Synopsis: Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner — or a friend for that matter.
Release Date: April 5, 2013
Thoughts: Since winning her Oscar for The Blind Side in 2009 Sandra Bullock has kept a low profile in Hollywood. With a supporting role in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, she dipped her toe back in the cinema pond to good results and 2013 will bring two high profile projects for her. Gravity, an anticipated collaboration with George Clooney has been delayed to later in the year so that leaves us with The Heat.
Oh boy, this one looks like a rough one.
Reuniting the director of Bridesmaids (Paul Feig) with the true breakout star of that film (Melissa McCarthy) seems like a slam dunk…but if the trailer is any indication we are in for a laughless retread of any number of cop/buddy films. I recall that this film was made in a very short window that McCarthy had between projects and it has the whiff of a harried mess. McCarthy has another wack-o comedy out in February (Identity Thief) so who knows, the final product could play on the comedic strengths of both actresses but right now The Heat gets a cool reception from this reviewer.