Flash Movie Review: Tammy

The reactions vary from individual to individual when it comes to experiencing good or bad luck. Some people take things in stride, where the appearance of luck has little effect on their mood. Whether they find $20.00 on the ground while walking to the store or getting drenched by torrential rains that started five minutes before they arrived at their destination, their mood barely budges. I think part of the reason has to do with the way one was raised. The lower the self-confidence the gloomier a person becomes from a stroke of bad luck. There is something about bad luck that makes it feel like a chewed up piece of gum that is stuck on your shoes, making each step harder to take. I have also noticed, at least in my experiences, luck comes in waves. If a person is having a lucky moment it tends to expand beyond one incident. An example would be someone on a lucky streak while playing a game of chance. However, the same could be said if they were on a bad streak. There is an old saying that death comes in threes; the same could be said regarding bad luck.    IN this comedy Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Identity Thief) played Tammy, essentially the same character she recently has portrayed twice before. Loud and foul-mouthed Tammy had a string of bad luck going when her car broke down, lost her job and found her husband Greg, played by Nat Faxon (The Descendants, Bad Teacher), cheating on her with another woman. Seizing it as an opportunity to get out of town and change her life, Tammy found an additional problem; she would have to take along her alcoholic grandmother Pearl, played by Susan Sarandon (The Lovely Bones, The Big Wedding). This film festival winner was such a mess with its conflicting story lines. It would flip from a comedy to a drama, from funny to sad without a continuous train of thought. Maybe it has to do with my own issues about body image but I found this movie offensive. With Melissa’s recent films it seems to me she is cast for her size. The humor is supposed to come from watching a large person doing activities that if the character had been skinny would not be as funny. There was nothing new that Melissa provided to this film; but then again it was hard for any of the actors to do anything worthy with the abysmal script and poor direction. Only Kathy Bates (Titanic, Misery) as cousin Lenore came across as authentic. As far as I was concerned I felt Melissa’s luck had run out with this dud. There was one brief blooper outtake scene in the middle of the credits.


1 2/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 7, 2014, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    Sadly, this one looked too promising only to disappoint. I wish I had your thoughts before I wasted my time. Much love and naked hugs! 🙂

    • I try to see and review the new films as soon as possible, but I understand when people cannot wait and go see the film before seeing my review. lol I guess we can be grateful this film did not have a 3D version. Thanks for the comments.

      • aguywithoutboxers

        My comment was by no means a reflection on you. A friend took me to this as a way of trying to cheer herself. I am grateful for your being candid about your thoughts on the films you review!

      • Oh no, I did not take your comments as a reflection on me. You did a noble thing by going with your friend to help cheer her up.

  2. Luck comes in waves – great observation!

  3. I had similar thoughts just watching the trailers. Seemed like the same character she has played for the last 5-ish years.

  4. i guess the same could be said about w.c. fields, the marx bros, buster keaton, the 3 stooges, bud & lou, martin & lewis, chaplin, stan & ollie as well. all of them made nice livings and made folks laugh pretty much doing the same stuff in every movie or short. funny is funny and melissa is very funny in the broad, no pun intended, physical comedy way of old. she cracks me up. adam sandler doesn’t for example. at any rate, you’re entitled to your opinion.

    • Hi John, Thank you for coming by to leave your comments. The beauty of the blogging world is to be exposed to a variety of eyes who at some point have focused on the same thing. I agree Melissa has a real retro physical comedy to her; almost in a Lucille Ball type of way. Each of the people you mentioned have a physical style of comedy and an internal one that sets them apart. We are in total agreement that Adam Sandler has only become lazy and does not do it for me either. Once again thanks for your comments.

  5. Theatre of Pain

    Your review solidifies my expectations of this film after not being able to watch the trailers that came across as repulsive instead of funny to me.

    Your introduction again proved to be an enjoyable read and I agree with luck, good or bad, coming in waves. I’ve also noticed in my circle of friends that we are almost never riding the same wave simultaneously. If some of us are having a really good time, the others are struggling with something that life has thrown their way. Things will remain the same for a while before the roles are reversed but I’ve come to appreciate those that I consider to be true friends because we are there during the good times and even more so during the bad.

    – James (aka Theatre of Pain)

    • Thanks for the comments James and you reaffirm my thoughts about luck among friends. I feel luck is never the same at the same time among friends. When some are riding bad luck and others good, it keeps the group grounded and supportive.

  6. Thanks for saving us the $13 ticket price!! I personally don’t like when movies that are advertised as comedies interject sadness – that’s not what I’m there for. I really appreciate this review.

  7. I, personally, do NOT care for slapstick humor…watched “The Three Stooges” as a kid—but I find it abhorrent now! And I NEVER could tolerate things being broken or someone being hurt as funny…I am sure it was my “upbringing”—-I just do NOT find that humorous! SO when you wrote that the girth of the person was what was suppose to cause the humor—that was disappointing! Glad I did NOT see it!

    • Thank you for coming by to share your comments. I believe you made the correct choice in not seeing this film since you are not a fan of slapstick. It would be fun to see someone make a screwball comedy like they did back in the 30’s and 40’s.

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