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MELISSA McCARTHY & SUSAN SARANDON IN TAMMY

year: 2014 rating: **
A movie with the title of the main character usually means that person is kind of… you know… unique and, um... special... Well in a matter of speaking, the latter fits TAMMY since it’s a "labor of love" by star Melissa McCarthy, serving as a producer and co-writer along with her husband and the film's director, Ben Falcone.

We begin with Tammy hitting a deer, the first similarity to Chris Farley’s TOMMY BOY, and not the last… Also centering on a self-evasive, overweight slacker with a heart of gold, our husky heroine revels in her problems, including a wrecked car, lost job, cheating husband and alcoholic grandmother… Enter Susan Sarandon, the reason TAMMY is being compared to the iconic feminist cult flick, THELMA & LOUISE... But be warned: this is not  a road movie. After a quick highway montage, promising themselves an adventure full of cathartic mileage, Tammy and Sarandon's bluntly honest Pearl hit a snag after one night of drinking. At this point the movie repeats itself with saucy conversations about how Tammy needs a point in life, and Pearl needs less men, pills and alcohol...

As a loose cannon, Sarandon doesn't provide very much input or purpose. And for an actress with her talent, with the exception of a gray mop of a wig put on her head, she doesn't seem to be the age she's playing... Instead of trying to play an old lady who tries to be young and gets away with it, but still suffering just a bit, deep down, she's just... Susan Sarandon. And McCarthy has little to offer as well, having, along with her husband, written a story so self-absorbed, it hardly seems catered to an audience at all.

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