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Review: 'Tammy' Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon And Mark Duplass

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 1, 2014 12:45 PM
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Tammy
The marketing campaign for "Tammy," the new Melissa McCarthy comedy, has always been somewhat baffling. Instead of a straight-up teaser, Warner Bros chose to release a snippet of a single scene, where McCarthy's titular character was robbing a greasy fast food restaurant. It was funny enough, but it didn't get you any closer to understanding what the movie was actually about. The fact that this elliptical teaser was the cornerstone of the entire promotional campaign did, however, tell you something: that if anyone understood what the actual movie consisted of, they'd probably stay away in droves. Because "Tammy" is a boring, unfunny road movie that limps along idly, consisting of a string of nonsensical set pieces and halfhearted stabs at character development that come across as off-putting and odd. As soon as our screening ended, a woman behind us sighed and said, "That was uncomfortable." We couldn't agree more.

Watch: 7 New Clips From ‘Tammy,’ Plus New Photos & Melissa McCarthy Unveils Details On New Projects

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 24, 2014 3:39 PM
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Tammy
If you hadn’t already noticed, “Bridesmaids” earned a lot of cache for lot of talent involved. Primarily star, co-writer/co-producer Kristen Wiig, but also break-out co-star Melissa McCarthy who earned the rare Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar nomination for her hilarious turn in the film. Wiig parlayed her success into personal projects and a directing gig that’s coming up with the movie’s co-writer Annie Mumolo. And McCarthy has done much the same, only involved her comedian partner and husband Ben Falcone (both of them are Groundlings alum).

Review: Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said' Starring James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 1:37 PM
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The one constant surprise about getting older is that the ongoing lesson you soon learn is that you'll never figure it all out. Whatever you seemed confident and sure about at twenty becomes more nuanced by thirty and by the time you're seeing forty on the horizon, what was important two decades ago may seem trivial now. In short, life doesn't keep you on a consistent learning curve, and continually changes the game and the rules, but lets all hope we have the heart and small wisdoms of Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" to carry us through.

New Clip & Photos From 'Enough Said' Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus & One Of James Gandolfini's Last Onscreen Performances

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 2:39 PM
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Enough Said
Writer/director Nicole Holofcener is one of those rare filmmakers working today who is actually interested in simple stories about real people instead of overly complicated mythological tales involving superheroes or giant fighting robots. In small, measured films like "Walking and Talking" and "Lovely & Amazing," she is able to mix humor and drama in a way that feels undeniably real. And even when her movies are somewhat minor successes (like 2010's "Please Give"), you're still hugely thankful that she is out there, making the films that she does. Her new film, "Enough Said," featuring one of the last performances by James Gandolfini, is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening nationally a few days later. Ahead of that premiere comes a new clip and some new photos.

Watch: Charming Trailer For Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said' Starring James Gandolfini & Julia Louis-Dreyfus

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 1:32 PM
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James Gandolfini & Julia Louis Dreyfuss in ENOUGH SAID
It may not be the buzziest film or the biggest awards contender headed to TIFF next month, but high up on our list of highly anticipated pictures is "Enough Said." Why? Seven words: Nicole Holofcener, James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. And the first trailer has arrived for the movie and indeed, it seems our excitement is warranted.

Melissa McCarthy Announces 3 New Projects And Is In Talks To Direct 'Tammy’ With Her Husband Comedian Ben Falcone

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 7, 2013 3:41 PM
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While the mild-mannered Jason Bateman and the zaftig Melissa McCarthy may not be the likeliest of Hollywood hotshots, they are about to release the highest-profile comedy of the year so far with “Identity Thief” this Friday, and the two have capitalized on the film’s buzz by announcing their respective exciting next ventures.

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