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Issue: Winter 2013

The Heat (2013) movie review

In Your Face Cops


It's no secret that none of the other agents like you.

Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a smart, observant, FBI agent and likes to showcase it. She's also ambitious and needs to close a case so high profile that her personal reputation won't count against her.

She travels to Boston to bring down a drug lord and finds herself partnered with another agent even harder to take: the big, brash, foul-mouthed street cop Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). Unlike Bullock's other buddy-cop movie Miss Congeniality 2, this time the cops must find a way for two type A personalities to coexist in order to catch the bad guy.

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Work with her or you can forget your promotion.

This is your standard buddy cop movie with lots of action, lots of foul language, but also lots of coarse female references. It's probably not for the gently-bred who want to see lady-like women who, if they must solve crime, do so while not offending notions of 1950s motherhood.

It's not high art, but take the ride with the characters and you'll see some good times.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 11 July 2013
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See also: The Proposal, The Net, Miss Congeniality, Miss Congeniality 2, The Lake House

Just the facts:

Title: The Heat (2013)
Written by: Katie Dippold
Directed by: Paul Feig
Running time: 117 mins
Rating: MA15+

The Players: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin

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