There are laughs and plenty of crude humour in Paul Feig’s (Bridesmaids) cop comedy The Heat. Brace yourself for frequent use of the f-bomb.
Sandra Bullock is the straight talking FBI agent unable to get along with her peers. Not to say Bullock’s been typecast, but does this sound familiar? Agent Ashburn is all work and no play until she meets rough-around-the-edges Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy).
Melissa McCarthy has the fun job of constantly flinging insults (mostly crude) to Bullock as the pair try to hunt down an elusive drug lord.
The plot is fairly predictable, following the pattern of many cop flicks, but it is funny bordering on hilarious at times. The scene where Bullock and McCarthy are drunk and start dancing to Deee-Lite’s Groove is in the Heart is a particular favourite.
The attitude towards women versus men in the crime catching industry is interesting to watch and it’s nice to see the women competing against the men instead of complaining how tough it is to be a woman and a cop/agent.
Feig doesn’t break new ground in The Heat but Bullock and McCarthy’s comic timing and chemistry is undeniable and ensures that the audience isn’t disappointed.
by Isabella Pittaway
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