The Heat (2013)


Dave’s 3-Word Review
The Other Guys Girls

For the most part, I am a pretty big fan and supporter of Sandra Bullock. I think she is a wonderfully talented actress, I just think that her roles aren’t always picked to her potential. I’m also picking up on Melissa McCarthy’s growing popularity in the film industry, but when it comes to McCarthy, I fear this popularity may be short-lived and may have already reached its peak. What happens, however, when these two lovely ladies appear together in one outlandish comedy? To answer this question, we look to The Heat, a comedy that may seem like something we’ve seen before.

Sandra Bullock plays FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, a by-the-books agent that is up for promotion. There’s just this teensy tiny mission she must accomplish before she is awarded the promotion. She must track down Larkin, a dangerous and mysterious drug leader in Boston. Working with the local police in town, she is teamed up with Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), a not so “by-the-books” officer with all of the attitude and colorful personality as you could imagine. Obviously, these two are opposites of each other, so from this point on, you can accurately predict where this film will end up, the real question is how they do it.

As soon as The Heat begins, you realize that there is a lot of inspiration going around, and nothing really seems unique or original. Sandra Bullock seems to have been pulled directly out of the next Miss Congeniality film. Melissa McCarthy seems to be taken out of…well…anything else with McCarthy in it. Plus, the premise alone is practically the same exact story as The Other Guys…but with girls. You already know that the movie will be predictable, so the only thing it has left to cling to is its comedy. As with any predictable flick, you have to still have a reason to watch it.

The comedy is clearly of the “over-the-top” variety. It’s not supposed to be taken seriously, and it’s mainly controlled by McCarthy’s usual foul-mouthed and sarcastic nature. It does take a bit of getting used to, because the stereotypes and unoriginal content becomes quite distracting as the film progresses, but once it gets into a system, you do start to warm up to the comedy. Would I say the humor was laugh-out-loud material? Not at all, there are definitely some really good jokes here and there where you’re not going to be able to stop yourself from giggling, but a good majority of the jokes do fall flat. The chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy is another source of the comedy, and because these two have great chemistry, those were the strongest jokes among the rest.

However, the good jokes don’t save the bad ones, and they certainly don’t excuse the film for being uncreative. Obviously, these actors have great chemistry, why borrow elements from practically every other movie like it? Oh boy, a story about two opposite personalities forced to work together and eventually become friends. Never heard that one before. It’s so old I’m pretty sure there’s a Bible story resembling the same thing. It’s not like the film had no choice, either. There were so many options the writer could have chosen for these ladies to make it its own thing, but if there was one word to describe the writing in this film…it would be safe.

It’s not a useless film. If you’re down or bored, there are always films like The Heat that serve their comedic and time-killing purposes. I would never suggest anyone buy the movie, because I honestly think that would be a waste of money. If you can find a cheap rent, go for it, you might find it funnier than I did.

::what others had to say::

“Bullock and McCarthy’s chemistry and comedic-timing is working so well, you almost forget about all of the problems from direction, to editing it has.” – Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews

“It’s a formula that works, and the Bullock/McCarthy team produce a lot of laughs.” – Daniel’s Film Reviews

“it’s a middle of the road affair with Bullock and McCarthy lost among the chaos” – The MN Movie Man


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