DETROIT (WWJ) – “Tammy,” a new comedy from Melissa McCarthy, is now in theaters – just in time for the long holiday weekend.

In her latest project, McCarthy is a triple threat: she’s the co-writer, producer and the star of Tammy.

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After losing her car, then her job, and also her husband — all in one day — Tammy heads out on a road trip with her grandmother, Pearl, played by Susan Sarandon. Pearl certainly knows a good party when she sees one and there’s no stopping her once she gets started. Tammy and Pearl hit the highway, setting off for Niagara Falls. They frequently butt heads along the way — especially when it seems that Pearl knows no limits when it comes to having a good time. While they’re letting the good times roll, they’re also getting into plenty of trouble; and eventually, both uniformed and un-uniformed men come into the picture.

McCarthy took on a lot with this project — and for the first 30 minutes or so — it seems like she may have taken on a little too much. There are some creative and funny moments, but in the beginning, they’re few and far between. It even took awhile for the Academy Award-winning Sarandon to settle into her role and get more comfortable as Tammy’s grandmother. But, once the road trip really got going, the storyline improved and the laughs were more frequent.

If you’re a Melissa McCarthy fan, you may want to put Tammy on your list of movies to see. But, if you need to sneak out for popcorn, the time to do it is within the first 30 minutes.

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One side note: McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, co-wrote the script, stars as her boss and makes his feature film directorial debut with “Tammy.”

Be sure to tune in to WWJ Newsradio 950 every Friday at 2:40pm for my weekly look at the movies with Midday Anchor Jackie Paige.

See you at the movies!

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