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Tammy: Extended Version (2014/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/C+ Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: C

Tammy is the latest Melissa McCarthy film that you will enjoy based mostly on your toleration or opinion of Melissa McCarthy as a comedian. If you are a fan of road trip based comedies or feel good films about crazy people, then this may be your ticket to laughter. Tammy is a wild and crazy woman who is seemingly normal one minute and bats@#$ crazy the next to whom after hitting a deer with her car and wrecking it, goes to her job at a low paying fast food restaurant and dramatically quits. Soon after she comes home to see that her husband has been cheating on her with Toni Colette (both of whom we only see talking sweetly to each other and never engaged in physical contact), demands a divorce. Once in at home with her family, Tammy decides to take a one way trip out of the town to explore and see the world only to unwillingly take her sickly Grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon) along for the ride because she needs her car (and her huge wad of money.) Tammy has beer with Pearl, and the next morning they wake up near a park where Pearl convinces Tammy not to go back home. Pearl wants to go to Niagara Falls with Tammy since she hasn't gone as a child.

Along the way the two stop in a bar in Louisville, Kentucky, Tammy meets Earl (Gary Cole) and his son Bobby (Mark Duplass), and Earl hooks up with Pearl. Tammy and Bobby begin to make a love connection as Pearl and Earl drunkenly make out in the car. Bobby gives Tammy his number to call him so he can pick up Earl.

Back at the hotel, Tammy is forced to sleep outside. The next morning, Bobby picks up Earl and the two leave. Tammy, infuriated with Pearl, leaves Pearl, but returns after feeling guilty. Tammy and Pearl are arrested since Pearl has illegal prescription drugs. Tammy is released, but Pearl stays at the jail.

To bail Pearl out Tammy robs a Topper Jack's, where she converses with employees, Becky (Sarah Baker) and Larry (Rich Williams). Finally having obtained the money, she rushes to the prison to bail her out, but Bobby has already bailed Pearl out.

With the help of Pearl's wealthy lesbian cousin Lenore (Kathy Bates), who made her fortune off of a small chain of pet supply stores), they destroy the car to hide the evidence from the robbery. The two then stay at the home of Lenore and her wife, Susanne (Sandra Oh). At a 4th of July party thrown at the house, Pearl gets drunk and humiliates Tammy by making rude comments about her weight and appearance in front of all the guests. Then the film adds a few slightly serious turns as the plot tries to tie all this together.

While the production value is never bad and the acting is passable, the film leaves open some pretty big plot holes like how does Pearl not die after not taking her medication for so long? Why is Tammy's personality defects never officially addressed? All in all, the film isn't bad for a one time watch but ultimately doesn't stand out.

The 1080p high definition transfer is top notch and gives you an exceptional presentation of the film in anamorphic widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The sound is also high quality with a DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track that shakes the house and an optional French Dolby Digital 5.1 track as well. Subtitles are in English SDH, French, and Spanish. Total running time for the Extended Cut is 100 minutes and the Theatrical is 97 minutes. The DVD version of the film that is also included features a high standard for the format but doesn't reach the exceptional quality of Blu-ray, including a comedy, which is usually not a genre with spectacular camerawork.

Extras include:

Extended Cut of Tammy: The Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet combo pack release of Tammy features the film's original 97-minute theatrical version and its 101-minute extended cut.

Tammy's Road Trip Checklist: McCarthy and Falcone share road trip stories.

Deleted Scenes: A small collection of expendable deleted scenes.

Fun Extras: A somewhat longer series of alternate takes.

Gag Reel: The actors at least had fun on set.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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