Dir: Paul Feig (Bridesmaid)
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, and Michael Rapaport
Synopsis: Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner — or a friend for that matter
*Review Note: This is a non-spoiler review as always.*
Some have been waiting to see what Paul Feig’s follow-up to his blockbuster Bridesmaids would be and the answer is The Heat staring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as mismatched partners.
Straight-laced FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is an uptight agent who sees taking down a Boston crime ring as her chance at a big promotion. When she gets there her case collides with the foul-mouthed, rough and tumble Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) who treats her boss (Thomas F. Wilson) as harshly as she does her suspects. After a series of clashes, Ashburn and Mullins realize they’ll have to work together if they’re going to close this case.
McCarthy and Bullock have great chemistry and are clearly having a blast together going back and forth. The cast features a number of familiar faces that have some moments, including Marlon Wayans as an FBI agent, Demian Bichir as Ashburn’s boss, SNL’s Taran Killam as a cop, and Jane Curtin, Michael Rappaport and Nathan Corddry as members of Mulluns’ family.
The comedy is kind of out there in where some miss their mark completely and others will most likely have you laughing out loud with a good audience. It is a buddy comedy so there will be some things that we’ve seen before in the genre that will probably bore you.
All in all, The Heat is pretty damn funny. McCarthy and Bullock great together and it’s no surprise that they are working in a sequel. The movie has it’s drama moments that might slow down the movie for some people but it does make some sense and raises the stakes a bit.
4 out of 5