The Movie: 7/10
Tammy is a woman whose life is pretty shitty. She makes bad decisions, does not make an effort to make it better, and ends up being kind of on the losing end. She’s not a saint, and she’s not a victim, she just, without a better word, sucks. Her marriage is falling apart, she just got fired, she’s got no money, no motivation, nothing but a crazy grandma and the will to run from her troubles. That’s enough.
Life is well suited for us telling stories about it, and particularly easy to examine for flaws, choices, and ways to improve. This is a story about life, a middle-aging woman spiraling into a very undone life of a boring marriage, crappy job, and nothing else. She needs to “shit or get off the pot” as my own Grandma would say. Now she has the chance. She heads out on a road trip with her grandma, a wild at heart woman with money in her pocket and reasons to run away of her own.
Grandma needs some lessons in reigning in her own impulses, while Tammy needs some lessons in, well, everything. At one point she makes a comment to which Grandma replies, “You do know who Mark Twain was, right?” and Tammy says, “Oh sure, a real good guy. A real good guy.”….Grandma knows the score. Tammy needs some life education and that’s what she gets. They get in trouble with the law, drink too much, go to jail, crash a water craft, meet some men, and in the end….well, you’ll have to see it for THAT. Ultimately we get to know Tammy as a person who understands compassion and empathy, along with a true desire to have a better life. She’s not greedy, she just wants to be happy.
I wasn’t looking forward to Tammy. I have no idea why, but that’s how it was. It began and I thought it was going to be that kind of wacky raucous flick with eye rolling “grown up” jokes that are too lame, and then I laughed. I laughed and laughed again and again. Our leading ladies cracked me up, many times. I loved the dialogue at times, and sometimes it was, well, lame. I enjoyed the interaction with Tammy and her Grandma, Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy. They made each other laugh and that makes them feel more natural as an odd couple trying to get somewhere. Some scenes are have the idiot factor, just no entertainment value really, but most of the time I was smiling or laughing, and even shed a couple of tears. Tammy is likable, but in that “ugh she’s so annoying but I love her” kind of way. Sarandon makes her character likable, then lovable, and hateable all at the same time which is an accomplishment in a mostly 2 dimensional movie.
There are jokes and dialog that falls into the “ugh” category, but I suppose I just don’t have much of a sense of humor sometimes. Fair enough. All in all Tammy is a fun, good- hearted, honest movie that I would watch again.
- Tammy’s Road Trip Checklist – McCarthy and her Husband discuss real life road trips.
- Fun O Rama – A bunch of longer alternative takes.
- Gag Reel – You know what to expect here, lots of silly antics on the set.
- Deleted Scenes – A very small selection of deleted scenes none of them worthy of the final cut.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
I have never said this about a cover, but here it is, I am undecided. It’s kind of boring, however, it does reflect something in the movie. It’s not a big thing in the movie, not to me anyway, so it seems over dramatic for the cover. It’s not a fun image and I would not have it as a poster. The menu is uneventful.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Warner have a crisp, clear and faithful transfer of Tammy’s theatrical presentation here on Blu-ray disc. Presented in 1080P using the AVC codec it’s hard to find fault here. There is a ton of detail in close up shots and colors really light up the screen. No Macroblocking, ringing or noise is evident throughout the entire film.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is impressive in an understated way. Dialog which makes up most of the movie anyway is clear and perfectly centered for a great listening experience. LFE and surround channels do come alive during the Jetski sequence and actually are impressive for a non action film such as this. Overall Tammy looks and sounds great.
Overall Score 7/10