"Tammy" is a good movie only under the most liberal definition of good, but that it even exists is a positive development for everyone. This, after all, is a $20 million comedy with dramatic elements and no robots or superheroes, and here it is opening over the Fourth of July holiday. That's because of its star, Melissa McCarthy, the surest sure thing in Hollywood right now: Her last three films as a lead or co-lead have all grossed more than $134 million in North America. ("The Hangover Part III," in which McCarthy played a small, supporting role, topped $112 million.) McCarthy co-wrote "Tammy" with her husband Ben Falcone, who handled the directing part of the process on his own. McCarthy and Falcone will make better movies together in the future. They will probably make worse movies, too. And, someday, "Tammy" will sit right in the middle, an inoffensive first step that portends to better things. Ahead, the four most effective parts of "Tammy."
We've seen McCarthy sing onscreen before, and it's never not great. Falcone and McCarthy must know this as well, so they decided to include a sequence where Tammy sings along to "Your Love." Josie's on a vacation far away, which is too bad because this part of "Tammy" is really fun.