The Heat

Picture Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Picture Courtesy of 20th Century Fox


The Heat is a comedy that  stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  Bullock is FBI agent Sarah Ashburn and McCarthy plays Detective Shannon Mullins.  Ashburn is the best at what she does, but with her arrogant attitude towards her coworkers she is not liked.  When her bosses position is posted she confronts him as to why she would be the best person for the job.  He does   not believe she is the best fit for the job and sends her to Boston on an assignment to prove herself.  In Boston she meets Detective Shannon Mullins.  Mullins is from the area and is not your typical cop.  From her demeanour and her appearance, she looks more like someone who should be arrested than someone who is doing the arresting.  The two are polar opposites and have difficulty getting along.  When Ashburn calls her boss about Mullins she is reminded that she needs to get along with people if she wants the promotion.  She puts aside her opinions and tries to work with Mullins to crack the case.

Melissa McCarthy has been asking for quite some time, but it has only been recently after the “Bridesmaids” fiasco she has become popular as a comedian.  She was cast in a film called Identity Thief that helped solidify her as the new “it” girl for lead comedy roles.  Due to this, when people say the previews for The Heat they were immediately sold on her and wanted to see the film.  I had my doubts, but I decided to check out the film anyway (After it had come out on DVD of course).  Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to be proven right.

I didn’t have much faith in this film.  I knew there were going to be some funny parts but ultimately I expected it to fall pretty flat.  There were a handful of really funny parts, but there were more flat parts than there were funny.  McCarthy’s character plays the nonchalant, serious, funny role, which I think worked against her.  There were lots of scenes that were dragged out longer than they should have been.  It’s like drawing a joke out too long.  As much as I would have liked to say I enjoyed this movie it was just okay.  I would not recommend it to someone else though.  Feel free to check it out if you were tricked by the previews, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.


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