The Heat Is On
Yeah, I know it’s kind of a corny title for my review of “The Heat,” but I couldn’t resist. Besides it’s kind of a tribute to another great cop comedy: “Beverly Hills Cop.” Because the title song was called “The Heat Is On.” Glenn Frey sang it. Get it! If not than stop reading my review and watch “Beverly Hills Cop” right now. One and two. You can skip the third it’s not really essential. Do it! This review can wait.
Four hours later….
For those returning from watching “Beverly Hills Cop” one and two, how awesome was that? Anyway let’s review “The Heat.” In what I believe is the funniest movie of the summer and the funniest movie since “Bridesmaids,” which was also directed by Paul Feig who directed this movie.
The film stars the incredibly gorgeous and talented Sandra Bullock as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, who is a by the books agent that is really unloved by just about everyone she knows. She’s unintentionally pompous and arrogant. In order to attempt to receive a promotion, she has to go to Boston, MA in order to uncover a drug ring. She runs into Detective Shannon Mullens (played by Melissa McCarthy) a tough as nails, bad-ass cop who goes to the most extreme lengths to catch and detain a perp. The two meet after Ashburn questions Mullen’s witness and arguments ensue. Hilariously I might add.
The two don’t blend well together. Ashburn is too by the books and too uptight while Mullens tries to break her of that in order to get the job done aggressively. Along the way, arrests are made, family reunions occur and all out war erupts as Ashburn and Mullens put aside differences and begin to work together as a cohesive unit.
Everything about this film works in the most amazing ways. The chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy is perfect as a great oil and water buddy cop team. The dialogue is quick witted and hilarious. You really don’t get any breaks between laughs either, it’s that consistent. The film also features several cameos and cast members that make up for the majority of the laughs as well. To sum it up, it’s fantastic!
In a summer filled with superheroes and disaster flicks, it’s good to see an R rated comedy that’s actually funny get the recognition it deserves. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go see it. If you have, see it again. I know I’m planning to. Just imagine what the blu-ray and DVD features are going to be like. All I can say is that I can’t wait for the sequel.
Overall score: 10 out of 10