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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Movietime in Manhattan: Tammy is a Firework of Laughter Says Whom You Know Opens Nationwide in America on July 2, 2014 Our Coverage Sponsored by ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN

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Road trip!  And we know from personal experience that no one is more fun than one's grandmother (see the Whom You Know facebook page and Twitter page for an illustrated visual of this truth) !  If this Independence Day weekend for you is sending you on a vacation far away, come around and think this over: there's so many things to do on your escape, but Melissa McCarthy (Tammy) and Susan Sarandon (her grandmother) have got a show that's just a little bit bolder: You just want to go see Tammy tonight!  ( in tomorrow, when it opens.)
Bring your funny bone.
We have not laughed this hard since We're the Millers came out!  
We might have mentioned this before: Irish Girls Rule.  
Melissa McCarthy hits every mark in delivery and her acting is pristine, not to mention that she wrote the script along with her husband Ben Falcone, who directed Tammy in his directorial debut.  
After all, the best reason to go to the movies is to laugh your head off.  And we promise you will.  Mouth to mouth with a deer?  Check.  Lose a job?  Check.  Lose a husband?  Check.  Meltdown?  You'll love it.  And note, pattern and galaxy clearly differ.
If you've ever had ONE OF THOSE DAYS, the empathy you will feel jumping off the screen at you.  Tammy is even better to go to if you have the day from h-e-double-hockey-sticks. And, she's not the only person to want out of a small-town existence.
Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon as Pearl, Tammy's alcoholic grandmother, is nothing short of hilarious.  We won't ruin the whole story for you, but note that Grandmother's savings of $6,700 does not quite cover the cost of what happens on the trip, so Tammy is left to desperate measures.  There were road trip moments that reminded us of Thelma and Louise, but we liked Tammy a lot better.
One of the funniest scenes takes place in a franchise of Tammy's ex-employer...
Stay for the closing credits to see a blooper about this scene.
Academy Award Winner Kathy Bates is tremendous as the lesbian cousin who possesses a pronounced talent for destruction when necessary...these girls are on fire!  But that's not where the flames end.  We liked the Valhalla reference which of course reminded us of Vikings.
Important life lessons are emphasized, like correcting your mistakes and saying you're sorry if you are indeed in the wrong.
A final note: Muscle Shirts are for muscles.
And perhaps Pearl does teach Tammy a bit about how to and how not to "score."
It's not all giggles; there are some deeper moments and the character development and the solid script are truly laudable in Tammy from both writing and acting perspectives.
Tammy is fun.
Tammy is enlightened.
Tammy knows what's important.
It's important that you meet her...
Dad as Dan Ackroyd also is there to save the day for Tammy.
Bravo Melissa McCarthy!
Bravo Susan Sarandon!
Tammy is Recommended by Whom You Know!
Put some FUNNY into your Red, White and Blue this 4th of July with Warner Brothers Pictures.

Oscar® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) star in New Line Cinema’s comedy “Tammy,” marking Ben Falcone’s directorial debut.

After losing her job, husband and car in one day, Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy) wants out of her small town existence. With no money or transportation, her only way out is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). Their misadventures and brushes with the law lead them on a funny and heartfelt road trip to remember.

The film also stars Allison Janney (“The Help”), playing Tammy’s world-weary mom, Deb; Gary Cole (TV’s “VEEP”) as ladies’ man Earl; and Mark Duplass (HBO’s “Togetherness”) as his son, Bobby; with Dan Aykroyd (“The Campaign”) as Tammy’s dad, Don; and Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates (“Misery,” “Midnight in Paris”) as Pearl’s fun-loving cousin Lenore. Rounding out the cast are Sandra Oh (TV’’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Lenore’s partner, Susanne; Oscar® nominee Toni Collette (“The Sixth Sense”) as Tammy’s neighbor, Missi; and Nat Faxon (“Bad Teacher”) as Tammy’s husband, Greg.

The screenplay is by Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay produced the film with McCarthy. Rob Cowan, Falcone, Chris Henchy, Kevin Messick, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Michael Disco served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Russ Alsobrook (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”), production designer Jefferson Sage (“This is 40”), and editor Mike Sale (“Bridesmaids”). The music is by Michael Andrews (“Bad Teacher”).

New Line Cinema presents, a Gary Sanchez/On the Day production, “Tammy.” The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

This film has been rated R by the MPAA for language, including sexual references.

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