Friday, July 12, 2013

The Heat - Movie Review

Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Damien Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin, Dan Bakkedahl, Taram Killam, Michael McDonald and Toby Hale.
Directed by Paul Feig.


This could have been a vehicle for Shelley Long and Bette Midler in 1987.  And I would have called this remake a little better.

All I want from this, all I can hope for, is that it be funny. Please just be funny.  And Melissa McCarthy doesn't disappoint.  Sandra Bullock gets some laughs, but she's mostly the foil for McCarthy, doing her thing.

Bullock plays an FBI agent, loathed by her co-workers, who goes to Boston to work on a case, and if she performs well there, she's a shoo-in for a promotion.  She has a run-in with a brash detective (McCarthy) and the two are "forced to work together" on the case. Personalities clash; hijinks ensue.

McCarthy was the funniest part of Bridesmaids and the least painful part of This Is 40, so she's someone who can elevate whatever material she's given.  I don't know how many of her actual laugh-lines were in the script or how much of it is just her riffing, but she has some good ones.

It's fun for what it is. Wish it'd been funnier, but it'll do.

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