The buddy cop genre has been a proven commodity for movie studios. This formula has worked in both comedies and as straight action/drama. To make this really work, you must find two movie stars who have not worked together before and you provide a vehicle that has them team up. Melissa McCarthy has seen her comedic star rise over the last couple of years and Sandra Bullock, while having being recognized for her dramatic turns lately, has been a successful comedic actress for many years. There is little doubt with the right script and the right director that these two could be dynamite on screen together and they are in the new movie, “The Heat”.
FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is one of the fastest rising agents in the borough, but she has a really uptight attitude. Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) is a tough-as-nails Boston cop who prefers to work alone. A new case about a rising drug lord brings Ashburn to Boston and she finds herself in a position where she has to team up with Mullins.
“The Heat” is directed by Paul Feig, who last directed “Bridesmaids” and this movie is even funnier. Sandra Bullock had been doing more dramatic roles lately, but she shows no comedic rust here and Melissa McCarthy’s rising star is shining brighter than ever in this movie. The two ladies provide some great laughs on their own and even better ones when they team up.
Don’t be surprised to hear about Melissa McCarthy starting to earn some really huge pay days. She deserves it too and can probably soon pick and choose the roles she wants to play.
Marlon Waynes is also in “The Heat”. You might expect that would mean even more laughs coming your way, but he is completely wasted in this movie. He is playing the straight man and that would not be so bad, but his character doesn’t do too much at all and never advances the plot. There are hints a subplot could materialized involving his character, but that never happens. Do keep an eye out from Thomas F. Wilson who audiences will remember as Biff from the Back to the Future movies.
While “The Heat” should go down as one of the funniest movies of the summer of 2013, it will not be remembered for the police action that takes place in it. Some movies, like “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Blue Streak” successfully combine both its comedy and the dramatic action; however, this is one area in which Paul Feig seems to have a weakness. If the movie succeeded here it could have been one of the best movies of the summer. It is rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence.