Tammy | Chicago Reader


Melissa McCarthy stars as a midwestern loudmouth who, fired from her job at a burger joint and furious that her husband is having an affair, skips town with her wily, pill-popping grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Their sights are set on Niagara Falls, but a booze-filled run-in with the police strands them in Louisville. Like a classic road comedy, this tends to drift from scene to scene rather than adhere to a strict plot; the movie revolves mostly around McCarthy, hilarious in her best performance to date. She cowrote the script with her husband, Ben Falcone, providing her character with a nuance absent from her other starring roles; she shows a more dramatic side, and not every joke is predicated on her weight. Falcone directed; with Kathy Bates and Mark Duplass.



  • Ben Falcone


  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Kathy Bates
  • Allison Janney
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Mark Duplass
  • Gary Cole
  • Toni Collette
  • Nat Faxon
  • Sandra Oh
  • Ben Falcone
  • Sarah Baker
  • Rich Williams
  • Steve Little
  • Dakota Lee
  • Mark L. Young
  • Mia Frampton


  • Will Ferrell
  • Adam McKay
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Rob Cowan
  • Ben Falcone
  • Chris Henchy
  • Kevin Messick
  • Toby Emmerich
  • Richard Brener
  • Michael Disco

What others are saying

  • Tammy

    You can watch Melissa McCarthy play a bull in a china shop character at least one more time, and you should — By Tara Thorne
  • Tammy

    I’m happy to live in a world where Melissa McCarthy can be a movie star. Even if you assume that she’s working a single stock character—an irrationally confident force of nature whose size might be used for physical punch lines—it’s baby steps of progress that she can now headline a Hollywood comedy that in years past might only have gone to a male comedian. — By Scott Renshaw

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