The juggernaut of the summer movie season continues on as there are two big choices on deck hitting theatres today for anyone looking to get their fill of some cinematic entertainment. “The Heat” is a female buddy comedy that just doesn’t hit any solid notes because it is just a really dull, basic and uninspired comedy that brings nothing terribly new to the genre as it put forth the least amount of effort as possible.
“The Heat” has two sides of the worlds of law enforcement collide as an uptight and meticulous FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn(Sandra Bullock) is paired with testy and rough around the edges Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner; or even a friend for that matter.
As the follow up to director Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids”, “The Heat” just feels like an overextended sketch comedy bit that gets dragged out way too long. At an epic 117 minutes, that’s just way too long for a comedy and so many moments felt like they were getting dragged out trying to bleed the script dry for as many laughs as possible. The script from writer Katie Dippold, does have a small handful of fun moments but it has all been seen before and tries to take elements of the buddy cop film and drags them out a lot longer and much more uncomfortably then they truly need to be with jokes (about Boston in particular) that are long past their expiration date and just stupid. The editor’s scissors needed to be out, as a much tighter film could have played substantially better than this overlong effort did, where the actors were simply trying to get as much blood out of this stone of a script that they possible could.
Sandra Bullock who is unquestionably a comedy veteran has difficulty playing it so straight, trying to be as uninteresting and mildly pathetic as possible. It all feels forced and unnatural as the narrative of these two anti-social law enforcement officers become unlikely friends, Bullock to her credit tries to get as many laughs as she can out of the material but there are really only a handful of moments where I even cracked a smile. Melissa McCarthy handles herself a little better this time around as the material is more effective for her then the reprehensibly bad material in “Identity Thief” from earlier this year. While the chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy is obvious, and they try their hardest to get some laughs out but the material is so basic and poorly executed that it just doesn’t work.
At the end of the day, “The Heat” lets what little comedic heat it actually generates dissipate because it just runs the joke into the ground a lot more then it needed to be.
2 out of 5 stars.
“The Heat” is now playing in theatres all across the country, please check with your local listings for show times.
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