Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Article first published as Movie Review: ‘The Heat’ on Blogcritics.
Just a few weeks ago, some people witnessed the attempt by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to recapture their Wedding Crashers lightning in a bottle. Now director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is out to do the same thing with the The Heat. Ironically, both films are brought to us by 20th Century Fox, but only one film is audiences bound to seek out. While Feig may not have the comedic heavyweight writing of Kristen Wiig behind the screenplay, stars Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock make sure The Heat never fizzles.
I assure you that while Bullock may be playing an FBI agent, this is definitely not Miss Congeniality 3. This is also the most likeable Sandra Bullock has been in years. For anyone who thought they’d had enough of Melissa McCarthy after Identity Thief, don’t worry, she’s as funny as ever here. And Feig should be given some kind of award for managing to make Marlon Wayans almost charming. There are tons of hilarious cameos scattered throughout — including Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold — working as a mash up of Feig and Dippold’s yesteryears from MadTV to Freaks & Geeks.
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