Monday, July 1, 2013
by: Ryan Grudinski
If you're looking for police realism, don't watch this movie. Turn on HBO Go and watch an episode or two of The Wire. If you're looking for laughs, you've come to the right place. A critical moviegoer may see The Heat for all the unrealistic police procedure, but that person would be completely missing the point. The bottom line is that this film is funny. It seems as though Paul Feig has carved our his new niche as the raunchy comedy with a heart of the summer guy. This follow-up to Bridesmaids probably has a little bit less heart, and isn't quite as funny, but it's not bad. Melissa McCarthy proves herself as a leading lady and more than makes up for the catastrophe that was Identity Thief earlier this year (which wasn't really her fault.) Sandra Bullock delivers my favorite performance of hers (which isn't saying much since the typically has the script choosing ability of John Travolta, post Pulp Fiction.) Bullock delivers on this comedic role in surprising fashion. It reminds me of how I felt about Channing Tatum after his role in 21 Jump Street last year. Finally I would like to point out that McCarthy plays the part of the rough around the edges cop very well, and the most refreshing part of the script in relation to her is that there are ZERO jokes that poke fun of her weight, unlike the aforementioned disaster that was Identity Thief. Sure there are tons of cop movie clichés, and old tired generic cop movie plot points, but as I said earlier, the cop stuff is really just the very thin shell in which the comedy resides. This film isn't great, but it's definitely worth it for a few hours, a lot of the riffing between the two main stars is quite funny.
Technical: Nothing really technical about it. It's just funny.
X-Factors: Bullock and McCarthy have a great chemistry, and they play their characters very well. I have to believe lines were improvised, much like in Feig's previous work. If so, good job by both leading actors.
Will This Movie end up in my collection? Probably eventually, when the price falls after it's release.