Directed by: Paul Feig
Written by: Katie Dippold
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin, Spoken Reasons, Taran Killam and Bill Burr.
I love Melissa McCarthy. From her turn in Bridesmaids, to her two hilarious gigs hosting SNL, McCarthy had me in stitches. Admittedly, I shied away from Identity Thief certain I would be disappointed (even though I love the cast) by the excessive slapstick shtick that I assumed would substitute for storytelling (the reviews lead me to believe I was right to avoid it). With The Heat, I was unsure. I give credit to the preview for not spoiling the movie’s funniest moments, but at the same time I felt it protected its jokes by solely promoting its cast; so much so that I had little desire to see another buddy cop flick about two mismatched cops forced to work together and take down a drug lord, in what looked like a carbon copy of everything that came before. I’m happy to report, I was not disappointed.
What I liked: McCarthy is hilarious, and arguably carries the movie, as the foul-mouthed, salt-of-the-earth cop who enjoys the misfortunes of others. Bullock is perfect as the FBI agent and McCarthy’s uptight foil. I commend her for downplaying her role enough to give McCarthy the spotlight, in fact, I found it made her funnier. The two have great on-screen chemistry and it’s no wonder a second movie is already in the works.
What I didn’t like: There is nothing new here other than unique performances. As I expected, the movie is a carbon copy of everything that came before. What makes it funny is that this time around the two mismatched cops are women, which offers a spectrum of reinvented jokes about the same tired scenarios. The story takes a back seat to the slap stick humour but Bullock, a seasoned vet at this type of comedy, and McCarthy deftly endear us to their characters. I was also disappointed by the limited screen time for the supporting cast which could have been very funny.
Not to be missed: McCarthy’s scene with Buster Bluth (Tony Hale). Priceless.
My rating: Women cops are funny.