Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney and Toni Collette.
Plot summary: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.
I saw a trailer for this a couple of months ago and while I did laugh at a few parts, it didn’t really sell itself as a must-see film. Still, I went to see it with an open mind, which turned out to be a wise move on my part. First can I say that I really like Melissa McCarthy. I think she is an immensely talented character actress who has been stealing scenes in films for over a decade now; from her bit-part in Charlie’s Angels to her Oscar nominated turn in Bridesmaids.
She’s also arguably one of the best female Saturday Night Live hosts ever. I particularly enjoyed this sketch where she plays an over-enthusiastic participant in a salad dressing taste test.
This is her first solo leading role in a film and predictably she brings her A-game. However, the film itself doesn’t really go anywhere. The film’s central plot regularly takes a back seat to a number of slapstick set-pieces and some characters are merely one-dimensional.
Still, if you go into it with an open mind and are a fan of McCarthy’s shtick, there’s quite a lot to enjoy. Susan Sarandon does a solid job as Tammy’s boozy grandmother and it’s nice to see that Mark Duplass is getting roles outside of micro-budget indie flicks. There are also amusing cameos from Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney (although she is way too young to be playing McCarthy’s mother in anything) and Ben Falcone, who is the film’s director/co-writer and McCarthy’s real life husband.
Overall, it’s not the perfect film but it’s still an entertaining way to kill an hour or two.