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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.
EPPLER'S RATING: * *
Out of five stars