ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY The Heat★★★★ Premiere 9.00-11.25pm C4
Melissa McCarthy is an unstoppable force. Until recently, she was purely known to US TV audiences for sitcom Mike & Molly, but a barnstorming supporting role in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids launched her on an international audience. Since then, she’s been permanently top-billed in the likes of Identity Thief, Tammy, Spy and this police/FBI parody directed by Feig, in which her Boston cop buddies up with Sandra Bullock’s prissy, by-the-book agent with bawdily hilarious consequences. A drug underworld plot is credibly worked up by witty screenwriter Katie Dippold (TV’s Parks & Recreation), but the funniest dialogue is improvised by the two stars out of a chemistry that’s hard to put a price on. Physical, funny, but ultimately sweet (everybody learns lessons), they dance, they dangle suspects off fire escapes, and were they both not so busy, it would make a terrific TV series. McCarthy co-stars in Feig’s forthcoming Ghostbusters remake due out in July.
Harrison Ford’s hero may be older, craggier and his clothes a bit looser-fitting, but world-weariness was always part of his charm. This time he’s up against those pesky Russians as his search for the fabled Crystal Skull of Akator takes him to the Amazonian jungle.
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