Tammy Blu-ray Review
Melissa McCarthy is one of the most likeable actors of the current generation and if you told me her first solo-starring role was going to feature Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney and Mark Duplass I would have said home run all the way. Not to mention the fact that it’s directed by her husband, writer/director/actor Ben Falcone (who I think is a brilliant character actor). But TAMMY, the movie featuring all of these actors that was just released on Blu-ray is anything but a home run… a terrible vehicle for McCarthy that lacks the heart and authenticity upon which her career to this point has been based.
TAMMY tells the story of McCarthy’s hapless and unlikeable heroine who, after hitting a deer and wrecking her car, loses her job and her husband in the same day. To get away from all of the terrible things happening in her life Tammy and her grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon) go on a road trip to find themselves. Pearl, a diabetic, is also an alcoholic and soon Tammy is spending the majority of her time babysitting Pearl instead of enjoying her time. Things just get worse when Pearl meets Earl (played by the underrated Gary Cole) and the two can’t keep their hands off each other.
The only positive is Earl’s son, Bobby (Mark Duplass), who seems to be a genuinely nice guy and unfathomably takes a liking to our unlikeable heroine. Kathy Bates and Sandra Oh have notable smaller roles as a lesbian couple who are friends of Pearl and their scenes are interesting though not that funny. I suppose I should have known it was going to be like this; the trailer featured McCarthy dancing in slow-motion to “Gangsta’s Paradise” as she prepares to hold up a fast food restaurant, mugging far too much for the camera and sending off the vibes that ended my interest, right there.
Melissa McCarthy earned her stripes with a string of standout roles that spit in the face of the traditional ‘heroine’, which fits given that McCarthy is unapologetically NOT the typical Hollywood actress. TAMMY is an attempt to further that image but it’s so misguided, so labored, so poorly paced, and frankly so underwhelming and mediocre as to be insulting to the body of work McCarthy has put together to this point. TAMMY is even more disappointing because it starts with the films only coherent and even slightly funny scenes. The comedic chemistry between McCarthy and her husband Falcone, who as Tammy’s boss fires her in the films best scene, is just awesome and sets up a character and movie that should have been better.
All in all, TAMMY is just an awful way to spend an evening. McCarthy usually slips into these characters with an ease and effortlessness that makes her a joy to watch. Here she does all the same things so it’s hard to tell – is she just trying too hard this time? Or maybe we’re all just in on the joke now and it just isn’t as funny? The reality is, it doesn’t matter the reason. Tammy (the character) just isn’t likeable, and neither is TAMMY.
Video: (1080p Widescreen 1.85:1) The video transfer of TAMMY is respectable though there isn’t much to see. This isn’t the type of movie to show off your system.
Audio: (English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) The audio for TAMMY is immersive and very nicely done.
Extended Cut of TAMMY (1:40:35) The TAMMY Blu-ray features both the theatrical edit of the film and the extended cut. If you thought watching the movie once wasn’t enough (does anyone out there buy that?) then you can watch the whole thing again, this time with four (4) extra minutes of insufferable mess. I wouldn’t suggest it.
Tammy’s Road Trip Checklist (04:28) McCarthy and Falcone shares stories from their work on TAMMY and their own road trip experiences. I like watching them together far more than the majority of the film.
Gag Reel (03:22) It appears the actors in TAMMY had a lot more fun than I did. Enjoyable if you like gag reels.
Deleted Scenes (04:49) A smattering of scenes cut from TAMMY, none of them are really worth the time.
Fun Extras (05:53) More alternative takes from TAMMY showcasing scenes that were given for extra improve.
The Blu-ray for TAMMY also comes with an UltraViolet Digital Copy and a DVD copy of TAMMY.