The Heat

  • 15
  • Paul Feig (2013)
  • US / UK / Aus
  • 115 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Sandra Bullock and Bridesmaids scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy make an inspired double act in this hysterical cop comedy. It gets off to a wobbly start as, separately, each woman tries to negotiate her way through a man's world and bring a drugs lord to justice, but as soon as they pool resources it becomes a fluid, fun and wickedly foul-mouthed buddy flick. Though she's the bigger name, Bullock generously plays the straight "man" for the most part, although her gift for physical comedy is brilliantly employed, playing a prissy type knocked sideways by McCarthy's big, blustery schtick. The banter between the pair is cracking, and feels improvised, but one of the best scenes - the girls getting drunk at a dive bar - trades on visual gags and clever cutting by director Paul Feig (who also made Bridesmaids). The plot follows a standard formula, but the simple gender twist and great casting keep things sizzling.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sarah Ashburn
Sandra Bullock
Shannon Mullins
Melissa McCarthy
Hale
Demian Bichir
Levy
Marlon Wayans
Jason Mullins
Michael Rapaport
Mrs Mullins
Jane Curtin
Rojas
Spoken Reasons
Craig
Dan Bakkedahl
Adam
Taran Killam
Julian
Michael McDonald

Crew

Director
Paul Feig

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD
Released 26 Jul 2013
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent
Categories
Comedy
Drama