Melissa McCarthy returns to the big screen today alongside Sandra Bullock in the new comedy, The Heat. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig directs the film, so naturally I went in expecting another hilarious comedy.
The story has Sandra Bullock reprise her role from Miss Congeniality 1 and 2 as the stuck up FBI agent Sarah Ashburn, while McCarthy plays her unlikely, rough around the edges partner Shannon Mullins. The two have been unwillingly paired up and assigned to catching a drug lord. The two clashing personalities make for a hilarious combination and while predictable, garnered many laughs from yours truly.
While Bullock has mastered the art of silliness, she was a bit boring this time around. This is largely due to the fact that, as mentioned above, she’s played this role before. My mom adorably asked me if the movie was a sequel to Miss Congeniality. She’s cute. Not surprisingly, it is McCarthy who steals the show with her over the top vulgarity, and uninhibited crudeness. If anything, The Heat succeeds in solidifying McCarthy as a comedy heavyweight. The film also includes some smaller roles from Marlon Wayans, MadTV’s Michael McDonald, and the wildly underused Jane Curtin, whose character I would have liked to see a lot more of.
While it’s certainly no Bridesmaids in terms of funny movies you can watch over and over again, The Heat was still a decent film. I found the humor to be over the top and silly, but that was expected. Bullock and McCarthy have excellent on screen chemistry, so if you were looking to add a little laugh to your weekend, I would definitely check this one out!
Movie Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars