“The Heat”June 30th, 2013 at 10:54 am by Sy Becker under A Look at the Movies
1 hour 55 minutes
Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock
Just the idea of teaming Melissa McCarthy with Sandra Bullock as mismatched buddy cops must have sounded hilarious, but up on the screen, “The Heat” generates only a lukewarm response.
The picture’s premise sounds funnier than it actually is.
McCarthy’s the rambunctious Boston Detective, who doesn’t exactly hit it off with Bullock, the aloof FBI agent.
The nominal plot brings them together to crack a drug ring. McCarthy takes advantage of every opportunity to cut loose with her explosive personality, making a shambles out of correct Police procedure.
“The Heat” is her second straight comedy, where the Director depends too desperately on McCarthy’s quirky, flamboyant character to give the film a uniqueness it just doesn’t have.
Buddy cop comedies are a dime a dozen, and “The Heat” doesn’t break any new ground.
“The Heat” isn’t half the funny film it could have been. The stars were handed a flimsy story and left to fend for themselves.
For a buddy cop comedy suffering from arrested development, “The Heat” deserves a chilly two stars.
In the future when McCarthy and Bullock are confronted with inferior material, they should learn to say no…