Tammy (film)

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Tammy
Tammy poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ben Falcone
Produced by
Written by
  • Ben Falcone
  • Melissa McCarthy
Starring
Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Russ T. Alsobrook
Edited by Michael L Sale
Production
companies
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • July 2, 2014 (2014-07-02)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[2]
Box office $100.5 million[3]

Tammy is a 2014 American comedy film directed and co-written by Ben Falcone and produced, co-written by, and starring Melissa McCarthy as the title character. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy Bates. The film was released on July 2, 2014, by Warner Bros. Pictures.[4][5]

Plot[edit]

In Murphysboro, Illinois, Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy) strikes a deer on the way to her job at Topper Jack's (a fictional fast food restaurant), causing significant damage to her vehicle. Once she arrives at Topper Jack's, her supervisor, Keith Morgan (Ben Falcone), is forced to fire her for her frequent tardiness. Upon leaving, Tammy indignantly contaminates and steals food. After her car stalls on the way home on Illinois Route 13, she walks home to find her husband, Greg (Nat Faxon), eating a romantic meal with their neighbor, Missi (Toni Collette). Upset, Tammy leaves and walks two doors down to her parents' house.

She tells her mother, Deb (Allison Janney), about her plans to leave and takes her grandmother Pearl's (Susan Sarandon) car. Pearl requests to come along. Tammy initially refuses but ultimately agrees when Pearl proves that she has a large sum of cash. Tammy has beer with Pearl, and the next morning they wake up near a park where Pearl convinces Tammy not to go back home. Pearl wants to go to Niagara Falls with Tammy since she hadn't gone as a child. Along the way the two stop in a bar in Louisville, Kentucky, Tammy meets Earl Tillman (Gary Cole) and his son Bobby (Mark Duplass), and Earl hooks up with Pearl. Tammy and Bobby begin to make a love connection as Pearl and Earl drunkenly make out in the car. Bobby gives Tammy his number to call him so he can pick up Earl. Back at the hotel, Tammy is forced to sleep outside. The next morning, Bobby picks up Earl, and the two leave. Tammy, infuriated with Pearl, leaves her, but returns after feeling guilty. Tammy and Pearl are arrested after Pearl gets caught buying a case of beer for two teenagers (Mark L. Young and Mia Rose Frampton) as well as shoplifting a pint of whiskey for herself. Tammy is released, but Pearl stays at the jail for possessing illegal prescription drugs.

To bail out Pearl, Tammy robs a Topper Jack's, where she converses with employees Becky (Sarah Baker) and Larry (Rich Williams). Finally having obtained the money, she rushes to the prison to bail Pearl out, but Bobby has already bailed her out. With the help of Pearl's wealthy lesbian cousin Lenore (Kathy Bates) (who made her fortune off of a small chain of pet supply stores), they destroy the car to hide the evidence from the robbery. The two then stay at the home of Lenore and her wife, Susanne (Sandra Oh). At a 4th of July party thrown at the house, Pearl gets drunk and humiliates Tammy by making rude comments about her weight and appearance in front of all the guests. After Tammy runs off to the dock on the lake by the house, Lenore follows her to both comfort her and offer her some tough love, telling her that she always complains about her life, but never does anything to change it. She tells Tammy that if she wants to make things better for herself she needs to work hard to make it happen.

Later in the morning, Tammy brings coffee to Pearl, who is presumably asleep outside. After repeatedly trying to wake her, Pearl does not wake up and Tammy assumes she is dead. She, Lenore, and Susanne grieve Pearl's death, but Pearl suddenly awakens, much to everyone's shock. Pearl was actually unconscious due to the large amount of alcohol she drank the previous night. Tammy is relieved, and she tearfully demands Pearl to get help for her drinking problem. The ambulance arrives and takes Pearl to the hospital. The police arrive as well, and Tammy is arrested for her robbery of Topper Jack's.

Tammy is released from prison 38 days later, and her father, Don (Dan Aykroyd), picks her up. He offers to kill Greg for her, though she declines. Returning home, Tammy finds that Greg and Missi have packed Tammy's belongings. She and Greg agree to an amicable divorce. She walks down the street to her parents' place and finds out that Pearl is now living in Brookview Retirement Home. Tammy goes to Brookview to break her out, but Pearl is actually happy there. She has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the home, and she is dating one of the men there. However, they do still take a trip to Niagara Falls.

At Niagara Falls, Bobby surprises Tammy there and they kiss. Tammy tells him about her choice to move to Louisville to get a fresh start in life and get closer to him. The last scene shows Missi leaving Greg to be with Keith and Tammy befriends Becky and Larry.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On November 17, 2011, was reported that New Line Cinema acquired Melissa McCarthy’s script Tammy, about an overweight woman who is laid off from her job, discovers her husband is having an affair, and decides to go on a road trip with her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother.[6] Tate Taylor[7] and Beth McCarthy-Miller[8] were in talks to direct the project, but the deals were never done and Melissa McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone was chosen to direct the film.[9]

Casting[edit]

On October 18, 2012, it was announced that Shirley MacLaine has been offered the role of Tammy's diabetic grandmother, but the deal never came to fruition due to her scheduling conflicts with the TV series Downton Abbey.[10] On March 20, 2013, Susan Sarandon took the role of the grandmother. Sarandon wore prosthetic ankles to reflect the diabetic symptoms. Also, Kathy Bates joined the cast to play the grandmother’s lesbian cousin who saves the duo from some bad spots.[11][12] And Mark Duplass joined to play a man who Tammy meets on her trip and they develop a strange relationship.[13] On April 4, Allison Janney was cast to play Tammy's mother.[14] On April 5, Dan Aykroyd joined the cast of the film.[15]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began May 3, 2013 in Wilmington, North Carolina.[16] Other filming locations include the surrounding areas of Shallotte, North Carolina, Castle Hayne, North Carolina and Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina. Also brief footage was filmed in Louisville, Kentucky[17] and Niagara Falls, New York.[18]

Release[edit]

The first official full-length trailer of the film was released on May 6, 2014.[19] On June 3, three posters for the film were released.[20] On June 16, the UK trailer for the film was revealed.[21] The film was released in July 2014.[4][5]

Box office[edit]

Tammy grossed $84.5 million in North America and $16 million in other territories for a total gross of $100.5 million, against its $20 million budget.[3]

The film grossed $6.2 million on its opening day, and $21.6 million in its opening weekend, finishing second place at the box office (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction).

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Tammy received generally negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 23% based on 172 reviews with an average rating of 4.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Melissa McCarthy remains an engaging screen presence, but her efforts aren't enough to keep the jumbled Tammy on track."[22] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 39 out of 100 based on 36 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[23] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.[24]

Ian Buckwalter of NPR gave the film a mixed review saying "Tammy never quite manages to find that balance between the sweet and the smartass the way Bridesmaids did, nor does the mismatched buddy dynamic between McCarthy and Sarandon ever approach the success of The Heat. But eventually the film does manage to find its own awkward way, with enough effective and less desperate jokes to smooth things over after the rocky start. It's a shakier debut of McCarthy and Falcone's efforts behind the camera than one might have hoped for, but if Tammy can turn things around, surely they can too."[25] Eden Caceda of Filmink gave a negative review saying "McCarthy plays the same foul-mouthed and distasteful character she’s played in just about every movie since Bridesmaids."[26]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipient Result
Palm Springs International Film Festival Directors to Watch Ben Falcone Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Most in Need of a New Agent Melissa McCarthy Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie Actress Won
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actress Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Susan Sarandon Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Film - Wide Release Nominated
Dorian Awards Campy Flick of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

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  15. ^ "Dan Aykroyd to Take a Trip With ‘Tammy’ (EXCLUSIVE)". April 5, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
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  17. ^ Michael McKay (July 1, 2014). "McCarthy's Tammy set in Louisville, filmed elsewhere". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ Staff Report (June 26, 2013). "Stars to shine in the Falls". Niagara Gazette. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
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  26. ^ Caceda, Eden (August 14, 2014). "Tammy review". Filmink. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 

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