The Heat is on. No, I’m not talking about the Miami Heat. That ship has sailed off into the sunset. “The Heat” is a cop comedy starring Sandra Bullock as Ashburn, an uptight FBI agent, and Melissa McCarthy as Mullins, a foul-mouthed, no-nonsense Boston detective; a classic “odd couple” pairing to bring down a drug lord. This hilarious movie starts off with Ashburn leading a drug raid while all the other agents can’t stand her cocky attitude and unapproachable demeanor. Jump cut immediately to McCarthy catching a man trying to pick up a prostitute who takes his phone and calls his wife to tattle on him. The supporting cast tries their best to keep up with McCarthy and Bullock’s impressive comedic timing throughout the whole film, but the only one who comes close (and only from time to time) is Marlon Wayans.
“The Heat” is just another example of Melissa McCarthy’s comedic and improvisational genius. You will laugh so hard you’re gonna have to give the movie another run because of the jokes you’re guaranteed to miss. Despite one hilarious scene after another, McCarthy and Bullock each have dramatic scenes that seem to come out of nowhere throughout the movie. You gotta have them even though they may not feel like they fit. Random moments of drama notwithstanding, “The Heat” is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen Melissa McCarthy in since “Bridesmaids”, and Sandra Bullock more than holds her own going toe-to-toe with one of the funniest women I’ve ever seen on film.
Take a load off and laugh yourself silly with this movie.