By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
According to tracking polls, women made up most of the audience to see “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy over its opening weekend.
That’s probably a missed opportunity. It’s basically an Eddie Murphy movie starring women as the foul-mouthed leads, which should be a win-win for guys when it comes to date movies.
“The Heat” is a buddy movie about two cops trying to stop a drug dealer with a nasty violent streak.
Ashburn (Bullock) is a by-the-book FBI agent who has trouble relating to other people. Mullins (McCarthy) does things her way with as many four-letter words as possible, but there’s no denying her results.
The oddball pair get thrown together to protect the good people of Boston. They’re not fast friends, but they share an appreciation for weaponry. They also have an obligatory bonding session in a seedy bar, where Ashburn discovers that she might actually have a wild side.
Most of the other characters are there for Mullins to make fun of, though some make fun of Ashburn.
It was good to see Jane Curtin of “Saturday Night Live” fame in a limited role as Mullins’ mom. She gets a couple of good laughs.
You might recognize Tom Wilson from his turn as Biff in the “Back to the Future” movie. He plays Mullins’ boss in “The Heat,” and their relationship lets the audience know for sure this movie is all about having a good time.
The plot isn’t complicated, and writer Katie Dippold isn’t interested in police procedure. On the plus side, the laughs keep coming from start to finish with only a few lulls.
I’ve found McCarthy’s humor to be an acquired taste, but by the end of the film she had me on her side. Bullock is America’s oddball sweetheart, and I doubt that will ever change.
“The Heat” isn’t a great movie, but it could be a date movie. I give it a B.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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Kelil Karlson, Wizard 106.7: ‘It has lots and lots of strong language, but I laughed until it hurt.’