Friday, May 1, 2020

Tammy's Always Dying (2019)

Every 29th of the month, when the welfare runs out alcoholic Tammy heads to the local bridge and threatens to jump. Like clockwork her daughter comes to her rescue and takes her to the diner. When Tammy is diagnosed with stage four cancer in her liver, mother and daughter are forced to come together in the hope of preventing the inevitable.

Even with a trip to a Dr Phil or Jerry Springer the plot of TAMMY'S ALWAYS DYING isn't anything we've haven't seen before.This is a pretty much what you'd expect it to be right down to the weepy ending.

The reason that the film works, and the reason you want to see this is because of Felicity Huffman and  Anastasia Phillips who give towering performances as a mother and daughter in a dysfunctional relationship. Oscar nominee Huffman probably has never better as the boozy mother with severe problems. We feel her pain even if we want to smack her across the face. Anastasia Phillips is her equal and we completely understand why she is how she is. We want to grab her and give her a hug and tell her it's going to be okay despite knowing that probably won't. Their work is amazing and Oscar worthy, though I doubt Oscar will notice even though it should.

Honestly I shouldn't have liked this film as much as I do but the ladies carry the day and make this a must see.

TAMMY'S ALWAYS DYING hit VOD today and is recommended.

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