkin and very little about the film would have changed. And there is something really great about seeing all these legendary comedic actresses having fun together in an incredibly trashy setting (Kathy Bates is a stand-out for me as Tammy’s retired lesbian cousin with a passion for pyrotechnics). In that sense, I’d really love to recommend Tammy. I’d love to hold this up as the funniest film I’ve seen this summer, and tell everyone to drop what they’re doing and go watch it. But I can’t. I can’t recommend this movie because it isn’t funny ENOUGH of the time to make up for its meandering plot and its legitimately clunky dialogue.
This all being said, I’m not sorry I watched it. There’s some really great performances here, and there’s a few scenes that are funny and creative (Watching Melissa McCarthy inexpertly hold up a fast-food restaurant as Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” plays is one of the oddest, most joyful things I’ve seen in years). In the end, it really seems like McCarthy just wanted to make a movie with some funny people she really likes, while exploring a ridiculous character and giving her a bit of depth, which is a kind of movie I can get behind. But I probably won’t see it again. McCarthy’s probably going to have to show a little more finesse and craft before I can personally place her on the same tier as her co-stars.
Grandma's drink of choice is Dale's Pale Ale. Some similar, light, white trash beer would also do the trick. Or Kentucky Bourbon.
-Drink whenever Tammy falls over
-Drink whenever food comes up in conversation
-Drink whenever Tammy purposefully knocks something over
-Drink when you see a non-human animal
-Drink for explosions
This review is written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "Tammy" is produced by Warners Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema. The film is rated "R" with a run time of 96 minutes.