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Sandra Bullock’s new film is essentially the bubbly, overlong sequel that Ms Congeniality never got. She plays uptight special agent Ashburn who in a bid to win a promotion tries to collapse a notorious intricate drug network. Unfortunately for her, she is paired up with bawdy, blunt, foul-mouthed officer Mullins (played by Mellissa McCarthy) who is anything but personable. Can chalk and cheese establish a likeable affinity each other? Can McCarthy loosen Bullock’s neurotic strings? Can you spot the plot twists coming a mile off?
Both actresses have an amiable enough chemistry and deliver punch lines with effective panache. But their combined talents can’t disguise that this a nothing more than slight run through the clichés and conventions of a generic cop buddy film.
McCarthy has her moments with the coarseness from the script that is aiming to utilise her comedic talent that was seen in Bridesmaids. Bullock, in another one of her comedic roles, reboots her Miss Congeniality performance for the more uptight persona that she is playing and our over familiarity with the duplicate acting is smoothed over with her ease within her role. And the script writers have no restraint in exploring the deeper elements of their personality including McCarthy dubious family roots. But the plotting remains unimaginative and director Paul Feig (also director of Bridesmaids) makes the big mistake of twisting the plot multiple times over to hide its banality.
With more violence than a standard chick flick, coarse humour- ‘don’t play that race b****** card with me! Nine out of ten guys I f*** are black guys!’-and excellent performances, laughs are milked for all their worth- if at the cost of the movie’s plot. Easily one of the funniest films of the year….
The Heat is a 2013 American action comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig. The plot centers on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Boston Detective Shannon Mullins, who must take down a mobster. The film was released in the United States and Canada on June 28, 2013 to both critical and commercial success.