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The Heat – Movie Review

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Rating: C+

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The Heat definitely won’t win any best comedy awards this year, but it’s not too bad either. The film is entertaining, but only in the mildest sense possible. There are some funny scenes here and there, but none of them are particularly innovative.

The Heat follows the story of overly confident FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) who crosses paths with foulmouthed Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) when the two are partnered for an investigation in Boston. Shannon and Sarah clash inevitably over their vastly different philosophies when it comes to detective work — with McCarthy’s cop character being more rugged and violent than Bullock’s stiff and by-the-book FBI agent. Eventually, of course, the two decide to set their difference aside in order to take down a dangerous drug kingpin, but that proves to be more difficult than they thought.

In terms of casting, The Heat would’ve probably fared much better without the presence of McCarthy. First of all, her character in the film is very similar to the one she played in Identity Thief — hard and rude on the surface, but kind on the inside — and McCarthy’s performance reflect that. Secondly, after her first few mishaps and unconventional use of force early on in The Heat, her charms wear off unexpectedly quickly due to an incredibly redundant performance.

Overall, this heart-warming story with a little swearing on the side is a little too typical for its own good, which makes for a somewhat uninspired and predictable film. There are plenty of other must-see movies out there, so we suggest skipping on this one until you have nothing else to watch.

The Heat will become available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 15.

Review By: Dewald Jacobs

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