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The Heat

The Heat

What She said:

She

As you all probably well know, I love my Sandra Bullock, and that's precisely why I was so excited when I saw that The Heat was finally going to be available for rental.  We missed this one in the theaters for several reasons, one of which is that we just don't often make it out to the theater.  But it was finally time to view this Bullock collaboration with comedy raven Melissa McCarthy.  It's funny, I remember Melissa McCarthy from The Gilmore Girls, but she's come very far and become quite famous since then.  In The Heat, McCarthy plays Shannon Mullins the foul mouthed "bad cop" half of a crime fighting dynamic duo, with Bullock stepping in as Sarah Ashburn, the polar opposite other half.

Ashburn is an FBI agent at the top of her game, and she's also up for a big promotion.  She believes she's a natural fit for the job; however, her boss doesn't quite seem to agree.  You see, Ashburn has a tendency to be arrogant and her coworkers absolutely despise her.  Her boss wants to see her really prove herself, so he sends her up to Boston to try to break up a mega drug ring.  This is where Ashburn first encounters Mullins, who is rude, borderline psychotic, and actually quite dangerous.  Mullins is a local cop who has a good handle on the community, having grown up and continuing to live amongst them.  Ashburn wants to take the case from Mullins, but Mullins is not giving it up without a fight, and so the two are forced to work together.  The unlikely pair team up and follow a slew of leads to try to get to the kingpin of the dangerous drug cartel.

Bullock taps into her comedic charm, as we're well accustomed to seeing her do.  Counter to some of her other cop roles--yes, I'm thinking Miss Congeniality--she's straight-laced, tightly wound, and all business.  Ashburn doesn't even swear.  Bullock embraces the role and embodies the character well.  McCarthy also jumps in head first with her character, and she's as vulgar and nuts as they come.  I actually think she's a little extreme with this.  I mean, she goes on curse-laden tirades that are actually a bit exhausting.  And it's not that they're shocking.  It's far from the worst language that I've heard.  I think it's reaching a little too far for the sake of being funny, and for me that funny just wasn't there.  Once Ashburn and Mullins begin to morph into friends, then I found Mullins' character to be more likable, and I think it was at this point that the movie actually got better.

The plot of The Heat is pretty much as predictable as they come.  I knew exactly who was behind everything the first time I met him.  I just had to wait another 45 minutes to an hour to have my suspicions confirmed.  In that sense, the movie brings nothing new to the table.  But that doesn't ruin things.  It just does nothing to make the movie better.  The Heat is not a bad movie, but it's also nothing more than harmless fluff.  The film gets by on the shoulders of its leading ladies, as the plot and even dialogue are not complex enough to add strength to the flick.  I am grateful that we had Bullock and McCarthy to bring life to these characters.  Had Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl been involved in any capacity, this would have been a nightmare.  Was I wishing for a little more from the film?  Honestly, yes.  I felt the comedy was very hit or miss, and that was disappointing considering who was involved.  But I still found this movie to be fairly harmless and non-offensive.

Thumbs half up.
The Heat

What He said:

He

Like the She, I am a fan of Sandra Bullock. I think she’s funny, a good actress, and a good person. She’s just someone I (usually) enjoy watching on the big screen. Having seen Demolition Man (review here) not too long ago and the previews for this movie running around the same time, The Heat had been on my mind. Plus, I thought it looked pretty damn funny. I was excited to see this one.

FBI Agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is really good at her job. Just when it seems all hope is lost in a cast, she comes through with the win. She has this sort of sixth sense. Her colleagues dislike her because of this and the fact she’s a little arrogant about it. Asburn is very by the book too.

Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) is also very good at her job, but pretty much the antithesis of Ashburn. She is rude, crude, loud, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. She walks that line between driving her boss nuts with her ability for breaking him rules and making the department look good with all the busts she makes.

The Heat

So you can imagine when their paths cross, all kinds of hijinks and chaos ensue. Ashburn is sent  from New York to Boston to further investigate a case her department has been working on. She crosses paths with Mullins, who has recently busted one of the lower-level drug dealers that works for the bigger fish Ashburn has been chasing. They are taken on something of a scavenger hunt as they investigate all the layers to this mystery; which overlaps with Mullins brother Jason. Jason (Michael Rappaport) is an ex-con who was recently released and trying to live a clean life now.

This movie was funny. There were some lighter laughs and some gut-busting ones too. But this movie could have been a lot funnier. It could have benefitted from some tightening of the scrip and simply not trying as hard. It was one of those movies that push and pushes to the point it defeats the purpose of the concept (to make you laugh). This revolved mostly around Melissa McCarthy’s character, though she wasn’t the only one. If you like either one of these ladies or Bridesmaids (made by the same director), it might be worth your while, but don’t expect something as funny as that.

Rating: Thumbs half up.

This movie review was given the He Said, She said seal of approval on October 26, 2013.

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