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Holiday Movie: "Tammy"

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Tammy goes gangsta in her funniest scene 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 


One of the best developments of movie advertising this past decade is the use of single scenes as teasers. Remember when The Devil Wears Prada just used the opening sequence, fashion magazine peons freaking out about the arrival of Miranda Priestley. It was a perfect hook: Do you want to see more? Yes Ma’am!

TAMMY employed a similar tactic at first giving you a peek at the actual movie instead of a greatest hits montage. The first tease was a single scene of Melissa McCarthy clumsily robbing a fast-food restaurant in a dumb paper bag mask: too large to clear the counter, too blind to lock a storage room door, too sweet to be threatening. “You want some pies? You want pies?” It’s a very funny sequence promising a slapstick filled comedy about a bumbling amateur criminal. Melissa McCarthy is currently on top of Hollywood’s food chain after three consecutive smash hits (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief and The Heat) the first and last of which are top-notch comedies, continually funny, bracingly rude and totally rewatchable.

Unfortunately, the robbery proves to be Tammy’s single best bit and, oops, we’ve already seen the whole thing. MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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Melissa McCarthy is a Much Scarier Congressperson Than Rep. Michael Grimm: VIDEO

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If you thought Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) was menacing this week when he threatened NY1 reporter Michael Scotto after the State of the Union address, then you haven't met Rep. Sheila Kelly.

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SNL and Melissa McCarthy Kick Off the Super Bowl: VIDEO

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Saturday Night Live and Melissa McCarthy took on Super Bowl XLVIII last night after Bruno Mars's plane was diverted by the polar vortex. Taking Mars place for the halftime show were a group of players representing the best Broadway has to offer.

And later, SNL's intrepid reporter Kyle headed to Times Square to get the read on today's big game.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Melissa McCarthy Hosts, 'Coven' Crowns a New Supreme - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Melissa McCarthy returns to host SNL Saturday at 11:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC with musical guest Imagine Dragons. The funny lady has a good track record for helming a hilarious episode, plus it's Seth Meyers last episode before shipping off to take over Late Night.

More picks and clips, including Lifetime's latest cheesy movie you can't stop watching (we've all been there), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Melissa McCarthy is Divine: PHOTO

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Melissa McCarthy channels the late muse of John Waters in EW's new issue.

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