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The Heat

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Director: Paul Feig

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy,Demian Bichir, Michael Rapaport, Marylon Wayans and Thomas F. Wilson

Duration: 117 minutes

Certificate 15A

1 of 4 Bullock and McCarthy are a great comedy duo
Bullock and McCarthy are a great comedy duo
2 of 4 The plot can be predictable at times
The plot can be predictable at times
3 of 4 White Chicks actor and director, Marlon Wayans also stars
White Chicks actor and director, Marlon Wayans also stars
4 of 4 McCarthy steals the show with her witty one liners
McCarthy steals the show with her witty one liners

So there’s this hard-ass Boston cop who is aggressive, ill-mannered and hates authority. There’s also this know-it-all detective who is intelligent, measured and lives life by the book. Through a series of events these two polar opposites are lumped together and tasked with taking down a local drug dealer. Initially, the officers clash like a pair of blind rhinos but they soon realise they’re going to have to work together if they want to get the job done.

You’re thinking you’ve seen this film before right? Well you wouldn't be completely wrong, but what does make The Heat just a tiny bit different is that the cops in it are women and most importantly, one of them is the hilarious Mellissa McCarthy.

FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) has been sent to Boston by her boss in order to track down a drug lord and prove to him that she deserves a promotion. On arriving in Boston, Ashburn encounters foul-mouthed streetwise cop, Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) and the two immediately get off on the wrong foot.

After spending the first half on the film at each other's throats, the pair decide to put their differences aside in the hopes of reaching that bit at the end of the film where they get medals from the police chief.

Although the plot is hardly anything new, what does add something to this over-done film formula is the comedic chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy.

McCarthy is undoubtedly the funniest female actress of the moment with her every joke seeming as if she made it up on the spot. Bullock has fewer one-liners and is a little less naturally hilarious than McCarthy however her more restrained performance allows for her co-star's comedic genius to shine even brighter.

Although some gags miss the mark, such as a bizarre scene where Ashburn attempts to perform an emergency tracheotomy, most jokes are right on the money.

In particular, Mullins’ interactions with an albino DEA officer are genuinely hilarious and will have you doubled over in your seat wishing you had the talent to be as creatively insulting in an argument.

Director Paul Figg clearly has the skills to create a brilliant comedy as we seen with his 2011 hit Bridesmaids but where the comedy and storyline worked hand-in-hand in Bridesmaids, the nothing plot of The Heat seems to be there solely to fill time between laughs.

The Heat is far from perfect but then again those who go to see it won’t be expecting perfection. Like McCarthy’s character The Heat may be big, loud and a little irritating but it will very likely have you walking out of the cinema with aching sides and a smile on your face.  

Ruth Aravena




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