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Tammy (2014)

 -  Comedy  -  2 July 2014 (USA)
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After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

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Tammy, who was recently fired from a Topper Jack's fast food restaurant, returns home only to find her husband enjoying a romantic meal with the neighbor. She quickly packs her necessities, and travels down three houses to her parent's home. Upon denied use of her mom's car to drive to Niagara Falls, she quickly resorts to an "ailing" grandmother, who also lives in the home...Only instead of traveling alone, Grandma Pearl wants in on the road trip. After realizing Grandma Pearl has the funds, they hit the road. Pearl soon proves to be quite the alcoholic despite her diabetes, and Tammy quickly turns into the "baby-sitter." From finding love in a bar to robbing a Topper Jack's in order to bail Pearl out of jail,the quirky adventure will have you finding yourself riding along for the misadventures of Tammy. Written by Mayor_G

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She hit the road. The road hit back.

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Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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2 July 2014 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,577,049 (USA) (4 July 2014)

Gross:

$84,518,155 (USA) (10 October 2014)
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Shirley MacLaine was originally cast in the grandmother role, however scheduling conflicts with the fourth season of Downton Abbey (2010) required her to be replaced with Susan Sarandon. Before Sarandon was ultimately cast, Debbie Reynolds, who famously starred in Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in the role of Tammy, was also considered. Reynolds' rendition of the title song, "Tammy," spent 23 weeks on the Billboard Top 40 chart, beginning July 27, 1957, including five weeks at number-one, and was nominated for a Best Song Academy Award for 1957. See more »

Goofs

When Tammy goes back to rescue her grandmother from the nursing home, they are supposed to be in Illinois but all of the vehicles in the parking lot have Kentucky license plates. See more »

Quotes

Keith Morgan: Tammy, do you know how I got to where I am?
Tammy: Sucking dick and kissing ass?
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Crazy Credits

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Maybe she should have stayed home.
1 July 2014 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Melissa McCarthy has risen to the forefront of female cinema comics, and I want to believe she deserves her place. Is she a better comedienne than Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, or Jenny Slate? No. She has secured her place ever since Bridesmaids as a potty-mouthed plus size who throws her weight and mouth around the screen like a weapon threatening anyone who thinks she is not comical.

She's not always so, at least in Tammy, in which she plays an underachieving rebel losing her fast food job and taking to the road with her grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), to escape that job loss and the loss of her husband, Greg (Nat Faxon), to neighbor Missi (Toni Collette).

Thelma and Louise this Tammy is not: Besides the regularity of curse words (McCarthy is one of the writers) that substitute for wit, the insults to seniors and fast-food workers are gratuitous. Tammy's 38 days in jail are treated like a light diversion, not the result of a serious fast-food robbery. I must remember, however, not to apply standards of common sense to comedy.

So it seems the writers have a difficult time deciding what tone-- between the comedy about a rotund lady on the lam and the serious issue of alcoholism. It seems they wanted both hilarity and poignancy—mostly they have neither.

One need look only at much better writing in other contemporary buddy films like the Jump Streets, where Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have lines that bite and soothe and a chemistry that Sarandon and McCarthy strive for but don't always achieve. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid's chemistry and wit are superior, so too Sarandon and Davis in Thelma and Louise, and by the way, McCarthy and Bullock in Heat.

However, McCarthy suffers by comparison with heavyweights like Latifa, Kathy Bates, and maybe Roseanne Barr, who is a more direct comparison and at times better able to show range.

Susan Sarandon's portrayal of the alcoholic grandma is rarely humorous or poignant. Her flirting with a guy of a certain age is a good bit for her youthful old age, but the connection is forced under the umbrella of cute for an oldster.

Tammy is not a keeper in the buddy genre; perhaps McCarthy will engage Bullock again for a better brand of banter.


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