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Tammy [2014] [R] - 5.4.8

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A woman (Melissa McCarthy) who wants a new life, wrecks her old car and loses her job at the local indigestible burger chain. Worse yet, at home she finds her husband (Nat Faxon) fooling around with a neighbor. Without money or a car, she complains to her alcoholic grandmother (Susan Sarandon), who wants to see Niagara Falls and together they make a new kind of Thelma and Louise. Also with Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Cole and Kathy Bates. Directed by Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - An older man and an older woman kiss and hug in the back seat of a car in dim light: we see their clothed ankles and feet together and then see their hands hit the back glass, followed by the car bouncing up and down, suggesting sex that is unseen; a man and a woman standing outside, grimace and the couple in the car go to the woman's motel room overnight (sex is also implied).
 A woman walks through a hall toward a man she met recently and kisses him aggressively; he is surprised, she apologizes and he says, "I don't want your tongue in my mouth," she asks, "Where do you want it?" and he says that he is flattered but surprised by this aggression and we see them shaking hands when they encounter each other on other days. A man and a woman kiss briefly. A woman says that there are juicy looking men in a bar and a man sitting beside her blows down her shirt neckline (she giggles).
 In a diner an older woman thrusts a long stalk of celery in a sexual motion as she grins and her female friend becomes angry and leaves, shouting, "Hey, anyone want to screw my grandma?" A woman tries to pick up two men in a bar and is refused and another woman tells her that the men must be together (i.e. gay). A man says to a woman that she has pretty hair and a straightforward attitude that he likes; he says that he wants to see her again, but she says it is not a good idea; however, she later says that she might move to his hometown.
 Two women in a hot tub have bare shoulders and arms as an elderly man stands beside the hot tub, drops his robe, and is shown wearing a Speedo; we see his bare chest as one of the women tells him that he has two "maraschinos" (i.e. testicles, but we do not see them). Seen from the back, an older woman says that she has a present for America and flashes her breasts to a crowd. Some women at a party (we hear that it is a lesbian party and mostly females are in attendance) wear sleeveless dresses and tops with V-necks that show some cleavage; some women dance together, not touching, and one woman hugs another woman briefly.
 A woman arrives at home early from work to find her husband serving dinner to the female next-door neighbor; the woman becomes angry, calls them names and stalks off to her mother's house. A woman dances to a rap song and grabs her crotch.
 A woman says that she was fingered (sexual stimulation) by a famous man and another woman says that she had a sexual relationship with an Allman Brother singer for six months. A wife returns to her home for her clothing and tells her husband and the woman he is sleeping with, "That Guy Upstairs [i.e. God] doesn't like adultery" and leaves. A woman tells her grandmother that she cheated on her husband by letting the ice cream truck driver feel her boobs. A woman says that she tried to have sex with her granddaughter's father. A man says that grandma tried to have sex with all the local men, but the ice cream truck driver is the only one that cooperated. A man says that his father is starting to flash his breasts at crowds (please see the Substance Use category for more details). A woman says that "gay" was not always in fashion. A woman living in a retirement center says that she is dating an 84-year-old man and having a good time.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman with a paper bag over her head and another paper bag shaped over her right hand to suggest a large handgun, holds up a burger restaurant and forces employees to fill a bag with fast food burgers and fries; she jumps over a counter after first slipping, then points her bagged hand at a man and a woman behind the counter and they give her cash and pies before she gives them a blanket and locks them in a cooler.
 A grandmother berates a woman for holding up a burger restaurant (shown on TV) and goes with her the next day, back to the store wearing paper bag masks over their heads to return the stolen cash; a woman at the drive thru shouts that she will call the police and then cries while the first woman points her bagged hand at people behind the counter.
 A woman in a filthy fast food uniform drives a dirty car full of debris as it chugs exhaust and smoke from front and back; she slams on the brakes and hits her head on the front glass that cracks and shatters, when she hits a deer (it lies blinking at the camera) and the woman is shown with a line of blood from her nose to her ear; she lies beside the deer and is startled when the animal gets up, paws at her and runs away.
 After a party, an elderly woman is shown to be unmoving while lying on a chaise lounge in the morning; her skin is gray looking and another woman thinks that she is dead, running, shouting and crying for help to women inside the house and they all shout for help; the woman outside stands up and staggers and the camera cuts to the elderly woman strapped to a gurney and placed into an EMT Unit.
 At her parents' home, a woman finds that her grandmother has moved to a retirement center and becomes angry, shouting and cursing; she speeds to the center in her car, slams the door and an elderly man using a walker yells at her and she yells back, and then rushes inside; the woman pulls her grandmother out of an exercise class she is leading in a wheelchair and the two women argue, but finally agree that the retirement center is acceptable. A convenience store clerk throws a woman out for drinking and the woman and her grandmother struggle with an underage teen boy over a 12-pack of beer; the grandmother slugs the boy in the mouth, shaking her hand in pain (no injuries occur to either person), the first woman throws a can of beer that hits a police cruiser and an officer arrests the woman and her grandmother. A woman pushes another woman, who falls, then pushes her fingers into the woman's mouth and shakes her hand in pain (no injury is visible). A woman is fired after arguing with her manager and makes obscene gestures; she rubs her face on sandwiches, licks her hands and wipes them on a tray of burgers and tells the dining room patrons that the chicken sandwiches are all "[anatomical term deleted] and beak." A woman jumps off her kitchen counter and falls to her knees, but is unhurt. A woman is arrested and a caption reads that she served 28 days in a county prison. A drunk woman and another woman argue at a microphone at a party and several men and women carry the drunk woman away.
 A wife finds her husband serving dinner to another woman, becomes angry, calls them names, and goes to live with her parents; she argues loudly with her mother and her grandmother, and then drives away in a car with her grandmother. A woman's father picks the woman up from prison and asks if she wants him to kill her philandering husband, but she says no.
 A woman in a car with her grandmother, stops in a forest and gets the car stuck among trees; she floors the accelerator and the car shoots through brush into a campground clearing and almost hits two bicyclists (no one is hurt but the car is badly scraped). At a lake and campground, a woman crashes a Jet-ski into a dock, but is unhurt. A female driver in a car and a female passenger drink cans of beer and do donut turns in a field before the driver gets out and rides on the hood and then slides off (she is OK). A Jet-ski is given a Viking burial, torched into large flames, and sent out into a lake. Two women on a lonely road make a Molotov cocktail with a bottle of whisky and a long fuse and set fire to a car, causing it to explode into smoke and flames.
 When locked in a holding cage, a grandmother's ankles swell badly and turn red.

PROFANITY 8 - About 22 F-words and its derivatives, 5 obscene hand gestures (and 12 additional such gestures during end credits), 52 scatological terms, 22 anatomical terms, 16 mild obscenities, name-calling (whore, pervs, crud, stupid, dumb, jerk, imbecile, idiot, fat loser, fat, cheeseburger, drunk, Magoo, quitter, old lesbian, gay, crusty old man, Super Old Guy, pig), stereotypical references to men, women, fast food workers and managers, parents, grandmothers, older people, fat people, adult children, alcoholics, diabetics, gays, lesbians, Mexicans, people who have difficulty growing up, exclamations (shut-up), 5 religious profanities (GD), 44 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Oh My God, God Help Me, Oh God, My God, Thank You Jesus, Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman tells a teen boy a that he and a teen girl should "Do bath salts and eat her face off," a grandmother swallows white pills with whisky and a police officer later says that the pills are Oxycontin, a woman says that she bought Oxycontin from a young man on her block and another woman says the young man is a drug dealer, and we hear that a grandmother does not have her pills with her for blood pressure and diabetes. We hear several times that an older woman is an alcoholic and we see her become drunk on beer and whisky while in a moving car and in a bar as well as at a party and in a convenience store (she also mixes whisky and a Slushee and is told to leave the store as she speaks loudly, stumbles and calls people names), a woman struggles with an underage teen boy over a 12-pack of beer that she bought for him and a teen girl and slugs him in the mouth (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details) before he grabs two cans of beer and runs, a drunk woman and another woman argue at a microphone at a party and several men and women carry the drunk woman away, a female driver in a car and a female passenger drink cans of beer and do donut turns in a field before the driver gets out and rides on the hood and then slides off (she is OK), a woman and a man drink shots of Tequila at a bar, a man tells his father to stop drinking but the dad does not stop and begins to slur his words and laugh loudly, men and women drink from bottles of beer at a party, a man says jokingly that his father is drinking so much that he is flashing his breasts at people as a woman might do, two women in a hot tub drink mixed drinks, and a woman says that she attends AA meetings at her retirement center and feels good. A woman holds a stalk of asparagus like a cigarette before putting it on her plate.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Relationships, fidelity, families, aging, alcoholism, diabetes, employment, setting goals, making choices, facing problems.

MESSAGE - If you want a better life, you must work for it.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P8 - MPAAR

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