Sunday, June 30 2013, 03:52 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Heat
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir
Genre: Action, Comedy
Recommended To: Those looking for a female cop comedy that rivals male counterparts like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours.
Synopsis: Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), an uptight FBI agent, is forced to work with Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), a highly unconventional Boston cop, to track down a drug lord.
Review: I have to tip my cap to director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). He somehow turns films that I have little or no interest in seeing into extremely entertaining experiences. The Heat is outrageous, more than a little vulgar and made up of buddy cop clichés and yet it feels fresh. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock inject their characters with the perfect balance of chemistry and disdain. The story and its setup aren’t original, but the script is clever enough and Feig gives the film a brisk pace that never allows McCarthy’s adlibbing to become too self-indulgent. With a runtime of 117 minutes I expected The Heat to drag in moments; it never did. From start to finish The Heat is the best mainstream comedy thus far this year.
-Ryan Michael Painter