Overweight and chaotic Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) smashes her ride in an accident on the way to work. When she arrives too late and with a bloody nose at her employer's, a shabby burger restaurant, the manager calls her into his office to fire her right away. And because Tammy arrives back home earlier than usual, she catches her husband Greg (Nat Faxon) having a romantic meal with neighbor Missi (Toni Collette). This is definitely too much!
As an angry irrational act Tammy packs her bags and flees to her mother Deb (Allison Janney) to borrow her car, which Deb refused Tammy, because she knows her daughter will return after a few hours anyway. But then Grandma Pearl (Susan Sarandon) provides not only her wheels, but also quite an amount of cash to finally escape this dump, too. Out of necessity Tammy goes on a trip into the unknown with her alcoholic granny...
Many people have certain expectations of Melissa McCarthy due to larger roles in the series "Gilmore Girls" and the comedies "Bridesmaids" (gained her an Oscar nod), "Identity Thief", "Hangover 3" and "The Heat"—but these expectations are only partly fulfilled in "Tammy". She plays another of those outrageous and loud-mouthed roles in a wacky comedy, it seems.
The directorial debut of McCarthy's husband Falcone probably tries to be, but is not quite the usual dirty joke that Hollywood delivered in recent years. Whether it is on purpose or unintentional that the humor doesn't properly work, does not matter. But some viewers' expectation that "Tammy" is a surefire comedy mixing "The Heat" and "Thelma & Louise" will be the cause of some frustration.
Moviegoers should be aware what "Tammy" really delivers. Then one can spend quite tolerable 96 minutes.
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