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Tammy's Always Dying

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Great lead performance in dark, mature suicide dramedy.

Movie NR 2020 85 minutes
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age 18+


well the thing starts of with a graphic blowjob only kidding but there is way too much violence for your young teens also you see tammy naked in the bath and she uses way too much drugs of the drugs there is also loads of partying and fall on swear words

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This drama showcases an award-worthy performance from Huffman, who completely transforms to play the troubled Tammy. Tammy is a mess of a mother: She's a selfish drunk who can be cruel and cutting, yet she takes advantage of Catherine's love and pity to keep her daughter from leaving their small town. Tammy is familiar to us -- Huffman's mannerisms, voice, and behavior all feel real -- and yet she feels like someone who's never been portrayed on film before. The intricacies of the two main characters' toxic relationship wheel are fascinating.

Making her feature screenwriting debut, Joanne Sarazen proves that she's one to watch with this script, which focuses on the way poverty affects women (in this case, a mother and a daughter who only have each other). Where things go off the rails a bit is when Catherine fantasizes about profiting off her miserable life story as a guest on a Dr. Phil-type show. She meets up with an agent (Lauren Holly) who finds guests for talk shows and gets them paid to tell their tragic story -- a job that doesn't exist in the real world (talk shows have talent bookers, and any "coaching" comes from the show's producers). Catherine is so painfully real that this fake-feeling side plot undermines the authenticity of her story. And while there are definitely some twists and turns here, by the time the movie ends, you'll feel like Catherine: wishing you'd left a lot earlier.

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