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‚??I‚??m intuitive,‚?Ě says Boston PD detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). ‚??I say what I feel. Take it or leave it.‚?Ě She‚??s talking to FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), the other half of this mismatched crime-fighting duo. Ashburn‚??s FBI career depends on a successful outcome in Boston, made difficult because Ashburn is by-the-book and Mullins is out-of-control. That‚??s the setup for ‚??The Heat,‚?Ě a female buddy-cop action/comedy.


Will Ashburn and Mullins catch Larkin, an elusive Boston drug-lord? Will female ‚??odd-couple‚?Ě cops bond? Will you be amused by McCarthy‚??s non-stop verbal vulgarities? Interested? See ‚??The Heat‚?Ě for answers.


The actors


Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy bring their comic skills to this over-the-top romp. Bullock is funny as Yale-educated, up-tight, prim, show-off FBI agent Sarah Ashburn in line for a promotion if she can work successfully with appalling, tough, foul-mouthed, street-smart Boston PD detective Shannon Mullins, enthusiastically played by improvisational comic Melissa McCarthy. Neither is a team-player. They don‚??t hit it off. ‚??Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of,‚?Ě says Bullock, assessing her partner‚??s mental state. ‚??I could put you in a bikini,‚?Ě says McCarthy to Bullock, ‚??and you‚??d still look like a bank teller.‚?Ě


Others in the cast include Michael Rapaport as Mullins‚?? ex-con brother Jason and Jane Curtin (in a cameo) as matriarch of their dysfunctional Boston Irish family. ‚??What kind of animal throws her own brother in jail?‚?Ě she says to her detective daughter. Demian Birchir is Captain Hale, Marlon Wayans is BPD detective Levy, and Tom Wilson is Captain Woods.


Other comments


‚??The Heat‚?Ě is a profane, female buddy-cop romp, deservedly rated ‚??R‚?Ě for pervasive language, crude content and violence. It‚??s unrelenting but, if you liked ‚??Bridesmaids‚?Ě and ‚??Identity Thief‚?Ě (both with McCarthy), you‚??ll like ‚??The Heat.‚?Ě Katie Dippold wrote the script and Paul Feig directed (he also directed ‚??Bridesmaids‚?Ě). Bullock and McCarthy are the film‚??s principal pleasures, skillfully playing opposite each other in full-throttle verbal and physical comedy. Feig directs for maximum humor, never mind plot improbabilities or McCarthy‚??s likely illegal, certainly unorthodox crime-fighting and interrogation techniques. ‚??You look like a Campbell-Soup kid who grew up to become an alcoholic,‚?Ě says frustrated bad guy to McCarthy. Despite their differences, Ashburn and Mullins bond, as the genre requires and, also true to the genre, there‚??s an explosion.


R-rated, ‚??The Heat‚?Ě runs 117 minutes. ‚??Thelma and Louise‚?Ě came out in 1991, but maybe now Hollywood is ready for films where lead actresses play opposite each other as men have been doing forever.


Final words


Bullock and McCarthy,


Buddy-cop romp, ‚??The Heat,‚?Ě


Crude, profane comedy,


Is this one on your beat?


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