2013 has not been a great year for movies starring women. However, two of the most successful movies of the year have starred Sandra Bullock. One is "Gravity," and the other is "The Heat," which was recently released on Blu-ray.
The movie stars Bullock as Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent who sees an opportunity for a promotion. Because Sarah tends to act brash, her male colleagues do not like her, and her boss says he will only consider her for the job if she goes to Boston to help bring down a drug lord. In Boston, she is teamed with Shannon Mullins (played by Melissa McCarthy), who is also not liked by her colleagues. Shannon is unpopular because she is ill-tempered and absurdly confrontational. At first, the ambitious Sarah does not want to work with the stubborn Bostonian, but she does since Shannon’s local knowledge will clearly give her an investigative advantage. As they work together, they learn to respect each other more.
The story line for this film is the standard buddy-movie formula. Usually, these movies, such as “Rush Hour,” feature two male leads and like this movie, they start out hating each other, but grow to like each other.
Despite this unoriginal story, the movie is still worth watching because it has a lot of laughs, and at least we can see women carry a movie. Also, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are very good in their roles. They show that their characters are not perfect, but they are still very good at their jobs.
This movie should not be viewed by people who do not like vulgarity as it proves women can be just as distasteful and crude as men.