I watched Nebraska earlier this year, and I was bored as hell, despite being a huge Bruce Dern fan. I went to the theatre to see Tammy last night and, thanks to all the terrible reviews, was expecting it to be the worst movie ever put to screen. But it wasn’t. It was funny. It was a thousand times better than Nebraska.
So is it plain old insidious sexism that resulted in Tammy garnering such awful reviews? Maybe. After all, there are about a hundred shitty male comedies made every year that do not get anything below 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. There was an trailer before Tammy for the upcoming sequel to Horrible Bosses, the first of which I found to be utterly dreadful. None of The Hangover movies are anything special, and yet we will probably all be dead and they will still be making sequels and remakes and rip offs of it.
Or maybe Tammy is a movie that you can’t appreciate unless you’ve worked at a really shitty fast food restaurant. My only complaint was that Susan Sarandon is only really old enough to be playing her mother, but then, who wouldn’t want Susan Sarandon to play opposite them in their movie? Melissa McCarthy is funny, and she wrote this movie. There is no reason not to see it.