The Heat review

Paul Feig
Sandra Bullock
Melissa McCarthy
Marlon Wayans
Michael Rapaport
Rated: R

The first female buddy cop movie! It would be really ground breaking if it wasn’t like every other buddy cop film out there.

“The Heat” stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Bullock plays an FBI agent named Ashburn, who does everything completely by the books. Her latest case brings her to the streets of Boston where she meets Mullins (McCarthy), a cop who is the complete opposite of Ashburn, being a total loose cannon.

The case that the two have to work on involves having to stop some type of crime lord from doing some type of shipment. However, for these two, working together seems nearly impossible.

The story of “The Heat” is without a doubt, its biggest weakness. Everything about this flick is unbelievably cookie-cutter, to the point where you can predict nearly everything that’s going to happen. There are a couple twists that the movie tries to toss in, yet, the story itself feels so un-engaging, that when any “surprises” came up, they really didn’t matter.

Both McCarthy and Bullock are, for the most part, fine actresses and they do bring humor to the film. There were plenty of lines and gags that they did deliver nicely.

That being said, the characters were written to such extremes that just as many, if not more, pieces of comedy just fell flat. The movie really could have used both actresses dialing their performances back five notches.

The side characters don’t really add much here either, besides the two main stars, the only person memorable was a surprisingly reserved performance from Marlon Wayans.

Once again, there are funny moments here. When something works in this movie, it works really well and can deliver a good laugh, however, there is just too much time between big laughs where the movie just drags. That really doesn’t work well with a movie that is just under two hours.

Last year, the movie “21 Jump Street” came out and that worked so well because it was different and did some things that were unexpected. “The Heat” plays it the opposite route, going down the same path that every single buddy cop movie has done before.

The movie has humor, some of it being really good, but that’s not enough to fully save it. This isn’t one to rush out to the theater to see, but it is good enough to rent. “The Heat” gets a high 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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