Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy team up in cop comedy The Heat, but will this duo produce comedy gold or a big dud?
FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) drives her colleagues mad with her perfectionism and uptight behaviour. Meanwhile Boston Detective Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) is foulmouthed and violent-even to her boss! When they are forced to work together to bring down a drug kingpin can they solve the case and become friends?
It won’t come as a huge surprise what the answer to those questions are. There also isn’t many surprises in the script which seems to follow the standard buddy cop routine. They’re complete opposites! Forced to work together! They are faced with obstructive police colleagues! However I wasn’t coming into this film expecting a reinvention of the wheel. It is what it is- an often funny, occasionally crude comedy.
McCarthy is great fun as Mullins and the actress clearly enjoys the antics her character gets up to. Bullocks has a bit of a harder job, we’ve seen this type of character before-arrogant, not a team player, by the book. For the first part of the film Ashburn is just irritating, however once the two start to bond, Ashburn becomes a funnier more likeable character. Bullock is also great at phsyical comedy, shown in such scenes as her hilariously terrible DIY attempt at first aid.
The plot about who is the drug kingpin is not that interesting but this fim is mostly about watching McCarthy and Bullock bounce off each other. They have great comedy chemistry and in the end become believable as friends who’ve learned to respect each other-maybe the only person in their lives who does acknowledge them in this way.
It may not be the best work of Bullock or McCarthy but they make for an amusing duo, and if The Heat 2 does get announced I should look forward to seeing them work togetheragain.
Rating 3.5/5-Bulock and McCarthy prove to be a formidable team that shows the boys how it should be done!