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Tammy Movie Review

6 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Tammy Director: Ben Falcone Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates. Not all entertainment couples turn out to have such cinematic chemistry as Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton. Melissa McCarthy is a very talented actress, but under the direction of her husband Ben Falcone – with whom she co-wrote ‘Tammy’s’ script – she rubber-stamps the portrayal of the slovenly buffoon. The premise isn’t very imaginative. Tammy has a catastrophic day: while driving she hits a deer that damages her car, she gets fired from work and when she returns home she finds her husband having a romantic dinner with another  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Watch My "Tammy" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does Melissa McCarthy Get?

4 July 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Melissa McCarthy teams up with her husband, Ben Falcone, for .Tammy.. They co-wrote the movie together and Falcone directed. Is their collaboration a must see or just a hot mess? Take a look at my review of .Tammy..

For my interview with Melissa McCarthy, click here

Interview with Susan Sarandon, click here

Interview with Kathy Bates, click here

Interviews with Gary Cole and Mark Duplass, click here

Interview with director Ben Falcone, click here

Official .Tammy. Plot:

Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She's totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint and, instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It's time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she's broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option-with a car, »

- Manny

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Tammy movie review: women behaving badly

3 July 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it’s about women. Yay? Nah. I’m “biast” (pro): love Melissa McCarthy

I’m “biast” (con): …but despair that she will ever get a film worthy of her talent

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Well, it’s a step in the right direction. I suppose. A tiny one.

Goddammit. *sigh*

There are a lot of women onscreen in Tammy. In the same way that most movies feature a ton of men onscreen doing stupid shit for an hour and half with only occasional interruptions from women. That’s what Tammy is. It’s dumb, pointless, unentertaining crap. But at least it’s about women.


What does Tammy (Melissa McCarthy: The Heat, The Hangover Part III) want? She’s the central character of this aimless collection of random, supposedly comedic setpieces, and we have no idea who she is. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Tammy: Where’s Debbie Reynolds When You Need Her?

2 July 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Every woman I know who is even slightly skinny-disabled adores Melissa McCarthy, and why not? She comes off as warm, joyful, and totally comfortable with her poundage in all of her print and TV interviews.  Off-screen she’s a role model and an inspiration. And on-screen, she has perfect comic timing, a puppy dog’s smile that emerges now and then from her gruffest characters, plus a huge dose of self-respect. Hollywood probably hasn’t had a box office star like her since Marie Dressler in the Thirties, one who has so upended what a star should be. McCarthy might just be the anti-Julia Roberts.

Now first the good news:  In the trailer for the forthcoming October release St. Vincent, which stars Bill Murray, we see glimpses of McCarthy playing a genuine human being. Yes, there’s much more to Melissa than a few bravura comic performances and a »

- Brandon Judell

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Tammy | Review

2 July 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tammy Girl: Falcone’s Debut a Tepid Turkey

Rex Reed might have been better served to save his wayward disparagements about the cinematic talents of Melissa McCarthy for her turn in Tammy, even though his cacomorphobia and repellant misogyny would still have been best left for a conversation amongst a likeminded coterie. After box office hits with Identity Thief and The Heat in 2013, McCarthy’s star power has afforded her the chance to get her own vehicles off the ground. Pity then that her first major venture, co-written and directed by husband Ben Falcone, is so miserably underwhelming. Reminiscent of how Chris Farley’s comedic talents were often squandered on sub-par projects in the 90’s, McCarthy seems intent to repeat the trashy lass formula that’s served her so well, but her eponymous protagonist grates rather than skates above the mediocrity of the material.

Recently fired from her job in a fast food joint, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Tammy

2 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The day Melissa McCarthy stops cracking me up will be a cold day in hell. She always plays her roles with gross honesty and wit, and doesn't take guff from anyone. With her latest film Tammy hitting theaters today, it's clear that McCarthy has a knack for less-than-glamorous, ball-busting female characters. That said, however, this movie could have done a lot better on all accounts.

Tammy is the directing debut of McCarthy's husband and actor Ben Falcone (Air Marshall Jon from Bridesmaids), not to mention the first screenplay McCarthy and Falcone have penned together. Although McCarthy's humor shines through (complete with a cameo by Falcone), it falls flat due to bizarre casting choices, a faulty plot line, and downright unrelatable characters.

The premise is that Tammy (McCarthy) is having a pretty crappy day, week and life. She loses her job (at which she doesn't seem to work too hard), she »

- Marcelena Mayhorn

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Film Review: Unfunny ‘Tammy’ is a Melissa McCarthy Misfire

2 July 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Melissa McCarthy has jumped the shark. Or if she hasn’t, she’s strapped on the skis and is contemplating the ramp. Going once more to the same character well – this time with a script co-written with her husband Ben Falcone and directed by him – McCarthy shows little originality or gumption as the title character in “Tammy..”

Rating: 2.0/5.0

What could have been a interesting character journey into the lower middle class wage slavers, becomes a tired exercise in “Tammy always wins” and “Tammy is super attractive once you clean her up,” etc. McCarthy can’t help being the hero in her own film, which is fine, if the damn thing had any laughs. Instead, it’s a road trip movie with seen-it-all-before stereotypes and a waste of a superlative cast in support of Tammy’s greatness. Seems to me, I’ve heard that song before.

Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. »

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Melissa McCarthy and “Tammy” Cast Talk Lesbian Role Models in Film

2 July 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

We’re at a point now where we have an idea what we’re going to get from a Melissa McCarthy film.

We’re going to get a character who may initially come across as loud and obnoxious, though in the midst of a lot of hilarious physical comedy you may just end up learning something from her.

But is that onscreen persona wearing thin with audiences after it was perfected in Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, Identity Thief with Jason Bateman and The Heat with Sandra Bullock? Not at all! And McCarthy’s latest offering, Tammy, proves it.

In the film, co-written by McCarthy and real-life husband Ben Falcone (who also appears early in the film as Tammy’s boss and also makes his directorial debut), Tammy is someone who, in a single day, loses her job, her car and her man and decides to hit the road with her »

- Jim Halterman

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'Tammy': What the Critics Are Saying

2 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon head out on a road trip in Tammy, out Wednesday. Directed by McCarthy's husband and oft-collaborator Ben Falcone, the comedy also features Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Mark Duplass, Nat Faxon, Toni Collette and Sandra Oh. Photos From 'Easy Rider' to 'Tammy,' 13 Memorable Road Trip Movies Box-office observers predict that the New Line comedy will debut to $45 million to $50 million over the Fourth of July weekend, considering McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's The Heat took in $47.2 million during the same stretch last year after opening the weekend before. Read what top critics are

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- Ilana Lifshitz, Ashley Lee

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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Talk Tammy, Finding the Story Inspiration in a Dream, Writing the Script as a Love Letter to Illinois, and More

1 July 2014 6:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Tammy, the feature directorial debut of Ben Falcone, follows Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman on the edge who has lost her job, her husband and her car, all in one day.  She wants out of her small town existence, but with no money or transportation, the only way to do that is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who leads them into a string of misadventures that neither of them will soon forget.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon. During a conference at the film’s press day, real-life husband and wife Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone talked about their dream of telling this story together, the idea coming from a dream, how growing up in Illinois has informed their comedy, getting this talented cast involved, giving mouth-to-mouth to a deer, what their own road trips are like, »

- Christina Radish

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Tammy – The Review

1 July 2014 4:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

For those of you thinking, “Oh no, another reboot!”, just hold your horses. This new film is not a “re-imagining” of that story of the sweet, naive, fresh-faced young backwoods beauty introduced in the 1957 late show staple Tammy And The Bachelor which spawned a film and TV series and boasted an Oscar nominated top 40 title tune. We don’t hear a note of that pop standard, although that first film’s star, Debbie Reynolds, was almost in this new flick. Nope, 2014′s Tammy is this Summer’s starring vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, almost three years to the day of her star-making supporting (and Oscar-nominated) turn in the surprise smash hit Bridesmaids, Between her weekly job as half of TV’s “Mike & Molly”, she followed her 2011 film hit last year with Identity Thief and The Heat. But this new film is a big step forward in her movie career, as she »

- Jim Batts

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Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon Laugh it Up at The Tammy Red Carpet Premiere

1 July 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The premiere of “Tammy” took place Monday and, of course, where there’s a premiere, there’s usually a massive image gallery! You can check out the pictures from the event below the post. Those in attendance included some stars and producers of the film, including Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Cleo King, Nyambi Nyambi and producer Will Farrell. Also in attendance was the film’s director, Ben Falcone. The film will be out in theaters nationwide July 2. Along with McCarthy and Sarandon, the film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Sandra Oh, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. Here’s more about the film. “Tammy (McCarthy) is having  [ Read More ]

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Kathy Bates on 'Tammy' and the Worst People to Work With

1 July 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kathy Bates is thrilled to be in "Tammy," the new sentimental comedy co-written by and starring Melissa McCarthy, because the "Bridesmaids" actress is exactly the kind of costar Bates likes: an unpretentious, professional, real person. "I want [costars] to be down to Earth. I want them to be an Earthling," Bates said to HitFix. "I want them to be a groundling, as well as be able to do magnificent things. My mother always said you need to be able to walk with paupers and you need to be able to walk with kings. That's how I kind of feel about people in general. You want to be able to have a real conversation with somebody and still have them do magic tricks and be magnificent." In addition to her funny scenes in "Tammy," Bates gets the opportunity to do something truly bizarre: throw a flaming pike into a jetski. The Oscar-winning »

- Louis VIrtel

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Tammy Review

1 July 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, The Heat. For the last three years, Hollywood’s most-anticipated comedy output has become synonymous with Melissa McCarthy’s foul-mouthed, arrogant loser schtick. This summer’s offering, Tammy, penned by McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone – who takes on directorial duties – carries on her commitment to wringing the humour from the ridiculous circumstances of unlucky schlubs.

Whereas Bridesmaids and The Heat rewrote the rules of convention for women in comedy, Tammy prefers to trot a familiar path. Another frumpy Midwesterner, Tammy can’t catch a break. Her rustbucket Corolla is totalled. She’s fired from her job. Her boyfriend is dining the classy waif from next door. This trifecta of blows provide the catalyst for the down-trodden ex-fast food employee to get out of dodge. Penniless, there’s only one escape route: with her sexaholic, alcoholic grandma Pearl (Susan Sarandon), eager to offer up her car and $6,700 on one condition. »

- Gem Seddon

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9 Films to See in July

1 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Summer is the ultimate season for the beach, the sun, and…of course, the movies. Take a break from summer to escape to the movie theater this month. Here are nine great films coming out in July! “Tammy,” July 2 “Tammy” stars the hilarious Melissa McCarthy as Tammy, a woman with a stroke of recent bad luck. She’s just caught her cheating husband and been fired from her thankless job. Tammy wants to start fresh but needs to rely on her grandmother (Susan Sarandon) for money and wheels. Tammy and her grandma head out on a hilarious adventure to Niagara Falls. With appearances from Allison Janney, Sandra Oh, and Kathy Bates, this film is sure to kick off July with a lot of laughs.   “Earth to Echo,” July 2 In “Earth to Echo” three best friends are about to separated due to a construction project causing their families to move. A »

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Film Review: ‘Tammy’

1 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A well-meaning personal project that never rises above the level of amiable mediocrity, “Tammy” feels like the kind of picture that can happen only when a major talent — here, the unsinkable Melissa McCarthy, who wrote the script with her husband and director, Ben Falcone — has amassed enough clout to try something different. Not that it looks all that different, initially: Playing a disgruntled Midwesterner who impulsively goes on a road trip with her boozy floozy of a grandmother (Susan Sarandon), McCarthy delivers another one of her patented loser-girl comic showcases, all coarse displays of temper, aggression and flailing ineptitude. That the performance and the movie ultimately aspire to something richer — a compassionate look at midlife malaise and cross-generational female bonding — turns out to be more admirable in theory than enjoyable in the execution by the end of this middling misfire.

Still, the fact that the public hasn’t proven terribly »

- Justin Chang

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Melissa McCarthy hits the road (and the road hits back) in 7 new Tammy clips

1 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Melissa McCarthy (Identity ThiefThe Heat) takes the leap from supporting player to lead actress in Tammy, which heads to theatres tomorrow. Ben Falcone (Enough Said) directs his wife, the Bridesmaids fan favourite, McCarthy, as eponymous Tammy, who is fired from her job at the local fast food joint, “Toppy Jacks,” and breaks up with her cheating husband all in one day. In order to distance herself from all the sudden bad news, she and her not-so-sober grandmother (who owns the only car to which Tammy has access) escape on a road trip to Niagra Falls. Let the misadventure begin.

Tammy also stars Susan SarandonAllison JanneyToni ColletteSandra OhDan Aykroyd, and Kathy Bates.

Check out the clips below!


- Sasha James

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Review: Melissa McCarthy's dream project 'Tammy' is a disappointing misfire

1 July 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For many comedy performers, the ultimate sign of success is being able to create a comedy film that is tailored to their sensibilities, that shows off their strengths as a performer, and that they feel some sense of authorship over, and Melissa McCarthy has more than earned that right. It's not about "Bridesmaids" or "Identity Thief" or any individual performance she's given so far, and it's not about "Mike and Molly" or the fanbase she's built there. It's about a certain degree of inarguability that a performer reaches, and that's where McCarthy is right now. Along with her husband Ben Falcone, she wrote "Tammy," a road-trip movie that Falcone directed, and if this is the reward she gets for all the hard work that got her to this point, then I'm glad they both got to have the experience. I just wish they'd made a good movie in the process. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Susan Sarandon Talks Tammy, Joining the Film, Enduring Road Trip Movies, How Collaborative the Set Was, and Being Directed by Melissa McCarthy

30 June 2014 8:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Tammy, the feature directorial debut of Ben Falcone, follows Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy), a woman on the edge who has lost her job, her husband and her car, all in one day.  She wants out of her small town existence, but with no money or transportation, the only way to do that is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who leads them into a string of misadventures that neither of them will soon forget.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Susan Sarandon talked about getting a call from Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone to be in the film, what attracted her to this role, why road trip movies are so enduring, the type of woman grandma Pearl is, how collaborative this set was, and being directed »

- Christina Radish

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Kathy Bates Interview for .Tammy.

30 June 2014 5:46 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

I love, love, love Kathy Bates! The respected Oscar-winning actress is a delight and super down-to-earth in person! In the movie, she plays an Lgbt member with a committed relationship to Sandra Oh.s character. She.s the voice of reason in .Tammy. as the cousin of Pearl, wonderfully played by Susan Sarandon.

In this interview, we talked about her interest in making .Tammy,. working with Melissa McCarthy, Prop 8, her chemistry with Oh, and what would be on her playlist.


- Manny

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