Movie Review: The Heat (2013)

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FBI Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a highly skilled detective with a bitchy and condescending attitude that makes her very unpopular at the office. When a promotion is up, her boss tells her it might not happen because she is so unpopular, but that she still has a chance if she solves a case working with the Boston Police Department.

Another oddity is found at Boston PD – Detective Sharon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), whose detective skills is somewhat shadowed by her unconventional methods. Will the two unlikely partners solve the drug mystery and find the drug lord Larkin?

Rating: 5/10


I’ve been busy watching some really light hearted stuff recently; with everything that is going on in my life I really don’t need too much sadness right now. I thought The Heat would have some happy feels to it like Warm Bodies did, but alas, it did not.

I guess you can see from that rating that I didn’t like The Heat all that much. It is just too light-hearted. It is all about cops who never follow procedures, police brutality and general rudeness. The two lead stars are too talented to be caught in nonsense like this. I really don’t get why either Bullock or McCarthy needed this movie. Bullock is already established as a leading lady in some impressive movies and McCarthy IS a comedy actress but she can afford to choose roles where she isn’t always the dirty/unkempt person.

The movie’s retarded storyline could have been saved with a few simple things. If most of the police/FBI weren’t incompetent fools, if the drug dealers weren’t portrayed as silly things and if Sandra Bullock’s character had some sort or redeeming quality things would have been a lot better. Bullock seems very keen to play a washed out cop, and yet she fails to do it with the charm she did Miss Congeniality. I can’t even say she was prissy – the word prissy implicates something cute and annoying, yet she was just annoying.

Director Paul Feig also directed Bridesmaids, and I really hated that too, so I think it is a given that I should steer clear from his movies generally. The movie is two hours long, and it seems very stupid for any comedy to run such times.

Recommendation: Meh