Extra Cinema: Tammy (15)

Undated Film Still Handout from Tammy. Pictured: Tammy (MELISSA MCCARTHY) and Pearl (SUSAN SARANDON). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Warner Brothers. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from Tammy. Pictured: Tammy (MELISSA MCCARTHY) and Pearl (SUSAN SARANDON). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Warner Brothers. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Nat Faxon, Toni Collette, Susan Sarandon

It’s been a giddy five years for actress Melissa McCarthy. Cast in the hit comedy

The same year, McCarthy won an Emmy for her work in the hit sitcom

Her hosting stints on

Now, the lovable star goes in front of the camera for her actor husband Ben Falcone, making his directorial debut in this brash road movie.

Tammy (McCarthy) works in a fast food burger joint and is a hazard to everyone around her. On the way to work, she hits a deer and wrecks her car, then to rub salt into her wounds, her boss fires her.

Arriving home early, Tammy discovers her husband Greg (Nat Faxon) in flagrante delicto with next-door neighbour Missi (Toni Collette).

With her world crumbling around her, Tammy decides she needs a change of scenery so she collects her profanity-spewing, hard-drinking grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon) and heads for Niagara Falls, which the old woman has always wanted to visit.

En route, Tammy discovers that she is mistress of her destiny after all.