Melissa McCarthy Wastes Her Talent on ‘Tammy’
Melissa McCarthy is an incredibly gifted actress and comedian, and has demonstrated her abilities on camera in numerous movies lately. Unfortunately, Melissa McCarthy has wasted her talent on the new film, Tammy, and both viewers and critics alike agree that the movie is a flop.
The film is about an idiotic woman and her alcoholic grandmother who take a road trip to Niagara Falls. McCarthy plays the childish woman who has just learned that her husband has been unfaithful, and Susan Sarandon portrays her grandmother. Even with the A-list cast which includes Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh and Dan Aykroyd, the film falls flat.
In the movie’s trailer, McCarthy “robs” a fast-food restaurant with a paper bag over her head with holes cut out for her eyes and mouth and another paper bag covering her hand. She pretends to carry a gun in her covered hand, although it is obvious she is not concealing a weapon. McCarthy points her “gun” at the cashier and demands pies. In another scene, the actress starts to run away from the police after she realizes she is about to be apprehended and blames running on a bee.
McCarthy tries too hard to be funny throughout the film, and is reminiscent of a female Chris Farley without the humor. Melissa McCarthy wastes her talent on Tammy when she should be investing her skills on movies with better-written scripts and more defined characters that are not completely overbearing to watch.
The movie begins with Tammy getting let go at her job at a fast-food restaurant because she was late for work. When she returns home, her husband is cooking dinner for their attractive neighbor. She then decides to take a random road trip with Sarandon.
The two women encourage each other to participate in ridiculous situations including a lesbian Fourth of July Party, blowing things up, and riding a speedboat. McCarthy’s character is irresponsible, clueless, and annoying and does not provide the viewers with anything worth watching.
The film was co-written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who also directed the movie. Unfortunately, McCarthy should stick to what she does best which is acting and leave the rest up to the more reputable writers.
McCarthy made her big break into the film industry and proved her comedic proficiency with her portrayal of Megan in Bridesmades, as Mullins in The Heat, and as Diana in Identity Thief, so it is surprising that she would demote her abilities in Tammy. McCarthy also gained a lot of success for her role as Molly Flynn in the television series Mike & Molly.
The actress began her career in New York as a stand-up comedian performing at many famous clubs and appeared in numerous stage productions before moving to Los Angeles in the late 90s. McCarthy made her acting breakthrough as Sookie in Gilmore Girls, which lead to many other roles for the gifted thespian.
Melissa McCarthy has undeniable flair as an actress, but sadly wasted this talent on the film Tammy. Hopefully, McCarthy’s next movie will actually showcase her versatility behind the camera instead of diminishing her unique and creative acting chops.
Opinion by Amy Nelson