Film: The Heat
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock, Marlon Wayans, Taran Killam
THIS is a cop buddy movie with a difference. The two protagonists are women, and they’re fighting against the ingrained mysogyny of the FBI as hard as they’re fighting crime. But this is not a signal to get the violins out. It’s a comedy, and a very funny one at that.
Sandra Bullock plays FBI agent Sarah Ashburn who’s after a promotion, but in order to prove her salt she’s sent to Boston to find a drug baron, Larkin, who has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations.
Once in Boston she visits Larkin’s sidekick, Rojas, in custody and finds out the local cop who arrested him, is Shannon Mullins, played by Melissa McCarthy (of Bridesmaids fame).
Mullins is none too friendly. Not only does she shun any competition to her own ambition, she is quite simply the feisty tomboy sort who says what she thinks and doesn’t mind how many enemies she makes along the way. The drama — and the fun — start when the two women are thrown together by their male boss and told to find the drug lord together.
Bullock plays the uptight workaholic who does everything by the book, while McCarthy plays maverick, and the comedy lies in the juxtaposition of the two, as well as the set pieces normally executed only by men (such as dangling a crim by his feet over a precipice to elicit a confession).
The script, written by Katie Dippold (Parks And Recreation) has been widely acclaimed as witty and spot-on, and doesn’t miss a trick. The plot, however, is said to be thin in places. If you want a good laugh, though, you can’t go wrong.