I try to stay away from Melissa McCarthy movies whenever possible because they’re all basically the same character: an overweight, foul-mouthed, obnoxious, middle aged white trash who drives people nuts on a road-trip. It doesn’t matter if she’s annoying the hell out of Jason Bateman in ‘Identity Thief’ or 'chumming it up' with Sandra Bullock in ‘The Heat,’ she just has to stay in character. She somehow managed to combine the grating qualities of Rosanne Barr with the well meaning irksomeness of John Candy in ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles,’ except even John Candy had some redeeming qualities about him. Melissa is just so maddeningly irritating.
So even though I passed on ‘Identity Thief’ and ‘The Heat,’ I decidedly to give ‘Tammy’ a look just to see what makes former Playmate of the Year and ‘The View’ co-host Jenny McCarthy’s rotund cousin so popular in theaters. My conclusion is this: people who watch her movies are stupid morons. Case in point, there was an annoying person (a teenager no doubt) sitting a couple of rows behind me who shouted ‘Penis!’ or ‘Vagina!’ at random times more than once during the movie, even though ‘Tammy’ is pretty tame in sexual content for an R-rated comedy. I guess Beavis (or Butt-head) must be disappointed.
‘Tammy’ is basically Ridley Scott's 'Thelma & Louise' redux as a buddy roadtrip comedy. While it elicits a few chuckles, the laugh-out-loud moments are notably absent. McCarthy’s Tammy is rude and obnoxious, which I expected, but also unfunny, which I did not. Susan Sarandon pretty much stole the movie as her alcoholic ‘Bad Granma’ Pearl, whose ill-behaved dispositions irritated an exasperated Tammy more than she annoyed granma. Say what???!!! Her fat chick schtick must be getting old.