‘Tammy’ Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Declares Her Independence

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There are a handful of noteworthy comedies hitting theaters in the Summer 2014 Movie Season, and only one of them (22 Jump Street) is a sequel. The rest of the slate includes R-Rated, star-driven, original comedy offerings, headlined by such funny folk as Seth Rogen in this week’s Neighbors, Seth MacFarlane in the upcoming A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Melissa McCarthy in the Fourth of July weekend release, Tammy.

Tammy, for those unfamiliar, was co-written by McCarthy, who’s become a box office heavyweight following her scene-stealing performance in the 2011 film, Bridesmaids. McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone – a frequent side player in his wife’s movies – is McCarthy’s script collaborator on Tammy, which is also Falcone’s debut as a feature director.

The teaser for Tammy only highlights McCarthy’s knack for verbal and physical comedy alike, focusing on an early scene where Tammy robs what is either her old workplace or part of the same fast food store chain, Toppy Jacks. By comparison, a newly-released full-length trailer more properly dives into the film’s plot, while still serving up plenty of McCarthy shenanigans.

This particular (mis)adventure is set in motion when the blue-collar Tammy (McCarthy) gets fired from her fast-food restaurant job and learns that her husband (Falcone – how meta) has been unfaithful. That’s enough turmoil to spur Tammy towards undertaking a road trip, in the hope of gaining some control over her life – which is easier said then done, when she ends up having to bring her alcoholic grandma Pearl (Susan Sarandon) along for the ride.

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All in all, Tammy reads as being very much a prototypical road trip adventure, much like McCarthy’s last vehicle The Heat is a standard buddy-cop film; having female leads instead of men, however, helps to make the final movie results here seem more fresh than that. Still, the concern is that McCarthy might be on her way to becoming the next Will Ferrell, wherein her laughfests just start blending together. Hopefully, that won’t be the case – at least, not just yet, anyway.

The Tammy cast also includes Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Allison Janney (Masters of Sex), Dan Aykroyd (The Campaign), Toni Collette (Fright Night), Nat Faxon (The Way, Way Back), and Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed).


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

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  1. Gee. Melissa McCarthy playing the same annoying character she always plays

  2. Yeah, still not funny. To make it worse, the running away from the cops and claiming it was a bee gag was funnier when Jack Black did it in Orange County over a decade ago when he accidentally burned down the school Colin Hanks wanted to attend.

    I really want to like Melissa McCarthy but based on films like this, I just can’t.

  3. Mellisa can be funny but I think it’s awful that she always has to play the fat gross girl with no manners. Just because she’s bigger doesn’t mean she’s disgusting. But Hollywood always rights her as unmannered and bumbling. It’s the same for zach gallifinakis. Why can’t these two be romantic leads instead of fools

  4. Really Susan? Really?

  5. Dont blame hollywood, Melissa Mccarthy co wrote the screenplay. she plays who she wants to play

    • I’m glad you pointed that out. Still, these trailers don’t do anything to make me want to see it – Not while it’s in theaters. I also agree with those saying she doesn’t need to be stereotyped. I loved her character in “This Is 40″.

  6. Susan Sarandon looks like Bea Arthur in that photo

    Yes kids, I’m old enough to remember who Bea Arthur is. Just Google ‘Golden Girls’