Hot Pursuit (2015)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Hot Pursuit (2015)

Not Even a Hot Mess

Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) wanted to live up to her cop father's good name but after the incident she found herself stuck in the evidence room. But then she gets a chance to prove herself as Daniella Riva (Sof?a Vergara), the wife of a drug boss, is going to testify and so needs escorting to a safe house. Unfortunately things don't go to plan as they get chased by dirty cops and find themselves getting in and out of lots of trouble.

Sof?a Vergara plays a stereotype with the sort of OTT performance which grates like fingernails down a blackboard. Meanwhile Reese Witherspoon delivers her character as so anal and unfunny that you would wonder whether anyone would even consider her for another comedy. And that is the problem with "Hot Pursuit" as both the characters of Cooper and Daniella are so annoying that you would need a magician to come up with humour to make this entertaining.

But you can't place all the blame of Witherspoon and Vergara as sadly the writers have filled this movie with the sort of humour which is dumb but not dumb in a funny way. And even if the performances from Witherspoon and Vergara weren't an issue this sort of unlikely buddy movie has been done so many times before that the writing needed to be so much better to make this come to life.

What this all boils down to is that "Hot Pursuit" wasn't even a hot mess, it was just a mess which failed to deliver the laughs. About the only compliment I can come up with is that Witherspoon and Robert Kazinsky work well in their few scenes together.