(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Tammy is a well acted movie, but as a comedy, it had its moments, but everything else was just ehh. Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Melissa McCarthy may be the queen of comedy for ladies right now. I mean, she got nominated for an Oscar in a comedy which is rare to see nowadays. What I like about her is that she can play a comedic role and play a serious role at the same time. To me that is a rare trait to have, and for us to enjoy. In Tammy, she was no different, and it is a joy to see her do her thing, even though the movie may not be that good. I will start with what I like, to the so-so, to what I didn’t like.
What I liked, the acting in this movie I thought was good. McCarthy playing Tammy was a joy to watch and gives it her all playing an immature adult going through some struggles in her life. She goes on a road trip with her Grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon, who was pretty much going through a mid life crisis of her own. Seeing both of them acting together was also a joy, because they had chemistry. Seeing Sarandon playing an alcoholic grandma was funny to watch.In any McCarthy movie, you will see her husband, Ben Falcone who also made his directorial debut, making a cameo of some sort. This time, he played Tammy’s boss in a fast food restaurant and ending up firing her. This creates a funny scene of her starting a tantrum at the restaurant. I enjoyed Kathy Bates playing, Lenore, a lesbian who is also the cousin of Tammy’s grandmother. She was like the peacemaker in Tammy’s and her Grandma’s strange relationship, and also on giving some blunt advice to the both of them. Probably a good twist scene that really showed McCarthy’s acting chops was when she thought that her Grandma died which created a powerful scene, but on the end she was ok which made her Grandma realize that she needs help. A nice twist to the twist.
The so so, a lot of scenes that were comedic comes out to be awkward, which I believe the movie tried to do. For example, the robbery scene, had some funny moments and lines, but seeing this unfolding, I wouldn’t have taken her seriously, and grabbed that bag from her. Instead, you see people just acting weird in this scene. What was also awkward was seeing Tammy and the guy she met, played by Mark Duplass, instead of being a romantic interest, it was just straight up awkward. Honestly, it kind of worked in a weird sort of way. Probably more grounded when it comes to love interests in movies.
What I didn’t like, after the acting and the comedic moments, the movie just wasn’t that interesting. Maybe it’s because the lack of transitions, or maybe a lack of caring for Tammy since she wasn’t that likable. Whatever it is, the movie lacked interest all the way through and that is what created its downfall.
Overall, a well acted movie especially by Melissa McCarthy that had it’s comedic moments, but an ok rating at best. I would like to see McCarthy in more serious roles to boost her acting chops even more!!! Final Rating 3 out of 5 Stars.
(Sidenote: 3 Days to Kill, a James Bond wannabe kind if movie that stars as Kevin Costner as a CIA who is on a final mission for in return he would get a serum to cure his fatal condition. At the same time, he is trying to reconcile his with his family. Especially his daughter, who is played by Hailee Stienfeld. You see the growing connection between Costner and Steinfeld which makes the movie watchable. Directed by McG, the action in this movie was not bad, but the story was predictable and subpar. Still entertaining to watch once you get through the lame story. Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars.)