'Tammy' review: A surprisingly poignant comedy

July 1, 2014 4:21 AM

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'Tammy' review: A surprisingly poignant comedy

Melissa McCarthy is at her best when she is vulnerable and sassy-sweet, not when she is nasty and cruel. That is what makes her new movie Tammy better than either Identity Thief or The Heat, although both those 2013 box office hits obviously have their fans.

In Tammy, McCarthy’s skills as a comedy screenwriter and as a comedic actress are better served. The movie has a surprising poignancy as well as capers, crude hilarity and plenty of nuttiness. It was also co-written and directed by McCarthy’s husband, actor Ben Falcone. He makes his directorial debu...

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