Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Thomas F. Wilson, Demian Bichir
Directed by: Paul Feig
Written By: Katie Dippold
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 57 min.
There have been many buddy cop movies, both good and bad, and they keep popping up because, well, it’s a winning formula. Take two contrasting personalities and conjure up a way to force them to work together. Frame their journey within an all too familiar crime plot leading to the bad guys ‘big deal’ that our heroes must stop, and let the hilarity ensue.
As long as your leads have chemistry this should be a good time at the theater. I’m happy to report that Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy do have that chemistry, so The Heat is mostly an enjoyable film. Bullock playing straight next to McCarthy’s brash craziness works out great, and occasionally, this film can be really very funny. The only thing that lets The Heat down is its strict adherence to the buddy cop formula. There is no attempt to add anything new so the plot is very predictable.
If you’ve enjoyed Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in their other movies you’ll be happy here.
This isn’t all that interesting visually. A regular DVD rental or streaming showing at home on your TV, laptop, tablet or phone will do.
When Melissa McCarthy starts loudly asking if everyone in the department can help her find her commanding officer’s balls. I nearly coughed up a lung I was laughing so hard!