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The Heat

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The Heat

Paul Feig (2013)

115min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

An uptight, ambitious FBI agent is sent to Boston to bring a notorious drug kingpin to justice. She ends up forced to team up with a rebellious, foul-mouthed local police detective who has a very different attitude to law enforcement but shares her inability to work with others. Action comedy, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Paul Feig
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 26 Jul 2013

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