The Heat (2013)
Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is an uptight FBI special agent who doesn’t work well with others causing pretty much everyone to dislike her despite her ability to close cases. So to give her the opportunity to prove herself her boss sends her to Boston to close a particularly big case. When she arrives she is confronted by the rude, outspoken but intelligent local cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). The two are completely at odds with one another because of their polar opposite personalities. As they work the case however they discover their differences actual help one another and ultimately they realize they need each other to close the case. Also starring Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin, Spoken Reasons, Dan Bakkedahl, Tarran Killam, Michal McDonald, Thomas F. Wilson, Joey McIntyre, Michael Tucci, Bill Burr, Nathan Corddry, Jessica Chaffin, Jamie Denbo, Kaitlin Olson, Tony Hale.
From the director of Bridesmaids, Paul Feig, The Heat is an awkward and snarky comedy that plays on the strengths of its stars more than anything. There isn’t anything clean about this comedy it’s just a mess, like McCarthy’s character. That messiness is what gives it is some of its laughs for sure. The rest come from the raw chemistry and banter between Bullock and McCarthy. Bullock is great at stiff and uptight while McCarthy as we know can definitely hold her own as the loud mouthed “bull in china shop.” Despite our leading ladies filling their expected and predictable roles, the combination of the two is what takes it to another level and brings all the laughs. Laughs are key too because the story is nothing to get excited about. It lacks any originality what so ever. It has a few touching moments but nothing really moving or inspiring. Actually you start with a great sleuth like scene with Bullock that was promising but you don’t see that again much in the rest of the film and you kind of want to. While the lack of great story is definitely a disappointment it isn’t a mood killer because of the ridiculousness of the two lead characters. I have to say this movie won’t rank high on the resumes of either of the leading ladies but it provides you with plenty of laughs and good time. For a summer movie release what more can you ask for?
Side Note: I really wish Melissa McCarthy could to get out of this loud mouthed and rude type casting. She was amazing in Gilmore Girls and is fabulous in Mike & Molly where she doesn’t play this type cast so why she is that in movies baffles me. She has so much more to offer the world as an actress and the studios need to see that!
7/10 Stars – Tons of laughs and great leads but the movie as a whole wasn’t anything to shake a stick at!
How many out there have seen the movie Lethal Weapon??? You know the movie with Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs, the renegade cop who follows no rules except his own and is borderline crazy? The one with Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh, the responsible, dignified cop who gets paired with Riggs when he doesn’t want to be? Wellllllllllll The Heat is Lethal Weapon with women… 2 women who are playing their typecast roles no less. There really isn’t much to expect here except that the movie is pretty funny. The script isn’t anything new but isn’t a total bore since it has a little mystery to it. Overall it’s about the relationship between the 2 woman rather than catching the bad guy. I don’t know why Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy continue to play roles that they’ve done over and over. We want to see them play other characters and use ALL their talents! Just like Bridesmaids, this is a raunchy chick-flick that women will love more than men… but everyone will laugh at least.
7/10 Stars – All about the 2 women and the comedy…not the story.
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