Movie Review: The Heat a Buddy Cop movie at its core

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The Heat teaserWhat happens when you take a bland over-confident heavily disliked by her peers FBI agent and pair her up (against her will) with a sloppy, trigger happy, brash feared by her peers detective? You get The Heat. The one thing both ladies have in common pretty much from beginning to end is that nobody likes them. Its for different reasons and while one is more because of fear they are both outsiders in their respective offices.

Sandra Bullock in her typical clean-cut happy cheery self plays Agent Ashburn. She’s arrogant to the nth degree because she caught a serial killer. She never misses a chance to make her colleagues look incompetent. Melissa McCarthy plays Detective Mullins everyone from her captain on down is so scared of her they don’t dare do anything to mess with her. When she arrests a small time dealer, after a hysterical car and foot chase with Buster Bluth in the back seat she arrives to find out that Ashburn is questioning her perp because of a much larger case. After a lot of fighting between the 2 of them and more questioning of sources and suspects, they finally realize they can work together to get the same goals accomplished.

The Heat

20th Century Fox

Also in the film is Michael Rappaport as Jason Mullins newly released from prison. Mullins is on the outs with her family because she’s the one who arrested her brother. The scenes with the whole family around the table are full of heavy Boston accents and played for stereotypical laughs. Jane Curtin has a small role as the Matriarch of the family. As the pair grow closer they have to compete with a set of DEA agents (Dan Bakkedahl and Taran Killam) who are working the same area. The drunken bar scene solidifies Ashburn and Mullins friendship.

The Heat Mccarthy and Bullock

20th Century Fox

The Heat is meant to be played for laughs all the way to the end. Sure there’s action but its still a comedy. They wanted to make a buddy cop movie with women and they somewhat succeeded here. Marlon Wayans is thrown into here as a junior Agent who Ashburn because of her earlier arrogance can’t read any signals he sends correctly. The biggest issue for me is the film spends so much time in the beginning trying to make it clear why everyone hates these 2 that it drags at least the first 45 minutes. Since it clocks in close to 2 hours that a long time in-between laughs. They definitely try to ramp up the pacing towards the 3rd act to keep you invested.

My Ratiing: Matinee
Director: Paul Feig
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 28th, 2013
Run time: 117 minutes
MPAA Rating: R

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