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Rex Reed: Melissa McCarthy Gives ‘Tammy’ Her All, but It’s Nowhere Near Enough
New York Observer ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rex Reed

Posted on 07/04/2014 11:10:56 AM PDT by EveningStar

The good news is that Tammy is not a crappy remake of the 1957 Tammy movie with Debbie Reynolds that spawned three sequels and a TV comedy series. The bad news is that this one is much worse. It’s a desperate and brainless vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, which she wrote herself, with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed, with all the efficiency and verve of an abandoned Volkswagen on the Jersey Turnpike. There isn’t a single shred of evidence that either of them has one iota of talent in the world of filmmaking. Tammy is not just a celebration of everything vulgar and stupid in the dumbing down of American movies. It’s a rambling, pointless and labored attempt to cash in on Ms. McCarthy’s fan base without respect for any audience with a collective IQ of 10. And it’s about as funny as a liver transplant.

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: allisonjanney; benfalcone; cinema; comedy; danaykroyd; film; garycole; hollywood; kathybates; markduplass; melissamccarthy; moviereview; movies; obesity; rexreed; sandraoh; susansarandon; tammy; tonicollette

1 posted on 07/04/2014 11:10:56 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 07/04/2014 11:11:21 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Melissa McCarthy is very funny ,but can get very boring after about 30 seconds


3 posted on 07/04/2014 11:14:10 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: EveningStar

seeing the TV preview ads, all I could think is that Hollyweird asked themselves -”How bad of a movie can I make?”

My sense is they’ve done a good job in that regard. Sadly, they will try again.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 11:14:45 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: EveningStar

Now tell us what you really think, don’t hold back, Rex


5 posted on 07/04/2014 11:18:24 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: EveningStar

I am so there!

The LA Crimes raked her over the coals for repeating basically the same character in several movies.

Mixed reaction. I liked her in Bridesmaids and The Heat.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 11:20:10 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: EveningStar

Seems like McCarthy’s last three movies have the same character .

Crazy, fat woman doing stupid things.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 11:20:46 AM PDT by WildWeasel
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To: EveningStar

Rex Reed is still alive?


8 posted on 07/04/2014 11:23:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: EveningStar

I enjoyed Tammy but I was born in a much simpler time. I have been a Debbie fan since I was young. I even like the song.


9 posted on 07/04/2014 11:23:51 AM PDT by MamaB
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To: EveningStar

This was one of the best critical eviscerations I’ve ever read. Alexander Woollcott (google him) once reviewed a self published book titled, “And I Shall Make Music”. His review was “Not on my carpet, lady.”


10 posted on 07/04/2014 11:23:55 AM PDT by Postman (Obama's USA?; France shall lead the way...http://www.cbn.com/tv/3255110732001)
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To: EveningStar

Wow. If Zorro was a movie reviewer, he would have been Rex Reed. I’m surprised Reed is still even reviewing. He’s from the old school of professionalism, where one despises almost everything with equal flourish and destain. The way Mr. Blackwell used to be about women’s clothing.
I did find his description of Susan Sarrandon funny; “A drunken nymphomatic Grandma.”


11 posted on 07/04/2014 11:28:31 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: cripplecreek
Rex Reed is still alive?

My first thought too.

12 posted on 07/04/2014 11:32:57 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: GOPsterinMA

Is that you, Rex Reed ?


13 posted on 07/04/2014 11:35:36 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: cripplecreek

Ain’t nothin’ cattier than an old fag.


14 posted on 07/04/2014 11:36:35 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Menehune56

Meh, movie critics and political pundits are the same thing in my book.


15 posted on 07/04/2014 11:38:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Ain’t nothin’ cattier than an old fag.”

I guess that’ll teach me to wake up and eat breakfast late. I spit cereal all over the key board when I read your comment!


16 posted on 07/04/2014 11:47:32 AM PDT by happyathome
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To: happyathome

17 posted on 07/04/2014 11:50:26 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: EveningStar

I hope the movie bombs and disappears, only because they stole the name of a classic movie.


18 posted on 07/04/2014 12:39:26 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro.)
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To: morphing libertarian
Melissa McCarthy is an excellent supporting actress. She did very well in both Gilmore Girls and Samantha Who?. I just don't know about her being the lead in a feature film.
19 posted on 07/04/2014 12:43:11 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Hi! I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts! (TM) Ask about franchise opportunities in your area.)
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To: EveningStar

The fact that UNFUNNY Will Ferrell can still make movies proves this wrong.


20 posted on 07/04/2014 12:57:09 PM PDT by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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To: EveningStar

Modern surgery&medicine has come a long way when it comes to transplants.

Sadly, they can not yet transplant laughter and guffaws where they would do us all benefit.

They used to do it, but somewhere along the way, Hollyweird got diverted. Probably global warming.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 1:18:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: EveningStar

Just from seeing the commercials, I gotta go with Rex.


22 posted on 07/04/2014 1:19:49 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: EveningStar

They’re desperately trying to include FAT in the new normal.


23 posted on 07/04/2014 1:25:53 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: llevrok
Want to see a really good movie?

"Begin Again" has the not unfamiliar general them of people finding their way through music. It's surprisingly well done. There is no meanness as people work through their situations and flaws. It cuts across various ages and music styles, thus conveying the universality of music. The scenery and music are enjoyable.

No car chases, murder, monsters from outer space, bizarre special effects....just real good movie making.

24 posted on 07/04/2014 1:29:41 PM PDT by grania
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To: EveningStar
One of Reed's most accurate reviews:
Mulholland Drive

"The worst movie I’ve seen this year is Mulholland Drive , a load of moronic and incoherent garbage from David Lynch that started out as a rejected TV pilot and predictably ended up at the New York Film Festival, where pretentious poseurs sit with their eyes glued to any screen as long as the projector is still running. From this bizarro atrocity, they should get astigmatism."

"... loathsome, incomprehensible and dismayingly amateurish Mulholland Drive . . ."

Yep, that's catty. And accurate.

25 posted on 07/04/2014 1:47:26 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: cripplecreek

Why critics do you respect then? Music? Literature?


26 posted on 07/04/2014 2:13:27 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Dalberg-Acton

MD was awesome. Reed dislikes anything mildly experimental.


27 posted on 07/04/2014 2:14:59 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

I don’t respect critics.


28 posted on 07/04/2014 2:16:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

So historians and scholars too?


29 posted on 07/04/2014 2:45:32 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Hardly. Only a moron would compare them to critics.


30 posted on 07/04/2014 2:56:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Critics are scholars. Good ones anyway.


31 posted on 07/04/2014 3:17:12 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

If you say so. Not all of us have a need for someone to tell us what our opinions should be.


32 posted on 07/04/2014 3:18:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: llevrok

You think this is bad, in 30 years they’ll be doing a remake.


33 posted on 07/04/2014 3:18:41 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: cripplecreek

They don’t tell you what to think. Puffed up ignorance that is.


34 posted on 07/04/2014 3:25:06 PM PDT by Borges
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Rex Reed.? Geez I thought he stopped doing snit fits over movies back
when chia pets and salad shooters went out of style.
Who woke him up ?


35 posted on 07/04/2014 3:33:16 PM PDT by Pompah
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To: Borges

LOL OK sure.


36 posted on 07/04/2014 3:33:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Pompah

Respect the mighty film critic.

They’re scholars don’tcha know. LOL


37 posted on 07/04/2014 3:37:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

roger Ebert wasn’t a film a scholar? Or Andrew Sarris? They were just like Harold Bloom is a literary scholar/critic. What you’re really sating is that there should not be any specialized discussion. Just hobbyist banter.


38 posted on 07/04/2014 4:27:24 PM PDT by Borges
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To: EveningStar

Rexth Reed


39 posted on 07/04/2014 6:11:21 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: EveningStar

I haven’t seen the show and probably won’t. Nevertheless, isn’t Rex Reed about 268 years old?


40 posted on 07/04/2014 8:01:35 PM PDT by stevem
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To: stevem

Rex Reed is only slightly older than me.


41 posted on 07/04/2014 8:12:05 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar
Rex Reed is only slightly older than me.

How does it feel to be 267 years old?

42 posted on 07/04/2014 8:17:35 PM PDT by stevem
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To: EveningStar; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; sickoflibs; NFHale; GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued

This looks so bad, I’m surprised it got made.

I don’t imagine McCarthy’s fans will like it either, it clearly puts big fat slobs in a terrible light. The “fat pride” people should be up in arms.


43 posted on 07/05/2014 4:55:09 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: WildWeasel
Crazy, fat woman doing stupid things.

Michelle Obama will take over in Jan 2017...she's a natural for those roles.

44 posted on 07/05/2014 5:00:17 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; sickoflibs; NFHale; KC_Lion; Clintonfatigued

“One hour and 36 minutes of farting, belching, snoring...”: From Rex Reed’s review of the sow’s “Tammy”

I truly HATE that fugly life form. If it came out as a hardcore Republican, I’d become a RAT out of pure spite.

A drone needs to remove that feral hog from the gene pool.


45 posted on 07/06/2014 5:59:27 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I'm with Steve McQueen: I live my life for myself and answer to nobody.)
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