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'Tammy' Movie Reviews Aren't Good, But Film Could Still Rake in Cash

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(L-R) Filmmaker Ben Falcone, actress Susan Sarandon and filmmaker Melissa McCarthy attend the 'Tammy' Los Angeles premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 30, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 05:35 PM

"Tammy," the new movie starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, has received overwhelmingly negative reviews, but audiences will get to see for themselves when the film opens Friday.

The movie, co-written by McCarthy and her husband and director Ben Falcone, features McCarthy playing Tammy Banks, a downtrodden Midwestern woman who loses her job, her husband, and her car before setting out on a road trip with her grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon.

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The film follows the title character and her grandmother on their bumbling journey. It shows the duo wrecking a jet ski, robbing a fast-food restaurant, flirting with a father/son duo in a honky-tonk bar and visiting a lesbian party.

“Inside of ‘Tammy’ is a wilder, crazier, better movie trying to come out,” Joe Neumaier wrote for the New York Daily News. “The fact that it stars the extremely funny Melissa McCarthy is both its saving grace and incredibly frustrating.”

McCarthy’s films have included “Bridesmaids,” for which she earned an Oscar nomination, “Identity Thief” and “The Heat.”

Richard Corliss wrote in Time that “Tammy” assembles a group of ridiculously overqualified actors, then gives them nothing to do. He said the film “has the effect of a shoddily manufactured firecracker that weakly goes off in your hands — leaving no permanent damage, just a bitter memory.”

Justin Change at Variety called the movie “a well-meaning personal project that never rises above the level of amiable mediocrity.”

But don't write the movie off just yet, says Forbes reviewer Scott Mendelson.

With a production budget of just $20 million and being “the only big movie of the summer aimed at women at least old enough to rent a car,” he said the film could still make a lot of money.

Mendelson called “Tammy” narratively sloppy, but said: “The film works if nothing else as an acting treat, and Susan Sarandon’s star turn is worth the price of admission all by itself.”

Twitter users looked forward to the film with mixed reactions.













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