The Eyes of Tammy Faye | Chicago Reader

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

A bewildering blend of self-promotion, ridicule, hagiography, camp, and character study (2000), put together with blotchy video dubs as if producer-directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato couldn't tell the difference between these contradictory approaches. Jim Bakker and Jerry Falwell remain relatively shadowy and mysterious figures in the story insofar as they're defined only in relation to the colorful title heroine—whose various adventures are introduced by puppets reciting chapter headings with mulish regularity—which ultimately means that this made-for-cable opus, halfway between documentary and docudrama, is willing to try anything and everything except for a consistent relationship to its material. RuPaul Charles intones the narration, and we learn a lot about eye makeup. 79 min.

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