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MOVIE REVIEWS: TAMMY

July 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite complaints that Tammy relies on TV sitcom schtick for most of its plot, critics are pretty nice to Melissa McCarthy. Indeed, Manohla Dargis in the New York Times describes her as "a beautiful, funny, wildly popular female comic with terrific timing, movie star presence and oodles of charm. That she also happens to be fat may be historically notable although it is, finally, the most ordinary thing about her." As for the movie itself, it’s the "least funny" of McCarthy’s movies, she writes. Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times figures we’ve simply seen McCarthy playing this role too many times. "McCarthy is clearly talented, and there are certainly hints in virtually every role that she’s got the pathos and pain to match the comedy. But comedy is her calling card. … The problem is she just keeps playing the same card," Sharkey observes. Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News suggests that many people though that this would be McCarthy’s break-out movie. "This should have been McCarthy’s moment to grab the comedy-superstar reins. Instead, she feels reined in, stuck in a movie that feels half-baked," he comments. Perhaps the problem is that McCarthy has become a star," writes Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle. "That’s an odd problem, and a nice problem to have, but McCarthy functions better as a supporting player or as an antagonist, as someone relentless and unchanging that another character has to deal with." Claudia Puig in USA Today doesn’t find much to like about the movie at all. "Tammy’s story is thin, cringe-inducing and, worst of all for a comedy, not funny. Jokes land with a thud and the pacing is leaden," she remarks. And Peter Howell in the Toronto Star raises an interesting point when he asks, "McCarthy is 43, yet [Allison] Janney, 54, is playing her mother while [Susan] Sarandon, 67, is her grandmother. How does this make any sense outside of Hollywood?"