‘Tammy’ Teaser Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Becomes a Criminal

Published 8 months ago by , Updated March 8th, 2014 at 5:12 pm,

2013 was an uneven year for Melissa McCarthy comedy vehicles in terms of their quality, yet the actress’ starring efforts released in that time (Identity Thief and The Heat) both prospered at the box office. If nothing else, those films demonstrate that the comedian – previously known for playing the funny support in TV series Gimore Girls and Samantha Who before she became the co-lead on the hit comedy show Mike & Molly – tends to always shine, no matter what sub-par material she’s been saddled with.

That said, if the upcoming summer comedy Tammy fails to impress, then McCarthy will have to share more of the blame for any shortcomings. The comedy is headlined and was co-written by the actress and her husband/actor Ben Falcone (the latter is also making his feature directing debut here), so it will throughly be a film that was designed with the Bridesmaids scene-stealer’s brand of humor in mind.

Fortunately, Tammy looks funny so far, judging by the newly-released teaser trailer. The comedy set piece featured in the preview – McCarthy as the bedraggled Tammy decides to rob a fast food joint called Toppy Jacks – is pretty straightforward, though the footage doesn’t provide any context for her actions in the film. As it turns out, the plot of Tammy is set in motion when McCarthy’s character gets fired from said tacky fast-food chain and heads home early, only to inadvertently expose her husband’s dalliance with their neighbor. Thus, her ill-advised decision to become a criminal, armed with a brown paper bag on her head (*insert obligatory Shia LaBeouf joke here*).

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Apparently, her first law-breaking venture doesn’t prove all that profitable, as the funds for Tammy’s subsequent wild road trip end up being provided instead by her booze-loving grandmother (Susan Sarandon), who tags along for the ride. The list of supporting cast members in the film includes Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven), Allison Janney (The Way, Way Back), Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed), Dan Aykroyd (Behind the Candelabra) and Mr. McCarthy himself, Ben Falcone.

In addition to a talented cast and leading lady, Tammy boasts a road trip premise that – while it doesn’t necessarily read as a fresh twist or subversion of the genre – at least seems to have a human core (i.e. Tammy’s unhinged antics are fueled by feelings of pain and desperation) that is sometimes lacking and/or trivialized in slapstick-friendly road trip comedies. Chances are good that McCarthy will be as much a source of heart as she is laughter in Tammy, much like the late John Candy was in John Hughes’ Planes, Trains & Automobiles.

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Tammy opens in U.S. theaters on July 2nd, 2014.

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  1. Oh, hell yeah.

  2. Was that opening not the same as The Watch with the fat security worker.

  3. Ridiculous.

  4. This woman is not funny at all.

    • Agreed.

      I sat through that teaser just now after reading the article and a few of the comments saying it was funny but 1:40 after hitting the play button, I’m still waiting for something funny to happen.

      I guess Tammy will be this year’s Grown Ups 2 for the easily pleased crowd.

      • I still think this year’s ‘Grown Ups 2′ will be Sandler’s next movie, ‘Blended’.

  5. she is funny in small doses…

    • She doesn’t come in small in doses.

      • hahah…i was trying to be nice

        • And I can’t even type a small sentence without a mistake. :D

          But in all seriousness, she always comes across as a very likeable and smart person in interviews. She really should stop making movies like that. Not only does she do a disfavor to herself, but she also helps perpetuating the notion that fat people are just dumb and incompetent, which by my experience absolutely isn’t the case. Most of them just like food too much, that’s it.

          • ya it’s not even the weight issue with me, her style of comedy doesn’t lend itself to a full movie, she is funny as a character in 1 or 2 scenes thats about it….but i guess its good someone is giving her some shine, i just don’t think her character can hold any weight :D for a whole movie

            • And that’s my biggest problem with her.

              She apparently stole the show for people who watched and enjoyed shows and movies where she was a periphery character but for some reason, writers and studio execs have taken that and put her in lead roles and rather than allow her to shine in a bigger role, it actually hurts her because people like myself who weren’t particularly enamoured with her before have even more reason to not bother watching something because she’s billed higher up the cast list than she was however many years ago.

              That’s not her fault and I’m sure she’s a really nice person but it’s like the Tenacious D movie. It worked for fans of the band and HBO show like myself but it was mauled by everyone else and for very good reasons.

              I liken McCarthy’s popularity with some people to my attempt at bringing Bill Bailey to a Canadian friend back in 2007. I’ve been a fan of him and his comedy style since the 90s and wanted to share it with a friend from across the pond, finding only a short video of him and a few others poking a little fun at the Kraftwerk style of music and performance during a big finale.

              While I and the audience in the video found it hilarious, my Canadian friend just didn’t get the joke. In return, she found Meet The Spartans to be hilarious while I think it’s another abomination of an attempt at comedy that utterly failed.

              If someone thinks she’s funny then hey, more power to them but just like Adam Sandler, the Wayans brothers, Chuck Lorre creations and The Simpsons post-1998, I just don’t find it funny and it’s clearly not for me so I’ll find something else to watch instead.

  6. It shouldnt be funny but it just is.

    • More of the same, but it will make money. And then we will get some more of the same.

  7. I feel as if she plays the same character in every movie she comes out in.

    • Fat,clumsy, awkwardly polite and not funny.

    • Agreed, which is unfortunate that she is typecasting herself.

  8. You see, it’s funny because she is a mouthbreathing fatty who is also dumb. Hilarious? Isn’t it?

    Seriously, what the hell is this?! Is that crap really going to be a feature film?! Looks like an incredibly bad YouTube video to me…

  9. Wwhhaatt–did I just watch?! Oh forget it.
    I’ll be in my bunk.
    Or your bunk.
    Or anyone’s bunk.
    Or even under it.
    Blah.

  10. Don’t knock it boys…she’s your blind date for this weekend (& looks famous, like the unknown comic)!

  11. Crocs….that is all!

  12. My wife’s favorite t.v. show is ‘Gilmore Girls,’ that’s when I first saw Melissa McCarthy aka Sookie St. James and I loved her on it. I really like her raunchy humor and this movie I will be sure to watch with my wife.

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