was a movie named Tammy and the Bachelor in 1957. Starring Debbie
Reynolds, it was a charming romance and featured an eponymous no. 1 hit.
It was sung over the opening credits by the Ames Bros., and then later
in the movie by Reynolds, who got the hit. It was sweet and funny.
you see that this movie is co-produced by Will Ferrell, who seems bent
on destroying comedy as we know it, it will come as no surprise that
this Tammy has no relationship to Debbie’s Tammy.
Debbie’s Tammy was beautiful and sweet and innocent, Melissa McCarthy’s
Tammy is of meager intelligence, gross, and vulgar. Worse, director Ben
Falcone (McCarthy’s husband) can’t seem to decide if he’s making a
vulgar comedy or a film of maturation and relationships. The result is
don’t seem to be any high moral values that are emphasized; rather
anomie is glorified. Susan Sarandon plays an alcoholic, oversexed
grandmother who is so over-the-top she destroys credulity, not that the
movie had any anyway. She acts shamelessly and it’s played for laughs
(unsuccessfully). Undoubtedly due to Ferrell’s influence, the movie goes
out of its way to be crude.
last movie in which I saw McCarthy,
Identity Thief (2013),
surprised me because it was so funny. So I started this movie
programmed to laugh, which I did at the beginning. My companion at the
movie nailed it. She said, “It was good for the first six minutes and
then it started downhill.” And, like a rock, the downhill roll kept
gaining speed so that with 30 minutes left I was in agony, praying for a
mercifully quick termination. But thinking about it after the ordeal
finally ended, I think I was laughing at the beginning because I was
expecting to laugh, not because it was funny.
are many small roles, indeed little more than cameos, by stars such as
Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Dan Aykroyd, and Toni Collette,
but they add nothing to the movie, so puerile are the story, script, and
were some outtakes interspersed with the end credits. I stayed for the
first few but they were no better than the movie, so I didn’t stay for
the rest of the outtakes.