I can't think of many feminine names that can fit a Melissa McCarthy character, but apparently whenever someone in the film industry does, they use that name for a movie. I don't have any proof of my theory. I just think Melissa is starting to become the new thing around here.
She plays a girl named Tammy who is apparently 25 or something young enough to have a grandma who is still functioning and can get around just like Tammy can. After being late for her job, she ends up being fired and she trashes the restaurant as she leaves. Her car breaks along the way after a collision and she gets home early to her boyfriend to find out there's someone else, like from The Other Woman. She's had days like this before, and every time she's decided to run away, she ends up giving up and coming right back to her mother's home. With guidance from her grandmother, that's not going to happen this time. Now we have a road trip movie.
A movie where I can't help but feel everything's all mixed up. Tammy apparently dislikes her grandmother for her occasional drinking problems. Does that really make her as bad a person as Tammy says? Something good though, is how in this episode of Melissa McCarthy, there's a love interest, after meeting a boy named Bobby and his grandfather Don at a bar. It's also sometimes funny, but for some reason, I felt this movie lacked any real pleasure or heart. McCarthy is at her best here, and she's good at what she does. But there is such a thing as being too good. During a robbery scene, instead of being entertaining, you really just want it to end.
After Identity Thief, I've been keeping tabs on McCarthy's movies, and they seem to get worse with each film. It wasn't completely boring, but I didn't get anything out of the whole film.