2013's Most Anticipated: The Heat

44. The Heat (R) - Runtime: 117 minutes
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy
Director: Paul Feig
Writer: Katie Dippold

I really like buddy cop movies. Hot Fuzz is one of my favorites, but I've enjoyed The Other Guys, Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys - they're all great. What's great about these movies is they blend action and comedy together so effortlessly. And with The Heat, it manages to bring a healthy amount of jokes, but as far as action and pacing goes, it's lacking.

I honestly don't remember too much from the plot, just that Sandra Bullock plays an uptight bitch and brown nosing FBI agent who is hated by all of her colleagues. McCarthy is the complete opposite (duh) - a cop who doesn't follow the rulebook and is constantly questioning and ridiculing her superiors. Their pairing - to take down a drug lord - works well. McCarthy has a lot of great lines and Bullock plays the pantsuit-loving agent to a T.

It's just...well, there's something lacking in this movie. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just didn't hit the right notes. There wasn't a whole lot of physical comedy in the movie, but it seemed like it needed more. And as far as the plot goes, it could have been better. I just didn't really care all that much about what was going to happen - which is bad. In this kind of movie you need to be invested not only in the characters, but the plot.

There's a few wasted scenes, too. When the two cops bust into a prostitute's apartment to question her, all of the jokes fell flat. It just wasn't funny and seemed like a waste of time. There's a few other scenes like that where the jokes and plot don't really mesh together that well. The characters are really well written and acted, it's just too bad they're wasted during half the movie. While The Heat is a fun movie, it's not going to enter the pantheon of great buddy cop movies. It's worth checking out though, just for the laughs.

Rating: Rent It!

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