The funny pairing of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy is not enough to redeem this predictable female buddy cop film that’s festered with cliches. It’s a movie designed to level the playing field in the sub genre, but perpetrates the same misogynistic crap.
Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids.” (c) Fox
Melissa McCarthy keeps the film upbeat while Sandra Bullock proves to be a capable foil. They’re chemistry delivers some laughs but its not enough to save The Heat.
McCarthy plays the schlub crazy cop, a male archetype in the form of the loud mouthed, gun hoarding, boisterous Shannon Mullins who uses the same sexist insults.
Bullock plays her character leftover from Miss Congeniality, the opposite female archetype in the form of uptight Sarah Ashburn. She’s so dedicated to her career that she became a cat lady who doesn’t even have her own cat and resorts to taking pictures with it against fake backgrounds.
The two go along in a barely there story and a predictable plot. The production value is so low that it couldn’t even manage one decent explosion. The comedic pieces run too long. The film delivers laughs using the obnoxious Mullins, but her shtick gets repetitive and off-putting.
The rest of the cast is one dimensional. Its Always Sunny resident Kaitlin Olson is underused.
The most disappointing part is instead of taking the opportunity to subvert gender stereotypes as a female buddy cop film, the Heat repeats it.
In one scene the pair could have prepared before going to club, but that wouldn’t give the film an opportunity to make fun of Ashburn’s masculine clothing, even though she’s decently dressed for an FBI agent.
Her identity crisis is solved by following the footsteps of Mullins, and together they win by emulating men. The misogynistic albino cop gets a shot in the head and the villain, revealed in a standard plot twist, is shot in the dick.
The Heat is really just a reductive version of an average male buddy cop film, except its sold as a female centric movie.
My Rating: 5/10