No actress has taken over the comedy scene in the past few years quite like Melissa McCarthy. After years of doing mostly television work, the comedienne got her big break starring in Paul Feig's Bridesmaids in 2011. She followed up that success with two huge blockbusters with her name above the title, leading both Identity Thief and The Heat last year, and in 2014 she's ready to do it yet again. The first teaser trailer for McCathy's newest comedy effort, Tammy, has arrived online, and it gives us a very strange look at the new movie.
Based on a script co-written by McCarthy and her husband/producing partner Ben Falcone (who is also directing), the film begins as titular character (McCarthy) starts the worst day of her life. She crashes her car, loses her job at the local burger stand, and then returns home to discover that her husband has been having an affair with a neighbor. Needing an escape from all of her problems, she decides to leave all of her troubles behind, but can't do so without the help of her profane, hard-drinking grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon), who is her only option for a set of wheels. Together they hit the road on a mission to get to Niagara Falls, and along the way Tammy begins to both figure out how to sort out her life and improve her relationship with her grandmother. The impressive supporting cast includes Kathy Bates, Mark Duplass, Dan Akyroyd, Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Toni Collette, and Nat Faxon.
What's interesting about the film's official plot description is that it makes no mention of Tammy heading on any kind of crime spree. Is it possible that this clip has her holding up the very same burger joint that she was just fired from? Or perhaps it's because of this incident that she gets fired in the first place? The passenger seat in the car she gets out of at the beginning is empty, so it's possible that this scene takes place at the very start of the film before her road trip begins. Basically, we're going to need a theatrical trailer to figure this all out.
At the very least, we have a new poster. Would you hang this on your bedroom wall?
McCarthy already has some experience with road trip comedies, as Seth Gordon's Identity Thief had her crossing the country with Jason Bateman, but this promises to be a very different film. The question is, do you think it will be better? Compare the trailer above with the one below, tell us what you think in the comments section, and look for Tammy in theaters July 2nd.