‘Tammy’ no masterpiece, but may leave you smiling

July 2, 2014 3:48 AM

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‘Tammy’ no masterpiece, but may leave you smiling

“Tammy” is something unusual: A congenially terrible comedy. It’s not an insult to the intelligence, like “Identity Thief,” the acrid 2013 Melissa McCarthy misfire. Nor does it showcase McCarthy at her crassly funny best, like “Bridesmaids” or last summer’s “The Heat.” It just plonks down the actress and a handful of stellar co-stars without much in the way of a script, storyline, or actual jokes. Yet you may still come out with a smile on your face. It’s very odd.

The difference, I think, is that “Tammy” is a female-centric slapstick comedy set squarely in the American underclass, and everyone here seems to appreciate the novelty. That definitely includes Susan Sarandon under a gray fright wig as Pearl, the whiskey-soaked grandmother of the title character. T...

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