The Heat is a cop buddy comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. This sometimes over-the-top wisecrack of a movie takes place in the city of Boston where the unlikely pair is unexpectedly united to take down a drug kingpin.
When I first saw the trailer for The Heat, I instantly thought it had something to do with the basketball team, who oddly enough, is the hottest team in the sport. As I watched the film however, there wasn’t a single reference to the team. As a matter of fact, I there were several Boston Celtics references, such as someone naming their dog Kevin Garnett (which is hilarious by the way). There are also many people wearing Celtics gear and what not, so essentially, it must a be a coincidence that the title is the same as the NBA team that just won a championship. It’s ironic though, right?
This movie can be funny, but it’s a specific kind of funny. How much you laugh is catered to your personality and if you can get past the disgusting mouth of McCarthy’s brash character, Shannon Mullins. Foul language is almost a given in most comedies these days, but The Heat can be a little overbearing at times with it’s choice words. It’s definitely one of my cons here. Mullins is very bold and ruthless and at times I felt like the character was insincere. However, the upside is that there’s never a dull moment when she’s on the screen and she offers just as many laughs as annoyances. Bullock is much more likable as the smart, witty and charming agent, Sarah Ashburn. These two characters are a joy to watch and at times, you forget their flaws because you’re just chuckling at their crazy antics. The usually funny Marlon Wayans is also here, but plays a very minimal and mostly irrelevant role.
The Heat is chock full of offensive one-liners and stereotypes. But does it even matter? Probably not since we’re taking this movie so lightly as we’re watching it. The story is predictable, mainly because the formula has been done before (many times), and done better in my opinion. It’s familiar to 2010′s The Other Guys and tries to be the female cop-buddy staple, but doesn’t quite get there. This isn’t to say it’s bad, because it’s not. There’s some witty writing and clever dialogue, just not enough of it. It’s one of those movies you go to simply because you know it’s going to be a good time. That’s what this film offers. It’s fun, funny at times, crazy and not afraid to do anything for a laugh (like comparing a man’s privates to Tic-Tacs). With all of this being said, there’s too much familiar territory in The Heat to make it stand out on its own as something unique or intriguing. (2.5 out of 5)