Starring ingénue turned Hollywood heavyweight Sandra Bullock and powerhouse comedy killer Melissa McCarthy, and written by Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation), “The Heat” from 20th Century Fox burns up the big screen with a tale about two lonely ladies learning the ultimate lesson in partnership.
Bullock is Ashburn, the tidy, strict and perfect FBI agent vying for a promotion. Her only problem is that her excellence alienates her peers, making it difficult to advance in her career.
As a final test to see if Ashburn is the appropriate candidate for the job she is assigned to a difficult case where she meets her opposite, a sloppy, erratic beat cop, Mullins (McCarthy), whose antics are completely not by the book.
These contradictions must work together to find a shadow of a criminal who has evaded multiple branches of law enforcement. During their pursuit they both learn that their way is not the only way to accomplish a task and that by leading with their hearts they may gain more than promotions and honors. They might gain a friend.
“The Heat,” in all its obviousness, is an unexpected tremor of excitement in the summer comedy. Opening with a 70s vibe and music, the audience is immediately drawn into the vigorous spirit of the film.
Great physical comedy, top notch insults, and girl power make this action packed, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) film cinematic fun for a couple’s night out with laughs. This is one of those female driven comedies that will please the feminist-at-heart. Women cops are women, yet command comedy that tickles both the male and female funny bone.
Included are some great additions to the cast. Jane Curtain, Thomas F. Wilson and Joey McIntyre have minor roles, but bring a feeling of nostalgia that is all the rage these days and really caters to a reminiscent audience who loved the 80s.
Most shocking is a Marlon Wayans who gives a sweet and shaded performance as Levy, an agent helping Ashburn on her new case. Even as it is still a humorous role, Wayans avoids the court jestering he’s known for and goes for a straight laced delivery that really highlights his talent and showcases how handsome he truly is.
The worst part of the movie is the overuse of a particular slang that references the casing for male reproductive glands. Honestly, there is no need for the indulgence and it may be distracting after awhile.
In the end, “The Heat” is simple with entertaining characters and a bit of emotional resonance. Excellent for a badass romantic night out.