October 21, 2013

The Heat (2013)

Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy


I have a confession to make: I am a Boston Red Sox fan. [pause for booing] I always have been, even pre-2004, when they were always disappointing and it seemed they would never shake the Curse of the Bambino. This is both relevant and important because:

A. The Sox are back in the World Series, and
B. My subsequent mocking of Bostonians won't seem like unjust bias

So about Boston...I've only been once, but my experience was work-related and didn't allow me to really explore whether or not the movie depictions of the city and its people are justified. But judging from the sheer number of movies that show Boston as full of trashy people with annoying accents (The Fighter, The Departed, anything from Ben Affleck...), I'm beginning to believe this portrayal must be accurate. It's sort of like Jersey - watch enough reality TV and you have to believe the whole state is full over over-tanned meatheads. One of the highlights of this movie is its consistent depiction of that Boston um, class.

The rest of movie, however, plays like a roast of Bullock and McCarthy themselves. Each plays a character almost exactly like so many of their others. In the case of Bullock, it's like a bad version of Miss Congeniality. For McCarthy, it's hard to tell how her character is any different from the one played in both Bridesmaids and Identity Thief.

There are funny jokes, to be sure - most of them being derogatory comments from McCarthy's character (I mean seriously, the addition of an albino character was genius), but the overall plot is just so basic. You strip away the 10 or so funny moments and you're left with a cop version of a romantic comedy. However, I do want to give some props for making a non-romantic comedy movie starring 2 women. It still played into some stereotypes that career-oriented women have no time for romance and that men generally dislike them, which is annoying, but I suppose I should just be grateful they didn't cast Katherine Heigl. (Looks like Hollywood finally got my memo on that!)

[On a added note, I watched the "unrated version" as opposed to the "theatrical version" and I can almost guarantee that I can pick out exactly what was edited for the theaters. I don't know why people think "unrated" somehow equates to "better." It just means a longer movie, filled with scenes that weren't good enough to make the final cut. End rant.]

Final word: Makes a better trailer than a movie.

BTW, this was the DVD I was given. Who needs both a regular version, a Blu-Ray version, AND 2 hours of bonus "extras?" Who has the time to watch 2 hours of extras from a mediocre movie?? Is this supposed to be a selling point? For $21.99? Really??

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