Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Eyes of Tammy Faye - 2 Stars - THEATERS - September 17, 2021

Many have forgotten the 1980's scandal of religious broadcasters Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, whose fundraising schemes and a hush money sex incident made tabloid fodder.  Tammy Faye Bakker caught national attention for her thick makeup and over the top performances on her husband's global religious network.  The Eyes of Tammy Faye gives Jessica Chastain a lot to chew on as Tammy Faye.  Andrew Garfield, as husband Jim Bakker, takes a back seat to Tammy Faye, just as he did in real life.  The story feels like a cartoon, overlooking the couple's victims, believers who donated their life savings to Bakker's shady ministry. Their story mixes sex, politics, religion and money, however, The Eyes of Tammy Faye only scratches the surface.