The Heat (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 30 2013

Lower your expectations. ‘The Heat’ is not the knock-out-it-out-of-the-park summer comedy you’d hope for from two of the ‘Bridesmaids’ dream team (director Paul Feig and actress Melissa McCarthy). A female buddy cop comedy, McCarthy stars with Sandra Bullock as an odd-couple crime-fighting duo. You wouldn’t think of pairing them in a million years, but they’re a riot together. Bullock is a control-freak FBI agent whose colleagues can’t stand her. (Kudos to the script for touching on sexism: ‘No wonder she’s single,’ sneers a male colleague.) McCarthy is a local detective who dresses like a homeless biker. Predictably, when they join forces to take down a drug baron, they hate each other.

If you’ve never seen the point of Sandra Bullock, watch this. You’ve got to love how up she is for looking ridiculous playing comedy fall guy to McCarthy – who’s back with more of the genius sweary oddball rants she gave us in ‘Bridesmaids’. But too much here feels like the usual unfunny, unoriginal ‘Lethal Weapon’ formula. And one sub-grossout scenario involving a DIY tracheotomy is dead on arrival. A couple of killer scenes just about outweigh the laziness. Best of all is McCarthy’s arrest by watermelon – one of the funniest things I’ve seen on screen all summer.

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15

UK release:

Wed Jul 31, 2013

Duration:

117 mins

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Sherry

I feel cheated of my time watching this movie. I expected it to be funny since it had two very good comedians playing in this movie. But I can't believe either one read the script before signing the contract, because it was the writing or the directing that doomed this movie, not the actresses. I do wonder if Bullock and McCarthy regret doing this movie?

adam

Lets be honest, any sexism in this movie was coming from the the other side of the sword. The men in this movie were all weak, evil, or grossly incompetent. The anti-male vibe was obviuos 15 minutes into the movie and never let up.

Daisy Crisp

When Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) - aka- the socially-awkward -smart-alec FBI agent and bolshie Boston cop Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) are unceremoniously thrust together they –obviously- clash. Ordered to work together to take down a dangerous drug lord, the crime fighting females come to blows with Mullins’s almighty bombast bulldozing Ashburn’s ‘by-the book’ approach at every turn. Yet, as predicted, they prove to be the perfect comedic pairing. True, both women step into familiar character roles as if slipping into old pair of slippers but hey- you know what they say- if it ain’t broke… So prepare for a Bridesmaids meets Miss Congeniality mash up -with a smattering of Marmite- (likelihood is you’ll either be a lover or a hater) and lock and load! The 80’s ‘buddy-cop’ movie homage is more of an excuse to milk laughs than it is a revolutionary ‘gender bender’ statement. Although, The Heat does make its acknowledgements with a running theme of misogyny throughout; a half cut Ashburn sighs the forbidden words- ‘It’s hard being a woman in the field’. What’s more, our hilarious heroines operate in a world where a man’s arrogance continues to contribute to charisma while female arrogance is nothing short of repulsive. Endless rounds of cracking zingers are fired during the 117 minute war of words with no sign of a ceasefire. But there are no words to explain this bizarrely brilliant laugh –out- loud fest. With enough side-splitting scenes to warrant a salute, The Heat is an unapologetic hot mess in all the right ways.

Matt

I don't mind admitting that in many respects I'm quite sexist, and I certainly wasn't expecting to love this awesome comedy, but from beginning to end it had me in stitches. It's not quite on the level of the first Hangover movie for me, in terms of visceral laughs, but it's slightly more sophisticated with more emotional depth. There are one or two questionable moments - one scene where I didn't understand why there seemed to be other cops there apart from the two stars; Sandra Bullock left a little to be desired in the nightclub scenes; also I felt the moment when the two stars first began to come together as partners was a bit weakly done. But my overall feeling after the movie was one of mild elation from having seen such an amazing piece of cinema. If you're worried that this might be some naff oestro-comedy like Bridesmaids, don't be - it's fantastic. Watch it and love it.

Matt

I don't mind admitting that in many respects I'm quite sexist, and I certainly wasn't expecting to love this awesome comedy, but from beginning to end it had me in stitches. It's not quite on the level of the first Hangover movie for me, in terms of visceral laughs, but it's slightly more sophisticated with more emotional depth. There are one or two questionable moments - one scene where I didn't understand why there seemed to be other cops there apart from the two stars; Sandra Bullock left a little to be desired in the nightclub scenes; also I felt the moment when the two stars first began to come together as partners was a bit weakly done. But my overall feeling after the movie was one of mild elation from having seen such an amazing piece of cinema. If you're worried that this might be some naff oestro-comedy like Bridesmaids, don't be - it's fantastic. Watch it and love it.

K.Flyer

Out Loud Funny! Really enjoyed it all the way through, will buy it and watch it again on DVD

K.Flyer

Out Loud Funny! Really enjoyed it all the way through, will buy it and watch it again on DVD

Violetta

Diabolically unfunny movie with a plastic faced Sandra Bullock barely able to grin from under the stress of a knife job that makes her look gormless - paired up with a fast talking muggins straight out of the school of comedy based on a punch in the face being the acme of fun. Grim and bare it for the chance of a free labotomy.

Ian

I don't disagree too much with the review. It was disappointing and not as funny as I hoped or expected. If you go in with low expectations there are worse things to divert your attention for a couple of hours. I just feel i have seen this film or one very similar to it just too many times. Probably 5 out of 10. In my mind not quite good enough to be a 3 star film so its 2 for me.