© Warner Bros. Pictures Germany

U.S.A. 2014

Opening 3 Jul 2014

Directed by: Ben Falcone
Writing credits: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone
Principal actors: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd

This is not Tammy’s (Melissa McCarthy) day: car accident begets getting fired – she does not go quietly – begets walking in on a tryst begets running away from home. Just one catch: the only person who has both cash and car is granny (Susan Sarandon). Desperate to leave, a truce of sorts is formed. Destination: Niagara Falls, New York. Detour: Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri. Escapades: barbeque, hot looking gentlemen (Gary Cole, Mark Duplass), a ski boat, and a jail stint. Finally, they make it to cousin Lenore (Kathy Bates) and Susanne (Sandra Oh) just in time for their 4th of July party: Pearl and Tammy’s personal fiasco. Afterward Lenore’s straight-talking kind ‘a sinks in for Tammy. Nevertheless, that stick-up at Toppy Jacks fast food place has to be accounted for.

Although the film has its moments, too many stereotypical snippets and crass scenes – even Sarandon’s performance cannot save – take fun out of the story that director Ben Falcone co-wrote with Melissa McCarthy. Regrettably, Bates’ onscreen time is too short, as is Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, and the Possum Creek Bluegrass Band. Production values are respectable. The candid advice Lenore gives Tammy is well worth McCarthy paying attention to. Its time she reinvent herself. Who knows, McCarthy then might even find a broader more mature audience base while making truly funny films. (Marinell Haegelin)

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