Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 96 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 16+. The film is largely rated R for language; there is pervasive cursing and crude jokes throughout. Also some discussion of sex and implied sexual activity, as well as some explosions (a car, a jet ski) and discussion of alcoholism and drug abuse. Nevertheless, the film is never gory, grotesque, or explicit; it’s really the language that is most problematic.
Melissa McCarthy stars in ‘Tammy,’ a comedy she co-wrote with her husband, who also directs. But the film is more of the same for McCarthy, in a role that is simultaneously unchallenging and limiting.
By Roxana Hadadi
Is Melissa McCarthy making fun of herself, or inviting us to make fun of her? It’s a tough question, given her propensity for playing foolish, overconfident, borderline-insane women who generally make a mess of things. If you’ve seen her in “Identity Thief” or “The Heat,” nothing she does in “Tammy” will be surprising—or particularly enjoyable. The film is tonally disjointed, too often mean-spirited, and ultimately a wish-fulfillment fantasy in the worst kind of way. Why is McCarthy limiting herself to this?