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Review: Raunchy Buddy-cops Bring on “The Heat”

BY ALYSSA HOLCOMB

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are arguably two of today’s funniest leading ladies in their own right. Naturally, putting the two together in a raunchy buddy-cop flick written by Katie Dippold (MADtv, Parks and Recreation) and directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), seemed like a match made in comedic heaven – and, for those who prefer dirty jokes to deep dramas on their summer cinema ticket, it is!

The Heat stars Bullock as Sarah Ashburn, an uptight and slightly odd FBI detective on a case in Boston to prove to her boss that she’s ready for a promotion. McCarthy is Shannon Mullins, a rough-and-tumble Boston PD detective with questionable (and sometimes unsanitary) tactics. The two are determined to find a dangerous drug lord, but neither expected to have help in the matter from a partner – or find a friend in the process.

Bullock and McCarthy play off of each other nicely – Bullock’s subtle expressions combined with McCarthy’s over-the-top physicality make for a well-suited team. Many of the jokes in the film focus on Mullins’ criticisms of Ashburn, with McCarthy exhibiting a bite similar to that of her character in Bridesmaids.

Melissa McCarthy & Sandra Bulloch; courtesy of theheatmovie.com

One scene in particular takes place at a bar where the duo does some bonding while becoming increasingly inebriated; the off-kilter antics of their drunken escapades are simple and silly, but the way Bullock and McCarthy show them off make it the perfect example of how their subtle yet effective chemistry works.

Also featured in the film is Michael Rapaport as one of McCarthy’s brothers, Thomas F. Wilson (Biff from Back To The Future) as McCarthy’s Boston Police captain, the surprisingly quiet Marlon Wayans as a coy FBI agent, and current Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam as a DEA agent.

In fact, comedian cameos abound in semi-dramatic roles including Michael McDonald (from MADtv, where he also starred with Killam), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Dan Bakkedahl & Nate Corddry (The Daily Show), and Jane Curtain (an original SNL cast member and star of 3rd Rock From The Sun). Curtain plays McCarthy’s disapproving mother alongside Michael Tucci as her father (Grease). And since the story takes place in Boston, there’s even a cameo from New Kids On The Block singer Joey McIntyre as one of McCarthy’s loud Southie brothers.

L-R: “Gina” (Jessica Chaffin), “Gina’s Boobs” (Jessica Chaffin’s Boobs), Rock104.com’s Stephanie Matarazzo, and “Beth” (Jamie Denbo).

Also part of McCarthy’s Mullins clan is the comedic duo of Jessica Chaffin (The Real Housewives of South Boston) and Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly, with Chaffin). ROCK104.com’s Glenn Richards interviewed the ladies (in character, I might add) as part of a promotional tour for The Heat that brought them to Gainesville for an advance screening. You can experience some of the duo’s improv comic talents (learned as part of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater) during the interview, here:

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Movie goers nationwide will be able to feel The Heat when it hits theaters on June 28th. For more information, check out the flick’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHeatMovie?fref=ts.

“The Heat” Red Band Trailer (NSFW)

“The Heat” Official Trailer

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