Oh boy, have people using social media been talking about this movie. Maybe because The Heat is the rare action comedy coming out in this lackluster box office summer that seems to be suffering from a bad case of the sequels, combined with Disney’s misuse of intellectual property (P.S. the Lone Ranger movie is terrible).
It’s a Boston crime movie playing in the style of a hypothetical combination of The Departed and Pitch Perfect. Our main joke lies on one question: What if you took a standard buddy cop movie, replaced them with women, and had them play out like Felix and Oscar (I swear, during several parts, I thought I heard the Odd Couple in the background).
The plot is simple: Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) are assigned together to take down a Russian mobster that has been providing Michael Bay his weekend fix.
Let me say it this way: The good news is that McCarthy and Bullock are often hilarious together, so you don’t have to worry about the story. When you watch it, it is clear the filmmakers didn’t. This is easily the most clichéd story for an action comedy, which is like being the ugliest person at the Andrew Lloyd Webber Look-Alike Contest.
But it’s funny… In fact, it’s really funny! With it’s two leads, this film is already a guaranteed hit, and it deserves to be, because this laugh-a-minute comedy is absolutely hilarious! It may not have the pizazz that Bridesmaids brought to the table from the same director (Peter Feig), but “The Heat” serves as a great follow up. It’s hard to say without giving away any of the jokes (a cardinal sin for movie critics), but trust me on this. And it’s a great turn around for Sandra Bullock, whose career took a detour in the vastly overrated The Blind Side.
All I have to say is this: A great comedy of contrasts channels the same anarchic spirit as last year’s 21 Jump Street, delivering a wild and enjoyable ride of nicely balanced verbal sparring and physical comedy. And it is great to see a supporting cast that consists of comedy heavyweights Jane Curtin, Bill Burr and newcomer Adam Ray. It’s worth a shot.
Author Bio: This post was contributed by David Baker, professional blogger for Virtual Web Productions. David is a recent high school graduate from Lake Mary, Florida. He will attend Stetson University in the fall.