A buddy-cop film with a difference, or just a not-so-subtlety disguised unofficial Miss Congeniality sequel from ‘Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig…? Either way, The Heat has got a decently sized funny bone even if it is a touch predictable.
A by-the-books FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) is re-assigned to a case in a different city (with a chance of promotion up for grabs), but in the middle of questioning her first suspect, the original arresting officer barges in to reclaim her collar. The ‘gruff’ no-nonsense foul-mouthed straight-talking local officer is played by Melissa McCarthy in all her brash glory, and the two have to find some kind of accord in order to solve the case at hand.
If you’re looking for a good time and a laugh then go see this. This film appeals to most adults (although it is apparently rated R for language and crude content) – I must be de-sensitized already because I hardly noticed it – must be all the foul things Hollywood has been putting out lately.
It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen Bullock in anything that made an impact (The Blind Side was released in 2009) so it was nice to see her back, and Melissa McCarthy can more than match, or even surpass, Bullock’s quirkiness. In fact it’s her performance as the abrasive but endearing Mullins that – as expected – forms the heart of this film. Bullock’s Ashburn steps up to the plate and plays off Mullins well, but it’s the latter that raises the bar to make it that much more memorable.
I must say it is refreshing to see someone who can actually make Sandra Bullock’s silliness seem somewhat normal, but during the course of the film, as the two character’s find some cohesion, the silliness turns to all out craziness that sort of fits the trend of recent Hollywood comedies – also with notable contributions by Michael Rapaport and Marlon Wayans (playing it straight for a change).
The Heat does take a while to get into gear though and is surprisingly long for a comedy (albeit an action comedy) finishing at just short of 2 hours – but at no time will your attention wane. That length is an indication of the filmmaker’s intentions in laying the foundation for a possible movie series with a sequel having already been announced – it certainly has been received well by audiences and is doing well in the box office.
As mentioned, this is simply a modern take on the buddy cop films of the early nineties/late eighties (think of it as a less hardcore oestrogen infused Lethal Weapon) and will provide ample entertainment for those looking to chill out for an evening of laughs. Aside from some of the language, it feels rather clean compared to some of the smutty humour employed by other films – which gets my nod of approval.
See it for what it is, and you’re bound have a great time.