The Paul Feig-directed buddy comedy, “The Heat,” is a formulaic and predictable film, but it’s the work of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy that makes it recommendable. Never has there been a buddy comedy that involves two women; it’s always the men who take charge. And while we see some good ones (“Lethal Weapon”), the formula has grown tiresome over the years. Sure, “The Heat” doesn’t bring much new to the genre, but that is all forgiven with the chemistry of its two main stars.
McCarthy is the foul-mouthed Boston police officer, Shannon Mullins, who makes sure things go her way every time. Bullock is Sarah Ashburn, an FBI special agent from New York who is looking to get a promotion. Ashburn relocates to Boston to team with the police department in taking down a drug lord.
The script calls for McCarthy to be a little too profane, but she never holds herself back. We’re so used to seeing her in this type of role (“Bridesmaids,” “Identity Thief”), but she delivers her lines with a sharp tongue. Bullock is brilliant as the arrogant Ashburn, who can’t even come close to spewing profanity as easily as Mullins. And when she does, it comes across as awkward and hilarious.
The sound and picture are both perfect on Blu-ray. The unrated version only has a few extra scenes, but since the film was R-rated in the first place, it almost comes across as unnecessary.
“The Heat” comes with a lot – and I mean A LOT – of special features. Several of the last Blu-rays I’ve received for review purposes have been scarce in the features section. This is definitely not one of them. There are many different blooper clips; a lot of extended, deleted, and alternate scenes; and five different commentaries from people – including Feig; Bullock and McCarthy; and the guys from “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
For the fans of “The Heat,” this is definitely worth the purchase.
Special features: A+