Rated PG-13. AMC Boston Common, Kendall Square and suburb theaters.
When they were still alive, I didn’t want to spend time with Tammy Faye Bakker and her crime missionary husband Jim Bakker with raccoon eyes. Since their deaths, this has not changed. The fictionalized version of 2000’s documentary “Tammy Faye”, directed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and narrated and produced by RuPaul, is soon to be released.
The new film is directed and produced by Jessica Chastain. Jessica also plays the lead role. It opens with real shots, and then tells us about Jim and Tammy. Faye Barker was a televised sermon from Ken and Barbie in the eras of Pat Robertson and Jimmy Swagat. Tammy and Jim met in the Bible school. Jim (Andrew Garfield), a teacher, chatted with Tammy because Buck believed God wanted Christians to prosper. After Tammy’s ugly dance on the school playground, they were married. This made Tammy’s devout mother Rachel (Cherry Jones) very upset. Before she married, she was called “prostitute”. Because she could play the piano, she was permitted to attend her Pentecostal church, Minnesota.
Tammy had the idea of making and performing puppets for children in the audience. Jim landed on Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network. Jim, an ambitious man, had 700 club plans there. Later Robertson (Gabriel Olds), stole him from there. Tammy demanded that she sit at the Robertsons’ men’s tables, which angered Jerry Falwell. (Vincent Donofrio).
Tammy Bakker’s difference from Jim is that they are a team and Tammy Bakker’s ministry is just as important. Chastain is Tammy’s tough Betty Boop-like voice and clown-like make-up and hair. I felt like I was seeing a modified version of the “It” film, which Stephen King had adapted.
Tammy loves fur coats and jewels. The “promise” she received from “Prosperity Gospel TV” allowed her and her husband to build a lakeside home and live a luxurious life. Chastain portrays Tammy, six months pregnant. She eats on her bed, drinks Diet Coke, and is surrounded by her dolls. It is worth visiting. Later, Disco Tammy will be revealed.
Showalter blends reality and fiction in this montage. Tammy interviewed someone about the penis pump before the camera in front her studio audience. It is amazing that she has more compassion for AIDS patients than any man in her Christian world. She started to suspect her husband might be interested in homosexuality. He will later be caught by the return of an unknown unfortunate lover, Jessica Hahn. Bakker constantly asks their “prayer warriors”, to make good on their promises. Chastain’s Tammy is a gargoyle giggling at the peak of drug addiction. She interupted too many sentences with her unconscious giggles. She and most people around her couldn’t often say the word God, even though they The gods will not agree with most of the things they do.
Jim and Tammy were soon out of favor. They never did.
(“Tammy Faye’s Eyes”) contains sexually suggestive scenes, drug abuse and other disturbing content.