A down on her luck woman bonds with her crazy grandma on a roadtrip that takes them on various escapades. Tammy is a crude woman who loses her job, her husband and decides to get away from it all. However, without cash and a ride, she ends up taking her grandma Pearl and her car on an impromptu roadtrip. She doesn't have a good relationship with her since she had a falling out with her when she was still a kid. She thinks Pearl abandoned her as a child and she never forgave her for it.
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As the trip progresses, Tammy gets to know her grandma more, she is a bit of an alcoholic and has a wild streak and ends up putting Tammy in the most awkward and crazy scenarios. One of which is getting drunk and driving circles on a lawn. Another is Pearl's sexual hookups with some guy she just met, her active libido embarrasses Tammy a lot. Pearl also gets Tammy in trouble with the law when she helps some teens buy alcohol and gets busted for drug possession. When they are arrested, Tammy holds up a fast food restaurant to pay for Pearl's bail. But this guy who's interested in Tammy, ends up paying for it instead. Tammy's robbery is plastered all over the news, the next day Tammy and her grandma drive up to the fast food store to return the money.
At a 4th of July party, Tammy and her grandma spar with words when old wounds are opened. Pearl insults Tammy and Tammy insults her back. The next day, Pearl appears dead but she is just heavily intoxicated. The law catches up to Tammy and she is sent to prison for the robbery. When she is released, she talks to her dad to know the details of Pearl's supposed flirtation with him. When that's cleared, Tammy decides to pay her grandma a visit, who's now living in a retirement home and apparently enjoying herself. They patch things up and decide to finally take that trip to Niagara Falls, a place that Pearl has always wanted to visit.
Best part of story, including ending:
Tammy is out of her element stuck with babysitting her funny, crazy grandma.
Best scene in story:
When Tammy holds up the restaurant in the most amateur and ungraceful way. Lots of slapstick comedy.
Opinion about the main character:
Tammy is not a likable person but her affection for her grandma still shines through despite the bitterness that's there.