Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner -- or a friend for that matter.
Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner -- or a friend for that matter. less
“Despite a predictable script, The Heat is crass and hilarious due to Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock's chemistry. One time watch.”
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Paul Feig who made the entertaining but way overrated ‘Bridesmaids’ returns with a movie that could easily pass off as a sequel to Sandra Bullock’s ‘Miss Congeniality’ franchise crossed over with Melissa McCarthy’s character from ‘Bridesmaids’ or ‘Identity Thief’. Though the comic pairing of the two leads might seem tantalising to some who have enjoyed their past comic endeavours, it actually just amounts to a rehash of their past personas, resulting in a tepid comedy with little hints of action or an original plot.
An uptight FBI agent (Bullock) teams up with a street smart, tough as nails police officer (McCarthy) to bring down a drug kingpin. They can’t stand each other but need to work with each other on this case. Along the way the tough exteriors will melt away and they will bond and...you know the drill, go rent a 80s buddy cop movie, if you don’t.
It’s not a complete disaster but most of the jokes here have been done to death before and McCarthy’s tough girl shtick is getting old real fast, just like Zach Galifianakis’ man-child routine got stale pretty quickly after The Hangover. The chemistry between the two leads is palpable at times and does guarantee a good chuckle or two but on the whole there’s startling lack of originality or something fresh. If getting drunk and baring your soul hasn’t been done to death then this movie only burdens the next movie down the road to not follow in its footsteps.
The heat could have been more and with the talented cast and crew involved a real opportunity has been missed. If you don’t ask much of your comedies and have been hurting for a 80s style buddy-cop action comedy then by all means please spend your money on this mediocre piece of cinema.