The Heat (2013)

From the director of Bridesmaids, comes the newest (yet similar) incarnation of Melissa McCarthy as Detective Shannon Mullins, a foul-mouthed and street “smart” cop from Boston. She’s teamed up with FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) to take down a drug lord in the heart of Boston! The two couldn’t be any more of polar opposites, but their differences will only serve to bring them closer as they aim to end the reign of said Drug Lord (whose name shall not be mentioned).

There you go. That’s pretty much the plot. It’s kind of a mix between the reluctant buddy cop duos from Rush Hour, The Other Guys, and it has a hint of Hot Fuzz in it too. It’s a movie we’ve all seen before, but that doesn’t stop it from having you laughing for the majority of the film’s duration. Bullock and McCarthy are hilarious together! Bullock plays the more reserved and by-the-books type (so she never swears or does things illegally), whereas McCarthy is a tough and reckless cop whose foul mouth and aggressive tactics will blend well with Bullocks’ knowledge. This female buddy-cop movie works really well! It’s nice to see Bullock let loose a little bit more, like she did in The Proposal! After her Oscar win with The Blind Side and her serious performance in Incredibly Loud & Extremely Close, she returns with a blind side of a performance that will have you falling in love with her personality all over again. As for McCarthy, she’s kind of already spoken for. When is she not funny when she’s being crude and highly inappropriate? That’s a rhetorical question, so don’t answer that.

I think that the best thing this movie has going for it is the dynamic of Bullock and McCarthy. They’re an unexpected duo that work unexpectedly well together. Let’s be honest, who would picture the woman who used a sink as a toilet and a religious woman who helped save a young man’s life (who would later go on to play for the Ravens) as a cop duo? Their banter is hilarious and quite odd (in a surprisingly funny way). I heard some new phrases that will most likely catch on after people see this film. If you’re looking for comedy, look no further! This film offers you comedy and a little bit of drama too! Let’s head over to Tiffany’s Top Ten Thoughts about The Heat! But first, here’s a picture for your enjoyment (and for your comparison)!

 

Shame on you… that poor sink…

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

Melissa McCarthy had me dying of laughter! That’s a plus in my books!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not being a nark when I say that they used the “F” word too much in this movie. It’s just that the word was used to try and make something funny that wasn’t really funny to begin with.

Sandra Bullock plays a great, reserved FBI Agent who comes out of her shell and learns to let loose!

This movie is similar to most buddy cop movies and is something we’ve all seen before.

Marlon Wayans is a non “Scary Movie” movie! I missed him in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, so I’m happy to see him in this small, but fun part!

The movie gets very predictable after a while and it takes away from some potential surprises.

The raunchiness and foul-mouthedness (making up my own words… what of it?) is over the top and serves its’ purpose!

Despite my loving the two female leads, I guess I wanted a bit more from the pretty great supporting cast.

The female version of the buddy cop trope works really well in this film. The two bounce off of one another really well.

Melissa McCarthy has become a type cast and I don’t really like it. She can play the dramatic role pretty well and I’d like to see more of that.

I liked that for a primarily female-focused movie, the soundtrack was all women. Well played, Paul Feig.

The movie kind of drags on a bit towards the end of the film. It could have been 15 minutes shorter.

The characters in this film have their pasts explored and I really liked that. We get to see a full character arc!

This film draws from aspects of other buddy cop movies and it got me focusing on connecting similarities as opposed to paying complete attention to what was happening on screen.

As I said earlier, there are going to be a ton of new expressions spawning from this movie and I am more than okay with that!

Some of the twists in this movie are very predictable or not really shocking when they occur. Kind of a let down.

The whole “good cop”, “bad cop” routine works almost better with these two women! One goes by the book and the other goes by… well, I’m not exactly sure what she goes by. But it works!

This film tries really hard to break away from traditional buddy cop movies, but falls short more than a few times,

For what it is, this is a hilarious movie that will keep you laughing and entertained all throughout!

As funny as this movie may be, it’s not a “great” movie and there are a few comedies that are out now that are funnier with better stories.

Overall:

This isn’t the best comedy movie this year. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t funny though. The movie is hilarious, it’s just not that great of a movie. It’s formulaic and falls victim to all the clichés it strives to avoid. You shouldn’t avoid this movie if you’re looking for laughter though. You’ll have tons of fun watching this movie and likely won’t over-analyze it like I did. It’s a funny movie, but there are funnier movies out there that offer comedy and a story (such as This Is The End or Much Ado About Nothing). If anything, go see this for the great duo that is McCarthy and Bullock and all the comedy that they have to offer!

The Heat Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-KKx0lcn2A

3 Stars!!!

3 / 5 stars     

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