Looks like bad days are all the rage these days when it comes to big screen comedies (then again, who doesn’t love laughing at the misfortunes of others?), and the new Melissa McCarthy-starring comedy Tammy looks to be taking that to the next level. The film may sound like some standard McCarthy fare – hijinks! misunderstandings! wackiness! – but it’s been a true labor of love for the funny lady, who wrote the screenplay alongside her husband Ben Falcone, who also directs the film (his first!) and pops up in a smaller role (as her “real creepy” boss).
The first official still from the film comes to us care of USA Today, who also share some plot details. The film “revolves around a small-town woman, Tammy (McCarthy), whose life falls apart after she is fired from her burger-joint job and then comes home to find her sleazy husband in bed with another woman. She wants to hit the road, but her car has broken down.” The only way that Tammy can get out of town (literally) is with the help of her grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon) – and, no, these two are not pals.
McCarthy tells the outlet, “She kind of loses every reason to be tethered to this town and she wants out… She doesn’t exactly know where to go. But she doesn’t want to be there. The only way out is with her grandmother, whom she’s not particularly fond of.”
What sets Tammy apart from other films of its ilk? McCarthy shares that it may be all in the tone, saying: “It’s definitely a comedy, but we like to walk the gray area between the comedy and drama; we like that mix.” It also seems as if the film will feature lots of boozing (check out what’s in Sarandon’s hand) and, if we’re not entirely off-base here, at least one occasion in which the two funny ladies are held up (we assume by the cops, but who knows with this film). Mirth!
The film’s cast also includes Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, and Toni Collette.
Tammy opens on July 2, 2014.
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