Melissa McCarthy premieres ‘Tammy’ in LA: were the bangs a bad idea?


Here are some photos from last night’s LA premiere of Tammy, which is Melissa McCarthy’s new lead-role summer offering. Melissa’s husband Ben Falcone directed the film, Melissa and Ben co-wrote it, and it also stars a wonderful array of acting and comedic talents, like Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Nat Faxon, Mark Duplass, Sandra Oh and Gary Cole. Look at how many women have major parts, you know? I do think the movie looks funny and I’ll probably see it this weekend. I’m including photos of Melissa, Ben, Susan Sarandon and Susan’s pregnant daughter Eva Amurri (with her husband Kyle Martino).

Here’s the trailer:

I do think it looks funny. And it’s great that Melissa creates these opportunities for herself and that she’s actively writing parts for other women too. Entertainment Weekly has a nice article about the stupidity and sizeism Melissa faces from viewers, journalists and critics alike, and the article makes a good point –Melissa is winning at life no matter what her critics say. It’s a good piece – go here to read it.

PS… The bangs were a terrible idea.



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  1. Sarah B says:

    Really? I think they make her look younger.

    • Lori says:

      I like them………but I like bangs anyway. They suit some of us. With ginormous foreheads.

      • Rae says:

        I think Kaiser is often blinded by her irrational bang hate. But I do think Melissa’s bangs are just a tad too long. I don’t mind bangs (I have them), but I don’t like them in the eyes. Bangs are tricky business. You have to find that perfect length. Too long, they’re in the eyes. Too short, then you *are* in 90’s bang trauma territory.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Yes & that is why I got my bangs. Mine are in the vain of Audrey Hepburn.

    • qwerty says:

      Yes, they do. She looks about 5.

    • chaine says:

      I like them. she does look younger and fun.

  2. Faye says:

    They’re better than they were over the weekend – sleek is definitely better than frizzy when it comes to bangs – but I’m still not a big fan. So few people really suit bangs.

    I saw a preview for this movie when I saw the Veronica Mars movie in March (the last movie I’ve seen in theaters in, literally, about a year). I love Melissa and and am glad she’s doing well, but I so wish she could make a successful movie that didn’t involve her weight being the butt of jokes.

    • Kiddo says:

      Heavy-set guys did that schtick too (Chris Farley, Jackie Gleason and John Candy, for example). And also, I don’t mind the bangs. It’s all relative, they are no better or worse than they are on anyone else.

    • Candy Love says:

      I agree.

      Not just her weight being the butt of jokes but her plays “ugly” and crazy. I don’t want her to be typecast because is think she very funny and talented but this is the 4th movie she played in like this back to back.

      I feel like they took her character from “Bridesmaids” , her character from “Heat” and her character from “Identity Thief” rolled them all into “Tammy”.

      • Faye says:

        @CandyLove -Yes! What is with the “crazy?” I’ve never done any sort of research, but presumably heavier people are no crazier than thin ones. I’m thin and God knows I have my nutty, stay closeted in my office days.

        I hated “Bridesmaids” (I know, unpopular opinion), and the best parts for me were when Melissa was interacting with Kristin Wiig’s character *normally.* She seemed so vulnerable and yet strong of character, and it was great. I’d love to see her in a movie where she plays a more serious role and gets to show that side of herself.

      • mercy says:

        Watch The Nines. Melissa has a supporting role, but it’s a drama and she’s wonderful in it.

      • Anne tommy says:

        She is very pretty. And a film is always better for having the great Gary Cole in it – loved him years ago as Satan ( probably) in the TV series American Gothic

    • vilebody says:

      +1. I missed your comment and said pretty much the same below. “Fat Girl Humor” should not be its own genre.

  3. cubfan34 says:

    I’d go crazy with that hair in my eyes.

  4. Jackson says:

    Bangs are a terrible thing, on anyone, when they’re styled like a wet rat. Look at SS’s bangs and hair: loose, soft waves, not wet and plastered to her forehead. No clue why anyone tries to style hair the way MM’s is done here.

  5. InVain says:

    I really do love her… and respect her for not trying to take on some unattainable cookie-cutter image – but is it just me or does she look bigger here? And the bangs are awful.

    • shannon says:

      Yeah, I feel the same way. It looks like she’s gained at least 20 more lbs. She doesn’t have to be thin by any means, but for the sake of her health, she needs to lose some weight. Even very subtle changes could help her lose 50 pounds.

      • joy says:

        Agreed. But there are tons of people (mostly on Instagram it seems) who will BERATE you and say that you aren’t her doctor and you don’t know she’s unhealthy and blah blah. Fatness contributes to numerous health problems. It just does. That’s a fact. Having recently lost 60 lbs I can safely say I’ve added years to my life. Also I can walk up a hill without wanting to die and try on dresses without crying.

    • ella says:

      Yes… I’ve been surprised by several recent photos in which she looked substantially heavier. We all know that she’s never going to conform to Hollywood cookie-cutter standards – and she shouldn’t – but I don’t think we can call her healthy. And I feel the same way about heftier male celebs, too. Sure, she should love herself the way she is, but she should also love herself enough to take care of herself (that applies to celebs who damage their health trying to fit the cookie-cutter mold, too).

      ETA: She looks like a Chucky doll in that top photo.

  6. Jaderu says:

    The scene at the end of Bridesmaids that Melissa and Ben did with the bear sandwich…”Do you want a bite of my bear sandwich? It’s got meats and cheeses.” Friggen tears me up every time. LOL
    I don’t mind the bangs. Bangs don’t terrify me the way they do most people. I think she pulls it off.

  7. elo says:

    The bangs are meh, that dress is awful though, it looks like a trash bag. I hate how people are commenting on her weight and health though. Neither is our business nor gossip worthy. Thin doesn’t necessarily equal healthy.

  8. vilebody says:

    As much as I want to support her, I hate that she relies so much on “fat girl humor.” I had a friend who was stunning but was very insecure because she had issues with her weight. She often defaulted to that self-deprecating humor, which only made her insecurities worse. I’m even guilty of it myself–when I gain a few pounds, I immediately default to jokes about being besties with the cupcake cashier or whatever.

    TL;DR: It’s great that she’s out there as a larger woman, but her reliance on caricatures are unhealthy for women in the long run.

    • Darlene says:

      I agree. It’s like she’s making the same movie again and again about a large woman with few inhibitions. She’s playing the same “zany” role again and again. Can she actually act? Who knows. I remember her from Gilmore Girls, and I LOVED HER. She was a real person, someone I wanted as my friend, not just someone relying on gross-out humor based around her size. 🙁 It’s not good for her, it’s not good for women in general. I hope she’s making a ton of money and that in a few years, we’ll see her tell a story that’s important/meaningful to her that isn’t some caricature.

    • Kiddo says:

      I’ll be looking forward to this:
      St. Vincent (2014)

      It will likely be a departure from previous redundancy and it has Bill Murray, who I unabashedly adore.

  9. Mike says:

    My 13 year old son is a fan of hers and he wants me to take him to this movie. I find her funny in parts but I do not know if she will be able to break out of the stereo type that she is in. There is just not going to be a market for her doing drama or romance as a lead (in my opinion.)

  10. FingerBinger says:

    Susan Sarandon looks great. Melissa looks lovely. I like her bangs too. She’s working that whole outfit.

    • harleyb says:

      I was waiting for someone to comment on SS…..she looks gorgeous. Love her in anything (films)…she makes some bad clothing choices on occasion, but not here.

  11. Shelley says:

    Yes, those bangs were a hideous idea. I love Melissa, but UGH to those awful bangs.

  12. Kay says:

    I actually saw this movie over the weekend (they had a special prescreening on the military base!) and it was pretty good. It was a bit typical and had the fat jokes in the beginning but really after that it settled down and was a nice story. I wasn’t a big fan of bridesmaids cause it was just too much but this one was good! I do agree though, I miss her suki character from Gilmore girls!

  13. Cupcake says:

    Bang trauma! I’m sure she’s clean but somehow those bangs look greasy and dirty.

  14. Alex says:

    i love her but the bangs are SO WRONG

  15. Lohola says:

    I’m super proud of Melissa but I feel like she needs to have a sit down with Dawn French. There’s a big lady who’s been killing it forever without all the fat jokes.

  16. Jess says:

    I love Melissa and can’t wait to see this movie. And yes – good for her for creating opportunities for herself and other women (she, Mindy, Amy, Kristin, and Tina have all been so great about that, which is so awesome!). The bangs this time around almost work – almost. They’re better than what I’ve seen on most women but they still don’t quite work. But I love her dress!

  17. Alyce says:

    I hate the bangs & the dress. I wish I could be her stylist!

  18. Dany says:

    I love her and the bangs are ok.
    But that outfit makes her look bigger than she is! The first time i really hate what she´s wearing. Oh my that´s an ugly leather tent. What was her stylist thinking?

  19. Penelope says:

    The bangs are ok but the shoes don’t work imo.

  20. joan says:

    A sleek tailored dress like this is so flattering on her. I’ve wondered if some of her clothes make her look bigger than she is; this proves it.

    Or is she losing weight?

  21. Papabear says:

    Love the bangs! She looks pretty….Hate the dress…hated the movie even more. Why isn’t she doing smart stuff? Why always making fun of the fat girl? It’s a formula that I’m tired of. I used to love Suki in Gilmore Girls. We “big boned” folks are serious too, not just funny, eating and farting all the time.

  22. M.A.F. says:

    Speaking as someone who had bangs & whose bangs fit her face, I don’t like McCarthy’s bangs. They just don’t fit her face at all. But this is will not deter me from this movie. I need a laugh right now.

  23. Lucy2 says:

    So-so on the bangs, but I like her so much I hope this film does well for her.

  24. nicegirl says:

    I was totally ugly pregnant. Eva is gorgeous

  25. Camille (The Original) says:

    I like Melissa’s dress and the shoes go good with it. That movie looks terrible and not funny. I didn’t even smile at anything in the trailer. I hope she isn’t going to be the next Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston and just play the same character over and over again for all of eternity.

  26. db says:

    To make matters worse, Melissa’s bangs look dark red and the rest blondish