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Movie Review: ‘The Heat’

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Just a few weeks ago, some people witnessed the attempt by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to recapture their Wedding Crashers lightning in a bottle. Now director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is out to do the same thing with the The Heat. Ironically, both films are brought to us by 20th Century Fox, but only one film is audiences bound to seek out. While Feig may not have the comedic heavyweight writing of Kristen Wiig behind the screenplay, stars Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock make sure The Heat never fizzles.

TheHeat1In The Heat, we meet FBI agent Ashburn (Bullock) who lives a lonely life where her best friend is a cat she doesn’t even own. When it’s announced her boss Hale (Demian Bichir) has been promoted, she wants to take his place. Now Hale is sending her to Boston to track down a drug ring where she meets the tough-as-nails loudmouthed Boston Police Detective Mullins (McCarthy). Ashburn runs things by the book while Mullins will go so far as taking out a perp with a watermelon. So immediately the two clash. But of course, they must learn to work together in order for Ashburn to get her shot at a promotion and Mullins to keep her streets safe.

I assure you that while Bullock may be playing an FBI agent, this is definitely not Miss Congeniality 3. This is also the most likeable Sandra Bullock has been in years. For anyone who thought they’d had enough of Melissa McCarthy after Identity Thief, don’t worry, she’s as funny as ever here. And Feig should be given some kind of award for managing to make Marlon Wayans almost charming. There are tons of hilarious cameos scattered throughout — including Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold — working as a mash up of Feig and Dippold’s yesteryears from MadTV to Freaks & Geaks.

TheHeat2Who knows how much of the screenplay was left in tact because with how much fun McCarthy and Bullock are having on screen, it’s pretty obvious there was plenty of ad-libbing on set. Some of the jokes have the Family Guy routine where they go from funny to not-so-funny then back to laugh-out-loud hilarious. The Heat certainly proves that Paul Feig can make a laugh-till-you-tear-up comedy without the help of uber-producer Judd Apatow. While The Heat 2 is already being rumored on IMDB, I’d welcome film’s newest odd-couple back like a fat tabby cat with open arms.

Photos courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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A Utah based writer, born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT for better and worse. Cinenerd has had an obsession with film his entire life, finally able to write about them since 2009, and the only thing he loves more are his wife and their two wiener dogs (Beatrix Kiddo and Pixar Animation). He is accredited with the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Arnold

    If you think we need more movies made with female leads, or if you don’t
    really care and just want to see a hilarious movie, you won’t go wrong
    with The Heat.

    http://www.independentfilmreviews.com

  • creativechar

    Its official, I’m done watching anything Sandra Bullock or Melissa McCarthy are ever acting in again! In hindsight, I wish I had read the info on the movie “The Heat” that said The F-word is used more than 140 times before going to see it instead of blindly and stupidly trusting the movie trailer. I’ve been a fan of Sandra Bullock ever since I saw “Speed” but I think she is now getting desperate to break out of these roles that made her famous and mistakenly diving into a movie like The
    Heat. I also use to watch and enjoy the TV sitcom “Mike & Molly” starring Melissa McCarthy then I saw her in the movie Bridesmaids, a movie that was not all I thought it would be. My eyes are wide open to the pattern of roles McCarthy will continue to appear in but when Bullock made comments in interviews about her personal approval and use of the F-word in real life, all I can say is well, I do not follow you anymore. Sandra and Melissa are free to do whatever they like but I won’t be watching anymore.