The Heat (2013) Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport Movie Review

The Heat (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in The Heat (2013)

The Heat isn't On

FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is the sort of woman who is not only ambitious but a stickler for doing dotting the I's and crossing the T's. As such she finds herself in Boston on the trail of an elusive drug lord who uses a man called Rojas (Spoken Reasons) to do his dirty work as if she brings in the drug lord a promotion is on the cards. The trouble is that Boston detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) has already arrested Rojas and doesn't care who Ashburn works for as he is her bust. When Mullins learns that Ashburn is in town after a major drug lord she decides to work with her but with plans to make the bust herself. But with Mullins and Ashburn being like chalk n cheese it is not easy going.

So in the left hand corner we have Sandra Bullock doing anally retentive and awkward whilst in the right hand corner we have Melissa McCarthy doing loud, obnoxious and foul mouthed. And the whole point of this is nothing new because like Glover & Gibson or Chan & Tucker what you have in "The Heat" is a comedy cop buddy movie but with the humour coming from Bullock being stiff whilst McCarthy does obnoxious. That is it, that is what you get for 3 minutes short of two hours and as such "The Heat" ends up the sort of movie which you can put on but not really concentrate on because it is familiar and has nothing which needs your full attention on.

Now for some watching McCarthy act like a rude bull in the china shop and Bullock acting all awkward will be amusing, for others it will be so painful that a frontal lobotomy sounds like an attractive proposition. I am in the latter group as listening to McCarthy swear all the time does nothing to entertain me and neither does watching Bullock doing stiff and awkward as it ends up incredibly weak and repetitive. Although seeing there is nothing else to "The Heat" other than some familiar faces in minor roles it is actually not that surprising that it ends up repetitive.

What this all boils down to is that "The Heat" despite starring one of my favourite actresses ended up not my sort of thing and it comes down to what many find funny now does little to amuse me especially when it is the only thing which the movie has to offer.