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Published July 13th 2013
Proving women are funnier than men
As a lover of cop buddy comedies and a huge fan of both Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, The Heat seems to be made specifically just for me. The preview looked fantastic and happily, unlike most previews, the funniest bits were kept for the movie. The film moves at a cracking pace setting up hilarious scenes and great one liners continuously throughout the 95 or so minutes. Throw in a few dance scenes and I'm set.
The Heat is directed by Paul Feig, who created Freaks and Geeks, and helmed some of my favourite The Office episodes, as well as Bridesmaids, so I was optimistic that it would be another strong female driven movie - and I was certainly not disappointed.
The Heat centres around Sarah Ashton, an uptight, arrogant FBI agent, played beautifully by Sandra Bullock, who chasing a promotion, heads to Boston in the hopes of catching a drug lord. Arriving, she butts heads with local police officer Shannon Mullins, played by an hysterical Melissa McCarthy. Officer Mullins is street wise with a mouth like a sailor, has some unconventional policing methods and delivers some of the best lines of the movie. They immediately take a dislike to each other but as usual are thrown together in a sort it out or get out scenario.
Bullock and McCarthy have loads of chemistry; their bickering is wonderfully funny and both play their perspective personas with ease. Warning - there is enough cursing here to sink a ship but it never feels over the top or unnecessary. The plot is strong enough to carry the movie, there is a bit of schmaltz but not so much as to feel it takes away from the comedic heart. There is some strong supporting cast members, including an underused Jane Curtin, but this is definitely a Bullock-McCarthy driven vehicle.
I loved this movie and if you are looking for a light hearted laugh out loud dirty comedy to see, this is definitely it. Now showing at movie theatres everywhere.