Sometimes movies just play better a little better the second time around. "The Heat" is a female buddy comedy that on a fresh pass is just a goofy comedy that runs the joke a little farther then it needed to but still works because it is very aware of itself as a flat out dumb comedy.
"The Heat" has two sides of the worlds of law enforcement collide as an uptight and meticulous FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn(Sandra Bullock) is paired with testy and rough around the edges Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner; or even a friend for that matter.
As the follow up to director Paul Feig's "Bridesmaids", "The Heat" just feels like an overextended sketch comedy bit that gets dragged out way too long. At an epic 117 minutes, that's just way too long for a comedy and so many moments felt like they were getting dragged out trying to bleed the script dry for as many laughs as possible. The script from writer Katie Dippold, does have a small handful of fun moments but it has all been seen before and tries to take elements of the buddy cop film and drags them out a lot longer and much more uncomfortably then they truly need to be with jokes (about Boston in particular) that are long past their expiration date and just stupid. The editor's scissors needed to be out, as a much tighter film could have played substantially better than this overlong effort did, where the actors were simply trying to get as much blood out of this stone of a script that they possible could.
Sandra Bullock who is unquestionably a comedy veteran has difficulty playing it so straight, trying to be as uninteresting and mildly pathetic as possible. It wins us over eventually but a lot of it feels forced and unnatural as the narrative of these two anti-social law enforcement officers becoming unlikely friends comes across as a little awkward. Bullock to her credit tries to get as many laughs as she can out of the material but there are really only a handful of moments where I even cracked a smile. Melissa McCarthy handles herself a little better this time around as the material is more effective for her then the reprehensibly bad material in "Identity Thief" from earlier this year. The chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy is obvious, and they try their hardest to get some laughs out but the material is so basic and poorly executed that it just doesn't work.
Picture and sound quality on the Blu-Ray are top notch and special features include the theatrical version and an unrated cut, multiple behind the scenes featurettes, deleted, alternate and extended scenes, a blooper reel and 5 feature length commentary tracks include one from the cast of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 that takes makes fun it as Feig is obviously playing into some of the negative reviews the film got during its theatrical release, and kudos to him for being able to have a laugh at himself.
At the end of the day, "The Heat" has a little comedic heat that sticks around on the small screen but dissipated pretty darn fast on the big screen
3 out of 5 stars.