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Movie Review: The Heat

By Edited Sep 27, 2016 0 0

Certificate 15, 117 minutes

Director: Paul Feig

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael McDonald, Melissa McCarthy

In The Heat Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock, Gravity, Minions) is a know it all, tightly wound, by the book FBI agent working out of the New York field office. She is looking for a promotion to become head of the field office, as her current boss is being promoted himself. Unfortunately, despite her success rate, which is the highest in the office, she is not popular with her fellow agents due to her high level of arrogance, lack of ability at being a team player and fairly poor people skills. This causes her boss to believe that she will have difficulties being the head of the field office.

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Ashburn is sent to Boston to investigate an unknown drug supplier in the area, who has been responsible for some pretty brutal killings, through his lieutenant Julian (Michael McDonald). In Boston, she is, against her own wishes, teamed up with Boston Police Detective Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). Mullins is a little trigger happy, keeps an arsenal at home and foul mouthed and swears a lot, unlike Ashburn who has problems saying any swear words - Mullins having more of an opposite problem. Mullins's colleagues don't dislike her like Ashburn's do; her colleagues are more afraid of her than anything else. It is Mullins's family that hates her.

The unlikely duo must set aside their differences, if they are to successfully catch their man. This is a pretty standard buddy plot movie. Initially the two hate each other but, by the end of the film, and with a few ups and downs in their developing relationship, they end up as the best of friends. Which comes as no surprise. One of the first "bonding" moments comes as the pair discuss Mullins's collection of guns and weapons. The difference between the two - the strat-laced, well dressed, by the book Ashburn, and the scruffy, foul mouthed, borderline violent Mullins - are an important part of the film. A buddy movie of this type would probably not work as well if the two main characters weren't so different.

The rest of the cast is there to provide a backdrop to Ashburn's and Mullins's relationship with each other. Most of them are fairly minor parts, but Julian is a quite creepy homicidal counterpart to them. Levy (Marlon Wayans) is a Boston FBI agent assigned to help Ashburn with background information, but she initially treats him as more of a skivvy than anything else. It's unusual to see one of the Wayans brothers in a comedy film that is actually funny, as that doesn't appear to be their strength, but then he is in a supporting role which isn't supposed to be directly funny, but more funny by association and interaction. There is quite a lot of foul language, especially as Mullins manages to get Ashburn swearing successfully by the end of the film. Watch for what could be considered to be a credits scene, but it is so close to the actual end of the film that you are unlikely to miss it. The Heat is a decent comedy film, even if the language is a bit on the crude side.
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