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Review: The Heat

Jun. 28, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: An uptight FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) is paired up with a crazy Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) in order to take down a violent drug lord.

REVIEW: I had high hopes for THE HEAT. It should have been good. It’s director Paul Feig’s follow-up to BRIDESMAIDS which was one of my favorite movies of 2011 and the film that made a star out of Melissa McCarthy, who he’s reteamed with here. Bringing Sandra Bullock on board- herself riding a career high after winning an Oscar for THE BLIND SIDE- seemed like an inspired choice. Most importantly, the red-band trailer was funny. Really funny. What happened?

It’s amazing how the same jokes that worked in a frenetic two minute trailer (“are we engaged? Because you just gave me a ring muthf*cka!”) can just fall flat cut into a close to two-hour comedy. Despite the talent both behind and in front of the camera, THE HEAT really doesn’t work at all. Both McCarthy and Bullock try their best to wring a few laughs out of the material, and occasionally succeed, but overall this is just a mess.

THE HEAT just drags and drags, spending way too much time on a drug caper no one will care about, and pretty much disappeared from my memory five minutes after the credits started to roll. Feig seems to be trying to make Bullock and McCarthy into a new buddy-cop team to be reckoned with, but tonally this seems off. Most of the time THE HEAT is meant as a broad comedy, with both stars playing up the comedy (which in itself seems like a problem, as you need a “straight person” rather than two “funny ones”). Then, THE HEAT takes a detour into action movie territory with a mean spirited henchman, a gruesome torture scene, and occasional blasts of violence that are jarring in such an otherwise light movie. And what’s with the obsession these days with shooting bad guys in the groin? Wasn’t that already done in 21 JUMP STREET? And then they mix dopey comedy and physical gags into the violence, making for an awkward, off-putting mix.

In its defense, THE HEAT certainly isn’t too much of an ordeal to sit through, but it’s hopelessly mediocre. It has a few moments of inspired lunacy. The best part of the film all revolve around McCarthy’s blue-collar Boston family, with her older brother played by Michael Rappaport being tied to the drug-dealing baddies. Jane Curtin is funny as her foul-mouthed mother, who drives around listening to (what else?) Boston’s ‘More than a Feeling’. Joey McIntyre (that’s right) from New Kids on the Block, is hilarious as her family’s most profane member. In another bit of “outside the box” casting that really works, Thomas F. Wilson (BIFF!) from BACK TO THE FUTURE shows up as McCarthy’s brow-beaten boss, and he gets a lot of THE HEAT’s funniest lines, all delivered in a low-key, offhand way that’s the subtlest and most effective humor in the film.

It’s a real drag giving THE HEAT a bad review as I was really hoping Feig and McCarthy would be able to pull this off. McCarthy deserves better big-screen vehicles than this and IDENTITY THIEF, while Bullock seems game to poke fun at herself (and at forty-nine she looks at least a decade younger). THE HEAT had potential, but it’s no LETHAL WEAPON, or more appropriately for the tone, 21 JUMP STREET. It has more in common with bad nineties comedies like V.I WARSHAWSKI. Too bad, this could have been a nice bit of counter-programing.

Extra Tidbit: If GRAVITY's as good as I'm hearing, Bullock could find herself with another Oscar.
Source: JoBlo.com

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4:45AM on 07/04/2013

Very Funny

I personally thought this movie was hilarious. I was laughing even louder than my wife. I honestly don't get the McCarthy hate, she's a very funy actress with great comedic timing.
I personally thought this movie was hilarious. I was laughing even louder than my wife. I honestly don't get the McCarthy hate, she's a very funy actress with great comedic timing.
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5:43PM on 06/30/2013
Disagree. Great film. Funny and well acted by both Bullock and McCarthy. Both are hilarious here. It's not an original movie by far, but it is a good buddy cop film with the female leads. The jokes here worked and I laughed consistently, as did most of the people in my theater. It was a pleasant, summer comedy, a lot more entertaining than I would have thought before.
Disagree. Great film. Funny and well acted by both Bullock and McCarthy. Both are hilarious here. It's not an original movie by far, but it is a good buddy cop film with the female leads. The jokes here worked and I laughed consistently, as did most of the people in my theater. It was a pleasant, summer comedy, a lot more entertaining than I would have thought before.
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11:23AM on 06/29/2013

Pretty funny

My wife has been wanting to see this for a while, and she almost never looks forward to movies, so I took her to see it last night. I was expecting this to be bad, but it was actually pretty funny! There are a few times where it tries too hard to have a heart, some of the shifts in tone are a little off, and it should've been cut a little shorter, but overall I had good time. And of course my wife LOVED it (we have completely different tastes in movies). But it really was pretty funny. I
My wife has been wanting to see this for a while, and she almost never looks forward to movies, so I took her to see it last night. I was expecting this to be bad, but it was actually pretty funny! There are a few times where it tries too hard to have a heart, some of the shifts in tone are a little off, and it should've been cut a little shorter, but overall I had good time. And of course my wife LOVED it (we have completely different tastes in movies). But it really was pretty funny. I give it 7/10.
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4:52AM on 06/29/2013
Bridesmaids was easily the most overrated movie to come out that summer. SO this review doesn't really surprise me. I am a bit baffled though because I have ready other positive reviews about the chemistry & the not afraid to go there approach to the comedic scenes. I do love me some Sandra Bullock & looks as sexy as ever, i mean look at that last pic? This looks too much like the R rated version of her Miss Congeniality films and I don't really care for McCarthy also.
Bridesmaids was easily the most overrated movie to come out that summer. SO this review doesn't really surprise me. I am a bit baffled though because I have ready other positive reviews about the chemistry & the not afraid to go there approach to the comedic scenes. I do love me some Sandra Bullock & looks as sexy as ever, i mean look at that last pic? This looks too much like the R rated version of her Miss Congeniality films and I don't really care for McCarthy also.
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4:34PM on 06/28/2013
Review clearly state it's a bad movie then give it a 5, I think a 4 would be more appropriate, over the last few years 5 has gone from a passing score to a failing score. But 5/10 is 50% and if you get 50% that's a passing mark?
Review clearly state it's a bad movie then give it a 5, I think a 4 would be more appropriate, over the last few years 5 has gone from a passing score to a failing score. But 5/10 is 50% and if you get 50% that's a passing mark?
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7:42PM on 06/28/2013
In what world is 50% a passing mark? a 50% is an F and an F is failing.. I think 6/10 is the lowest I see for movies that have something positive going for it.. 5/10 is just a bad movie and anything below ranges from horrible to complete and utter shit (in my opinion, of course).
In what world is 50% a passing mark? a 50% is an F and an F is failing.. I think 6/10 is the lowest I see for movies that have something positive going for it.. 5/10 is just a bad movie and anything below ranges from horrible to complete and utter shit (in my opinion, of course).
2:11PM on 06/28/2013

couple things

what i don't get is why people assume that paul feig, who made one marginally funny and very overlong film in 'bridesmaids' is suddenly a comedic film director to be reckoned with. and while mccarthy is funny in small roles, she needs to find a different groove or she's going to be played out pretty soon. she does the same thing in every movie and it's getting tiresome. 'i'm going to go to your house and get your dog and stick a pipe in its butt and blow it up and then i'm going to do the same
what i don't get is why people assume that paul feig, who made one marginally funny and very overlong film in 'bridesmaids' is suddenly a comedic film director to be reckoned with. and while mccarthy is funny in small roles, she needs to find a different groove or she's going to be played out pretty soon. she does the same thing in every movie and it's getting tiresome. 'i'm going to go to your house and get your dog and stick a pipe in its butt and blow it up and then i'm going to do the same thing to your mother. that's what i'm going to do, and then i'm going to do it to you' in the same checked out monotone voice. getting old fast. she needs to find a new layer or she'll be forgotten in a couple years. good, fair review.
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4:20PM on 06/28/2013
It's called the "shift" key.
It's called the "shift" key.
7:03PM on 06/28/2013
thanks. i totally have heard of it, i just don't like to use it. your concern is appreciated though.
thanks. i totally have heard of it, i just don't like to use it. your concern is appreciated though.
12:07PM on 06/28/2013
Glad to see not the only one that is not really digging this movie, but it's going to make BANK
Glad to see not the only one that is not really digging this movie, but it's going to make BANK
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11:37AM on 06/28/2013
I'm sorry, but I found this flick to be a great time. Bullock and McCarthy were fantastic, and their chemistry was terrific. I also found the pacing to be engaging, and it definitely didn't feel two hours.
I'm sorry, but I found this flick to be a great time. Bullock and McCarthy were fantastic, and their chemistry was terrific. I also found the pacing to be engaging, and it definitely didn't feel two hours.
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11:09AM on 06/28/2013
I will not be surprised if other reviews follow this tone. Pleasant and amicable as Sandra Bullock is, I just don't get her appeal as an actress. And I still don't understand why she won an Oscar. Melissa McCarthy seems really charming and fun in real life, but how many gruff, butch ladies does she need to interpret? I had no interest in this movie and this review only confirmed my disinterest.
I will not be surprised if other reviews follow this tone. Pleasant and amicable as Sandra Bullock is, I just don't get her appeal as an actress. And I still don't understand why she won an Oscar. Melissa McCarthy seems really charming and fun in real life, but how many gruff, butch ladies does she need to interpret? I had no interest in this movie and this review only confirmed my disinterest.
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9:40AM on 06/28/2013
Sounds as bad as the very over-rated Bridesmaids....only positive this one has Bullock
Sounds as bad as the very over-rated Bridesmaids....only positive this one has Bullock
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8:45AM on 06/28/2013
I just don't think Melissa McCarthy is that funny. Hypothetically, if it's Sandra Bullock and, say, Ryan Reynolds, this might be another hit. Yes, I love "The Proposal".
I just don't think Melissa McCarthy is that funny. Hypothetically, if it's Sandra Bullock and, say, Ryan Reynolds, this might be another hit. Yes, I love "The Proposal".
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8:43AM on 06/28/2013

hate to say it

but i saw this review coming a mile away. This movie never looked good to me. I dont like Sandra Bullock, and i like Melissa McCarthy but her movies have all be pretty bad. Lets just hope each of their next projects is better (including Feig)
but i saw this review coming a mile away. This movie never looked good to me. I dont like Sandra Bullock, and i like Melissa McCarthy but her movies have all be pretty bad. Lets just hope each of their next projects is better (including Feig)
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8:33AM on 06/28/2013
I'd rather jerk-off with a cheese grater than watch this.
I'd rather jerk-off with a cheese grater than watch this.
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8:45AM on 06/28/2013
That's gotta hurt!
That's gotta hurt!
2:13PM on 06/28/2013
funny, man, i was JUST doing that!
funny, man, i was JUST doing that!
8:29AM on 06/28/2013
Is it me or has Melissa McCarthy ALREADY ran her course?
Is it me or has Melissa McCarthy ALREADY ran her course?
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4:26AM on 06/28/2013
Eh. The trailer seemed to repetitive, and overplayed at the theaters I was going. Too bad this was a let down according to you. I'll probably wait.
Eh. The trailer seemed to repetitive, and overplayed at the theaters I was going. Too bad this was a let down according to you. I'll probably wait.
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3:59AM on 06/28/2013
Throw Melissa in movie jail!
Throw Melissa in movie jail!
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1:59AM on 06/28/2013
When I heard about this movie, I thought based onwhat I saw in the trailer and read.,...that it would be a good funny comedy....not a down the road classic, but a good comedy none the less. Now I heard the movie sucks...well I am not that surprised...Melissa McCarthy cant keep playing the same character over and over because it wears out fast....Two..Sandra Bullock, I love that you do comedies. but your characters need more depth to them...I feel like your HEAT character is almost no different
When I heard about this movie, I thought based onwhat I saw in the trailer and read.,...that it would be a good funny comedy....not a down the road classic, but a good comedy none the less. Now I heard the movie sucks...well I am not that surprised...Melissa McCarthy cant keep playing the same character over and over because it wears out fast....Two..Sandra Bullock, I love that you do comedies. but your characters need more depth to them...I feel like your HEAT character is almost no different than your Miss Congenality character...pretty soon nobody is going to care and will wait for your drama roles instead.
Its too bad this movie doesnt work well, because the world needs a good FEMALE buddy cop movie to break the mold...after all , the only good classic example is Cagney and Lacey.
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12:28AM on 06/28/2013
A masterpiece like this and Sandra Bullock was voted NOT guilty for movie jail????
A masterpiece like this and Sandra Bullock was voted NOT guilty for movie jail????
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1:08AM on 06/28/2013
THANK YOU!!!!! Amen to that PirateNinja!
THANK YOU!!!!! Amen to that PirateNinja!
7:37AM on 06/28/2013
'Gravity' still looks awesome.
'Gravity' still looks awesome.
7:59AM on 06/28/2013
She gets a pass because of Speed and Demolition Man. Haha!
She gets a pass because of Speed and Demolition Man. Haha!
12:22AM on 06/28/2013
This movie and IDENTITY THIEF just don't do anything for me really. I'm sorry but I didn't laugh once during the trailers. It seems like McCarthy is just following the same schtick in all of her films post-BRIDESMAIDS. Just because she and Feig re-teamed doesn't mean lightning will strike twice. I'll reserve further judgement once it hits Redbox. In the meantime, I'll check out a buddy movie that looks a lot more fun: WHITE HOUSE DOWN suckas!
This movie and IDENTITY THIEF just don't do anything for me really. I'm sorry but I didn't laugh once during the trailers. It seems like McCarthy is just following the same schtick in all of her films post-BRIDESMAIDS. Just because she and Feig re-teamed doesn't mean lightning will strike twice. I'll reserve further judgement once it hits Redbox. In the meantime, I'll check out a buddy movie that looks a lot more fun: WHITE HOUSE DOWN suckas!
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12:12AM on 06/28/2013
Man hating bull shit movie. An hour and a half of men being kicked (and worse) in the balls for no real reason.
Man hating bull shit movie. An hour and a half of men being kicked (and worse) in the balls for no real reason.
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