Sandra Bullock repeats her role as an FBI agent, but this time she is no “Miss Congeniality”. Instead she has become a more feminine, uptight and overachieving version of an FBI Special Agent, Sarah Ashburn, who is difficult to work with because of her egotism and failing ability to work on a team. When a promotion opens up within her department, she has to try and prove herself as a team player by working with the Boston Police Department to take down a major drug lord. Melissa McCarthy stars as a tough and crude Boston detective who induces fear in criminals, her peers, and even her boss. Her character, Mullins, is blunt, slightly mentally unstable, but a confident female character. She is also extremely generous with her use of the F word and other imaginative obscenities, but somehow she manages to show just enough vulnerability to make her likable and entertaining. The two make a less than perfect team causing nothing but chaos with just about every turn.
The film reminded me of Rush hour, but with two female officers instead. The chemistry between the two actresses is great and they seem to feed off of each other perfectly to create some really great laugh out loud moments. Both of them deliver some hilarious one liner jokes expertly, while still preserving the average person characterization. However, the characters they play feel like recycled versions of those they’ve played before. Bullock, don’t get me wrong, is still loveable, but we’ve seen her in this role before. Unfortunately, I’m forced to ask after seeing it, when will this character end? And isn’t she, the character, tired and overused? I also feel as if Melissa McCarthy may be falling into a rut that she won’t soon escape from with a repeated performance of her Bridesmaid character.
The film also boasts appearances from, Tom Wilson (whom not matter what movie I see him in, I always think of Biff Tannen), Tony Hale, Michael Rapaport and even Joey McIntyre (yes for all you NKOTB fans, it is him) and YouTube star Spoken Reasons as the drug dealer Rojas. Outlier, Marlon Wayans seems to have had his comedic genius left on the cutting room floor, as he is in few scenes, with few lines, none of which are funny in any way. In addition, the turn his character takes at the end, left me squirming uncomfortably in my seat.
While the The Heat, does buddy cop comedies more than justice, I believe Bullock fell short of her comedic ability. More of the respect and laugh out loud moments have to go to her partner McCarthy, who carried the entire comedic weight of the film very well. But despite many exhausting laugh sessions throughout the movie, there were at least two moments in the movie where the pacing seems to come to a screeching halt. I found myself feeling like a party goer whose buzz was just killed when the drunkest girl at the party starts crying into her beer.
All in all, this is a great laugh out loud comedy, which is not over thought and doesn’t require any overthinking. However, it is probably best reserved for DVD list or Netflix waiting line. If you are going to spend money at the theater, you may want to skip this one and see a blockbuster instead.