One of the jobs of a movie reviewer is to review the bad movies, as well as the good; but when I saw the trailer from “The Heat,” I thought that I might better spend my time watching a cooking show (even though I don’t cook). Well, I bellied up to the bar to digest it and I have to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised.
Buttoned-up FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) has a problem working with other people, so her boss sends her to Boston to solve a case chasing down a drug kingpin. The case is already being worked by foul-mouthed, sloppy policewoman Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) who resents Ashburn’s involvement, but nevertheless she is ordered by her superior to share the case. The result is a slapstick cop-buddy story that has the two of them playing off each other like Abbot and Costello with x-rated language. But the language is not only x-rated; it is actually funny. One of the catches is that Mullins cursing can make a sailor blush, while Ashburn doesn’t have a clue how to do it; and when she attempts to do it, she makes a fool of herself.
If you’re sensitive to ethnic and racial slanders, I would suggest not watching this; but there are some hilarious moments. One scene has Mullins reciting a mouthful of zingers with an albino DEA agent, and another scene has the Mullins family sitting around admiring pictures of Jesus hitting a home run with a Red Sox uniform on. It all sounds a bit juvenile, but it works. As far as the plot goes about chasing the drug kingpin, it doesn’t even matter; it is just a cover for the stunts. I am not a person that enjoys cussing, just for the sake of cussing ─ but in this case it is comic. Thumbs up, but don’t bring the kids. (Rated R.)
My Rating: 3 of 5 Vulgarities.