Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tammy Review - 2½ Stars

Melissa McCarthy hit career gold when she played the completely unfiltered cousin in “Bridesmaids.”  She’s great at this kind of character and people love her for it.  So here comes more of the same.  In “Tammy” she plays a fast food worker who loses her job, wrecks her car, and finds her husband at home with another woman.  So she goes down the street to her mother’s house and talks her grandmother into taking a road trip.  Susan Sarandon plays the grandmother and together the two ladies get into a lot of trouble involving sex and drinking and a bit of crime as well.  At one point, McCarthy holds up a burger joint using a pair of sunglasses, a paper bag and her finger.   The plot high point comes when the two women meet up with Kathy Bates, a successful retailer who throws an annual lesbian July 4th bash with her partner Sandra Oh.  Some jail time and a good boyfriend straighten Melissa out.  Don’t try this in real life, but watching McCarthy and Sarandon act out is funnier than it ought to be.  Critics will pound this effort because it’s so much like everything else Melissa McCarthy has done. At some point this act will get old, but that points hasn’t arrived yet.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Melissa McCarthy comedy.  Is it entertaining?  The jokes and funny lines sustain.  Is it worth the price of admission?  For fun not education.