Review // THE HEAT

Grade: B

Directed by Paul Feig

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport

The buddy-cop comedy has been played out in abundance in Hollywood, but a female-buddy-cop comedy is a fairly new concept. What better director to bring a refreshing look at a dried out genre than Bridesmaids' Paul Feig. Starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, The Heat feels overdone at certain points, but makes for a fun, hilarious, laugh out loud ride.

When Ashburn, a by-the-book FBI agent, is in the face of a possible career promotion in the bureau, she's assigned a job that'll take her to Boston where she'll meet the loud and obnoxious Mullins, a cop who stomps to the beat of her own foul-mouthed drum. Bullock plays Ashburn to a tee. So much so that it somewhat feels played out, after two Miss Congeniality films. Her America's Sweetheart charm makes it work, though, and also plays as a testament to her great work in those early 00's comedies as an undercover cop. While she's not quite as tomboy-ish, she is brittle and works hard to not be anything remotely sexy or charming. McCarthy's Mullins is a train wreck that you can't stop watching. While her comedic timing was the gold in Bridesmaids, it too feels a little "done before" here, but still packs a punch and allows her to deliver some of the best bits of comedic dialogue this year.

Feig is a pro at giving his actors skeleton scripts, turning on the camera, and letting them roll. That's part of the joy. You can tell that Bullock and McCarthy have natural chemistry and had a ton of fun making the film. I'd love to see the outtakes one day. The only problem Feig and the cast have to muster is the pressure of being a follow up to the surprise hit Bridesmaids. Mostly, they conquer this feat.

The story follows the agent and cop as they must work past their opposite natures and bring a drug lord down. Ashburn is a fish out of water in the roughneck neighborhoods of Boston, especially when it comes to dealing with anything Mullins is involved with. There are some golden moments and, luckily, the trailer didn't give them all away. The movie is rated R and McCarthy gets her fair share of swearing in to undoubtedly deserve the rating. Her petite frame and adorable delivery make the foul mouthed one-liners even that more hilarious. Bullock even surprises with some raunchy language and inappropriate hand signals.

Overall, The Heat is worthy enough to be a summer hit and will probably bring in a large sum at the box office, not surprisingly. Bullock has always been able to pull a hefty crowd, even in her "bad movie" spells. When I went to see Man of Steel, I was expecting SOLD OUT showings, but theaters were only half full. Last night's The Heat showings were crowded and the SOLD OUT sign was in full illumination for the 7:30 showing. She has box office clout and it's not going anywhere soon. McCarthy has also solidified herself as a crowd pleaser over the past two years. This movie has long legs and will probably stretch for a while: box office, home video, streaming, television syndication, and a possible sequel on the way.

If you're looking for a fun time with lots of laughs, The Heat is worth your time. The audience loved it, laughing louder than the kids were in Monsters University. Half of the time I couldn't tell if I was laughing at what I saw on the screen or at the loud-laughers around me, clapping and screeching. It was a fun time at the movies.

Rating: R

Runtime: 117 minutes

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.