Melissa McCarthy has developed a clear and successful comic type since breaking through as a supporting player in 2011’s Bridesmaids. In her movies and in her guest appearances on Saturday Night Live, McCarthy frequently plays socially awkward, mildly unhinged vulgarians, who try to shrug off their strange behavior by pretending—poorly—that they’re actually totally normal. Thus far, the shtick hasn’t gotten old; McCarthy has been reliably funny. And this summer’s Tammy looks like it could be her defining film, since she co-wrote it with her husband Ben Falcone (who also directs), and since McCarthy appears to play a somewhat more complicated character, mixing her usual comic moves with a little pathos. Her Tammy is a former fast-food employee with nothing to lose, who goes on a rampage across America with her drunken grandmother Pearl (played by Susan Sarandon). ABC’s Good Morning America debuted the first full trailer today:
The trail of the tape
Director: Ben Falcone
Screenwriters: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney
Release date: July 2, 2014
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “We’re gonna need more pies!”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Initially, the Tammy trailer looks like a tired retread of earlier McCarthy movies and roles, turning her character into a big joke: the heavyset blue-collar gal who dances to soft gangsta rap and commits a clumsy armed robbery. But the trailer livens up considerably when Tammy and Pearl hit the road. Maybe it’s just because the movie is coming out on Independence Day weekend, but there’s an element of “Tammy learns what America is all about” to this trailer that could be fruitful, and might give Tammy more depth than some of the other broad comedies that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions have backed.
And if not… well, it’s never not funny watching Melissa McCarthy pretend to run from a bee.