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2 and 1/2 out of 4 stars
"The Heat" features Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as Mullins and Ashburn, a mismatched cop and federal agent working on a drug lord case. One is crass, sloppy and overly foul-mouthed (Mullins); the other is uptight, put-together and prefers not to cuss (Ashburn). McCarthy and Bullock play well off of one another, especially as their characters gradually grow to understand and appreciate each other, and to take on some of the traits of the other.
In addition to the strong performances of McCarthy and Bullock, a few of the actors with smaller roles deserve a mention as well. Michael McDonald (of "MadTV") and Marlon Wayans play against type as drug dealer and FBI agent. And it was delightful to see Jane Curtain, Michael Tucci and singer Joey McIntyre as members of officer Mullins' family, complete with thick Boston accents.
Director Paul Feig, who gave us the 2011 hit "Bridesmaids" (also featuring McCarthy), knows how to get the laughs. The script is loose enough to allow for some improvisation, and the results are mainly positive. However, it would have been nice to have less colorful language throughout (can't people be funny without dropping an F-bomb anymore?). The plot starts to wear a little thin toward the end, and Feig probably could have shaved fifteen minutes off the film's nearly two-hour running time to make a lighter, tighter movie. -- Paul Tate, Sugar Hill
2 out of 4 stars
This film throws two entirely different personalities and with special circumstances forces them to work together. Sarah Ashburn, played by Sandra Bullock, is an FBI agent with a knack for finding drugs and busting drug rings. With her unusual success rate, she's a showy "know-it-all" that other agents don't like to work with. Melissa McCarthy's character, Shannon Mullins, is a bawdy, what-you-see-is-what-you-get Boston detective with a high success rate of solving crimes, but their approaches are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum.
McCarthy has her unorthodox way of making the criminal pay personally for their crimes, (watch the scene with the husband pandering for a prostitute), and Bullock is more a "by the book," rule-following uptight personality. They work with each other and against each other at the same time, making the dynamics and dialogue between them the real highlight of this entertaining movie.
I've been anticipating this movie for months, and left the theater a little disappointed. It's still a decent and light comedy, especially for the $6 before noon price.
-- Cathryn Veal, Lawrenceville
2 out of 4 stars
If you combined the movies "Rush Hour" and "Bridesmaids," you would get "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It's a buddy-cop movie that is pretty cliched and very predictable and surprisingly wasn't that bad. All of the trailers for the movie looked horrible which is why I was expecting it to be bad. This movie did have me laughing consistently despite all the cliches and predictability. I liked the two characters played by Bullock and McCarthy because they had great chemistry with one another.
Don't expect that just because this movie stars two girls it's not going to be raunchy. This movie is a lot raunchier than a lot of the male-centric comedies I've seen this year because of McCarthy -- who is a force of nature. Her character can be a little annoying at first, but starts to get to be a lovable annoying after a while. There is a surprising amount of underlying depth between McCarthy and Bullock's characters which was why I enjoyed watching it. There were a couple of scenes where I thought they went way too far and that didn't seem to really fit in with the movie. Overall, it was a decently funny movie.
-- Brittany Wygladalski, Sugar Hill