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Tammy (2014)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 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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Ben Falcone
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa McCarthy ... Tammy
Susan Sarandon ... Pearl
Kathy Bates ... Lenore
Allison Janney ... Deb
Dan Aykroyd ... Don
Mark Duplass ... Bobby
Gary Cole ... Earl
Nat Faxon ... Greg
Toni Collette ... Missi
Sandra Oh ... Susanne
Ben Falcone ... Keith Morgan
Sarah Baker ... Becky
Rich Williams ... Larry
Steve Little ... Jet Ski Rental Guy
Dakota Lee ... Kathleen
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She hit the road. The road hit back.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tammy See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,577,049, 6 July 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$84,525,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,375,432
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Melissa McCarthy and Susand Sarandon both starred in Mike&Molly for an episode. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning when Tammy is getting fired, pay close attention to Ben Falcone's tie clip. Sometimes it's crooked and sometimes it's not. See more »

Quotes

Tammy: That's not chicken. I don't know what it is, but it's not bird.
Keith Morgan: I can promise you that's 110% bird.
Tammy: Bird doesn't come out of a squeezy tube!
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Crazy Credits

There is a blooper from the scene when Tammy gets fired a minute into the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in TruInside: Groundlings (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Want Me To Stay
Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone (as Sly & The Family Stone)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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6 July 2014 | by jacob-m-ford97See all my reviews

Melissa McCarthy has been making a pretty steady stream of films almost identical to this one, but where "Bridesmaids", "The Heat," and even "Identity Thief" succeeded, "Tammy" fell very short. "Tammy" is a movie about a middle-aged woman whose obnoxious personality has finally caught up to her. In the first five minutes of the film she has totaled her car, gotten fired from her job, and discovered her husband is having an affair. Her solution to this is to hit the road with her alcoholic grandmother and what follows is a cringe-worthy look at what happens when fictional crass and drunk people do whatever they want. A great idea right?

Wrong. I've always liked road-trip movies. I've always like road-trips. They bring out people's true characters, and what they're actually like when they've been alone in a car for a couple of hours. Yes, this can be pretty unpleasant when we're in the midst of it, but when we're allowed to sit back and watch, humanity becomes admirable when we can see what people are actually like with no boundaries, because the result is often good. If my opinion is asked for, that should be the goal of most films: to take a look at who we are.

So yes, I was looking forward to watching "Tammy" solely because of the fact that it's a road-trip movie. Unfortunately, this is not a road-trip movie. There are maybe three scenes in the entire film that take place in a car, and I'm pretty sure the only time we actually saw anyone driving on a highway was at the very start as Tammy was driving to work. It can be pretty hard to make a cross-country trip if you only drive through neighborhood streets, unless I'm reading the map upside- down.

"Tammy" had an outstanding cast, and it was largely wasted. Starring is of course Melissa McCarthy, playing the exact same character she always plays. That character has been very funny in the past, specifically large-screen debuting in "Bridesmaids", but here it just felt rehearsed. For what McCarthy called her passion project, I felt like she almost didn't even want to be there. Susan Sarandon co-stars as the grandmother, whose character must have been a grandmother at age thirty by the looks of it. In the outstanding (on paper) supporting cast we find Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Mark Duplass, Nat Faxon, Sarah Baker, Toni Collette, and Dan Aykroyd. Bates and Baker specifically were very good, but were given way too little time on screen, and I was legitimately surprised Aykroyd and Colette even agreed to do this movie considering what they were given.

Director, supporting actor, co-writer, and husband to star Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, attempted something different with his directorial debut, and that's where "Tammy" hurt more than anywhere else. What was advertised was an R-rated comedy, where you sit down to laugh at stupid people doing stupid things, and Falcone embraced that. Where he faulted was also trying to make this movie heartfelt with a good message behind it. What resulted was a 96 minute film where I didn't care for the characters or laugh a single time. I applaud Falcone for experimenting, but he should have realized that it didn't work and take advantage of the reshoot that they took to make some much needed changes.

I was very put off by "Tammy". I'm not a very big fan of the R- rated comedy genre in the first place, but I still laugh as the filmmakers blatantly attempt to elicit that reaction. Unfortunately, "Tammy" was not funny, and that can be a problem when that's the only reason somebody will go see this movie. So as I walked out of the theater I finally laughed as some bloopers began to play and my friend aptly stated: "Let's go. No need to watch the mistakes of the mistake."

I give "Tammy" a 5.2/10.


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