Movie Review: The Heat

By Stephen Rebello

<p>It's hard to get sick of the good cop/bad cop rehash when it stars the hilarious combo of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.<br></p>

Director: Paul Feig

Rating: R

Studio: Chernin Entertainment / Dune Entertainment

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir

An odd-couple action cop comedy that pairs Sandra Bullock as an arrogant, by-the-book, socially challenged FBI agent with Melissa McCarthy, a foul-mouthed, head-cracking Boston cop who stomps all over the rules and regs?

The Heat, directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) from a script by Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation) might as well have the words “cookie cutter” stamped all over it because any self-respecting action fan will recognize the flick’s every beat, action sequence, double cross and plot twist from movies like 48 Hrs. and Lethal Weapon. The gimmick here, aside from the amped-up cussing and gross-out scenes, is that female stars play the sparring partners who come to realize their similarities and to respect each other’s differences before the final fadeout.

Although the sporadically hilarious movie’s cast is stuffed to the gills with improv comedy aces like Tony Hale, Michael McDonald and John Ross Bowie, in Bullock and McCarthy it has its most potent secret weapon. Bullock may be pretty much exhuming her Miss Congeniality shtick and McCarthy is recycling bits and bobs of Bridesmaids and Identity Thief, but the actresses’ shared chemistry, crack comic timing and sheer likability make much of the movie irresistible. Well, almost.


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