‘The Heat’ is a cop movie with a difference

Undated Film Still Handout from The Heat. Pictured: SANDRA BULLOCK as Ashburn and MELISSA MCCARTHY as Mullins. See PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Fox UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Heat. Pictured: SANDRA BULLOCK as Ashburn and MELISSA MCCARTHY as Mullins. See PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Fox UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature DVD DVD Reviews.

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In ‘The Heat’, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is one of the brightest operatives in the New York field office run by Hale (Demian Bichir).

Unfortunately, her lack of people skills rubs colleagues up the wrong way.

Hale dispatches Sarah to Boston, promising her promotion if she can work with the local detectives to bring down an enigmatic drug kingpin named Larkin.

In Boston, Sarah clashes with rebel cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), who has bullied the men at her precinct.

Sarah refuses to submit to Shannon’s intimidation but knows that she must work with this loose cannon for the sake of promotion.

So the two women reluctantly join forces to unmask Larkin and inadvertently jeopardise a long-running undercover operation masterminded by DEA agents Adam (Taran Killam) and Craig (Dan Bakkedahl).

‘The Heat’ is an oestrogen-fuelled buddy cop caper proving ladies can be every bit as politically incorrect and rough ‘n’ tumble as the lads.

The two leads spark off each other brilliantly, milking belly laughs from Katie Dippold’s hit-and-miss script that both embraces and subverts hoary cliches of the genre.

Initial rivalry between the characters mellows, somewhat inevitably, into sisterly solidarity, adding a sentimental sheen to closing frames.

Every time the joke of the mismatched heroines threatens to wear thin, Bullock and McCarthy crank up the slapstick and verbal one-upwomanship including a brilliantly simple visual gag with a knife that draws as many winces as guffaws.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Michael Rapaport, Marlon Wayans, Taran Killam, Dan Bakkedahl.

The Heat (Cert 15, 117 mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Comedy/Action/Romance, also available to buy DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £27.99).

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