I love going to the movies, but I’m choosy on what films I watch. While my sister Jane is visiting from Napa California, I’ve been taking her and little sister, Lucy, to see as many movies as we can during Jane’s visit. So far, we’ve seen: The Lone Ranger, which we all loved; Despicable Me 2, which was good; Man of Steel, which was a big disappointment; World War Z, which we absolutely loved even though Jane screamed throughout the movie. The other people in the audience began to throw popcorn at her. The other day, the sisters went to the movies to see The Heat. Did we like the movie? Find out after the jump.
The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is produced by Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping and directed by Paul Feig. Now I love Sandra Bullock and will watch any movie that she stars in, but I had reservations about watching a movie which included Melissa McCarthy. Although her performance on the small screen is very good, for example in “Gilmore Girls” and “Mike & Molly”, her roles on film have left me lukewarm. Her characters are always foul-mouthed and rude with large servings of obnoxious. Why? Why does Hollywood do this? Are you telling me that the only way Hollywood can portray an actress or actor, who happens to be larger than a freaking toothpick, is as an obnoxious cussing loudmouth? Hey Hollywood! Start thinking outside the box! I was turned off by Melissa’s roles in both Bridesmaids and Identity Thief. I don’t care if you liked the films, some of her humor was embarrassing, but what the hell, I went to see The Heat, anyway.
Sandra Bullock plays FBI special agent, Sarah Ashburn, who is very good at her job; maybe a little too good. She’s a closer. She’s the type of cop that comes in and solves the difficult case, quick and simple. But, there is one small problem; she’s a major pain in the ass and loves to prove to the male agents just how smart she is; they hate her. Ashburn wants a promotion, but her boss Hale (Demian Bichir) sends her to Boston to work with the local authorities on a case involving a mysterious, brutal, vicious, drug lord.
Melissa McCarthy plays Detective Shannon Mullin of the Boston police department who is trying to rid the streets of pimps and druggies. Detective Mullin goes after the scum of the earth with a vengeance. She wants the streets to be safe, but she is a bit over the top. Not only do the street gangs fear her, but so do her coworkers. In one particularly funny scene, Det. Mullin goes on a rant about her boss Captain Woods (Tom F. Wilson). Trust me this scene was awesome. But, Mullin’s loud mouth insults and pushy ways have made her an outcast not only with her co-workers, but also with her family. She was responsible for sending her brother Jason (Michael Rapaport) to jail for dealing and using drugs and Det. Mullin’s mother (Jane Curtin) will not forgive her daughter for doing her job.
The girls are thrown together and it’s a match made in hell. Ashburn and Mullin have different ways of interrogating their suspects. Where Ashburn uses tried and proven profiling to get the criminals to talk, Mullin uses brute force; both methods work, but it takes a while before the girls trust each other enough to blend these two techniques together. In a really funny version of “Good Cop vs. Bad Cop”, the girls not only get to practice these new techniques on henchman Julian (Michael McDonald), but also on street punk Rojas (Spoken Reasons). While on the case, Ashburn and Mullin begin to bond. Mullin even helps the love-struck Agent Levy (Marlon Wayans) to score some points with clueless Ashburn.
There are lots of problems and bad people connected with this case and a possible mole inside the Boston police department. Who is the bad guy? Everyone is suspect, including the two DEA agents, Craig (Dan Bakkedahl) and Adam (Taran Killam), who are constantly at odds with Ashburn and Mullin.
My sisters and I liked the movie a lot, and we all enjoyed the performance of both actresses; both were top notch! But, there was one issue in the film that wasn’t explored enough. Women in the work force are not treated equally, even in this day and age, and even when they are doing the same job as the men. Agent Ashburn was good at her job, but the male officers considered her a pest and a show off and her boss was hesitant to promote her. It’s very hard to break through this male centered glass ceiling. Want proof? There has never been a female FBI Director. Ask yourself this: why was Det. Mullin such a bad ass? Was all that obnoxiousness a cry for respect from the other cops? Maybe Hollywood can portray a strong, plus-sized, women in the workforce or military without making said women appear cartoonish, but I won’t be holding my breath.