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The Heat Movie Review
“I just the spent the last 30 minutes figuring out ways to kill you.” ~ Detective Mullins to FBI Agent Ashburn.
There is nothing funnier than when opposites attract, or not attract. In the case of Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), they end up being total opposites; making the concept of “clashing” an understatement in uproariously movie, The Heat. FBI agent Ashburn wants a promotion. The problem is that she doesn’t get along with any of her co-works. Her main problem, however, is her overblown sense of self-worth – in other words, she thinks “she’s all that.” As a result, her boss sends her to Detroit to help out on a case.
Enter detective Mullins. She basically has the same problem as Ashburn, but she takes it to a whole new level. She is abrasive, lacks respects for her boss, threatens her co-workers with bodily harm, but has the audience rolling on the floor in laughter. When Ashburn and Mullins meet, the sparks and the laughter explodes.
Ashburn and Mullins are working together to bring down a drug king-pin, Larkas. The movie takes us through their romps as they attempt to work together to catch the bad guy. One of my favorite scenes include when the pair were in a nightclub rest room trying to prepare prim and proper looking Ashburn to infiltrate a group of partiers and plant a bug in a phone. Mullins takes it upon herself to manually ri[ Ashburn’s FBI suit into a sexy outfit, complete with hot pants.
Bullock and Mullins are not the only stars in the movie; other well-known actors are great in their smaller supporting roles. Marlon Wayans does an excellent job as the Detroit field staff, Levy. His scenes in the movie are small, but enjoyable. Remember Jane Curtin back from the early Saturday Night Live days? She plays Mrs. Mullins in The Hear. John A Baker, also known as Spoken Reasons also plays a small, but funny part in the film.
While the movie definitely does a great job in the comedy area, if you’re sensitive to a little foul language – this movie may be a little over the top for you (actually way over the top). I’m not sure that McCarthy has any lines in the movie that doesn’t include an offensive word. If you can look past it, however, you’ll find it quite enjoyable.
Overall, The Heat is a hysterically funny film. The main characters have excellent chemistry as the typical buddy cop movie. The buddy-cop premise is nothing new, even the surprise and predictable ending, but it’s up to the actors to bring it to life and Bullock and McCarthy do it well.
I rate this movie a 4 our of 5.
Rating: R (This is definitely a capital R for language and crude content, and there is a bit of violence thrown in)
Running Time: 117 minutes
Director: Paul Feig
This movie is part of my personal action DVD collection.
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