Melissa McCarthy can’t rescue down-in-the-dumps ‘Tammy’

July 2, 2014 4:05 AM

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Melissa McCarthy can’t rescue down-in-the-dumps ‘Tammy’

Halfway through “Tammy,” the new comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, I asked the colleague seated beside me to hit me over the head with a heavy object. The film is not terrible, just mediocre and unoriginal and makes 96 minutes feel like a lifetime.

Co-written by McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone and directed by first-timer Falcone, the film is sort of a Judd Apatow-esque mashup of “The Hangover” and “Thelma & Louise.” McCarthy plays an untidy mess named Tammy, who quits her job at a fast food restaurant, leaves her nerdy, philandering husband (...

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