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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
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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

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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

Gross USA:

$84,525,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,375,432
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While filming the jet ski scene, they reportedly lost a $9K wig that Melissa McCarthy was wearing. See more »

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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

Tammy: What's Brookview?
Pearl: An old folks home; like a prison for old people.
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There is a blooper from the scene when Tammy gets fired a minute into the credits. See more »

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A good laugh here and there but not necessarily a good entertainment
8 July 2014 | by SeraphionSee all my reviews

After Tammy had a bad day combo of getting fired and caught her husband cheating, she goes to take a runaway trip. But since she lacks money and a car, she urges to borrow them from her grandma Pearl, who then insisted that she joins Tammy. The pair gets crazy on their trip, purchasing a broken jet ski in process, while from time to time Pearl reminisce about her past stories and tell them to Tammy. The catch of the trip for Tammy is that Pearl is secretly a heavy alcoholic, and lustful, despite her obvious danger from diabetes. One night at a bar the pair meet father and son Earl and Bobby. Pearl and Earl hooks right up, leaving Tammy alone outside for the night. The next morning Tammy gets infuriated and leaves Pearl while she gets drunk. When Tammy returns to her, they get arrested due to disturbing public peace. Pearl bails Tammy out.

That night, feeling guilty, Tammy resorts to robbing a branch of Topper Jack, a fast food brand where she was employed. It turns out that Pearl had contacted Earl to bail her out. So the next day Pearl and Tammy returns the robbed money. Pearl then contacts her friends Lenore and Susanne. Lenore then ditches the car Tammy and pearl uses to cover tracks of the robbery, but they bring the jet ski. Eventually they give a "Viking funeral" to the jet ski at a night party at Lenore's. The next day the police come due to the neighbors complaining about a burning jet ski. That's when they made it about Tammy. Afetr some time Tammy gets out of jail. When she gets home, her mother tells her that they put Pearl in a retirement home. Angered, Tammy rushes to the home trying to free Pearl. To Tammy's surprise Pearl is happy where she is. But they still go to Niagara Falls, the original destination of their trip.

The story is actually based on a quite uncommon premise of having a runaway trip after going through a low point in life. The movie doesn't really develop the entire story suitably. It feels like there are some things missing here and there. The pace is not well set, where, starting from the deer crash, we have the first twenty to thirty minutes in a rather fast pace. Yet it slows down, starting about the conversation in front of the eagle, and stays that way for a long duration. And after that, the pace doesn't really recover. It makes the mood of the movie feels rather awkward.

The jokes feels rather off because there are many great laughs from the dialog, but there is little to none of rather physical or practical joke. Well, compared to the last time I saw Melissa McCarthy in The Heat (2013), Tammy (2014) has way less of those crazy practical jokes. I bring this up because I do think there are many spots which are capable to be filled with some practical laughs here and there.

The acting is a so-so job in overall. McCarthy still did her loud, raunchy and wild character as she almost always do. Susan Sarandon provides some extra laughs, especially on the scenes of Pearl and Earl. Kathy Bates gives an adequate supporting cast acting as well as Gary Cole and Mark Duplass.

My final say that Tammy is only worth a 5 out of 10 score. Although it is a good laugh most of the time, and it can be a good entertainment, but it definitely can't be included in the family movie category due to the harsh language. Also the unstable pave building makes this movie loses it.


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