Eppler: 'The Heat' is a burnout

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Updated: 7/01/2013 10:57 am

On Twitter: @JamesEppler

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are both very talented, funny actresses who deserve a lot better than "The Heat." So do we, for that matter.

While it's refreshing to see an buddy cop comedy fueled by female chemistry, the script fails them with a story that doesn't always make much sense, and a lot of awkward scenes that go nowhere.

Bullock is a high strung FBI agent forced to work with McCarthy's crude and aggressive Boston cop to take down a drug kingpin. They have very different approaches.

"The Heat" works best when it plays upon male-dominated cop drama stereotypes, and sometimes literally turns them upside down.

The biggest problem with "The Heat" is how much it relies on a formula for laughs - McCarthy says something wildly offensive or shocking, and Bullock reacts to it. It gets old in a hurry, but there are smatterings of scenes that work really well.

I worry McCarthy is putting herself in a box with these same types of roles, but at least Bullock is a nice foil. I want more of these kinds of movies, but in the end, "The Heat" is a burnout.


Out of five stars

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