Synopsis (from the studio): Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected…buddies.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- I thought Bullock and McCarthy had a reasonable amount of chemistry as Ashburn and Mullins. They weren’t always great in their scenes together, but most of the time they played off each other fairly well. They were fun to watch.
- I know it’s kind of lazy to make a character “funny” just by cursing nonstop (especially at inappropriate times), but I thought it fit McCarthy. I laughed several times during her dialogue, not necessarily because the words were hilarious but because the delivery was.
- Call me a sap, but I thought the yearbook inscription was a nice touch. Obviously in this kind of formulaic movie, the two women were destined to be friends at the end, so that wasn’t any kind of surprise. But I liked how the friendship notion was conveyed.
- Okay, Mullins bringing Ashburn her “cat” made me laugh.
- I can’t even begin to tell you what the main plot was about. I think it had something to do with drugs, but I can’t be 100 percent sure. Then again, in a film like this, I guess the case is incidental to just following the partners around and watching their shenanigans.
- It’s hard to believe that in this day and age there are people so uptight as to not use any curse words at all. Unless she was deeply, devoutly religious, what reason would there be for a 40-something woman like Ashburn to dance around “the F word” like that?
- The stuff with Mullins’ family was boring and unnecessary, IMO. Just cut those scenes and shave 10 minutes off the running time.
I wasn’t expecting a hard-hitting story or amazing character development when I rented The Heat. I only wanted to be entertained and have a few laughs on an otherwise boring Saturday night. When held to that low bar, the movie was just fine. I give it 3 stars out of 5.