“The Heat” packs a punch with an added dose of heart

Elizabeth Golden

Melissa McCarthy has made a name for herself as Hollywood’s leading lady of comedy. From the crudely enjoyable humor found in Bridesmaids to the almost disturbing failure of a film Identity Thief, McCarthy really has done it all. The Heat is very much a mix of all her previous films with an added dose of heart.

Uptight FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) and loud-mouthed cop (McCarthy) are forced to team up and crack the biggest drug lord in all of Boston. The plot is self-explanatory. The duo spends the entire film in compromising situations while they follow leads around town to solve their case.

Bullock seemed to have walked right off the pages of Miss Congeniality. As a talented FBI specialist, her entire future relies on this case. If she solves the case, she’ll receive her dream promotion. However, this promotion will not come easily – she’s never been good when working with others and controlling her uptight manner. Unfortunately for her, she has to team up with McCarthy, who makes even the bad guys cringe in their sleep.

Of course, the film begins with the two quickly becoming arch-nemeses. And, of course, the pair are the best of buddies by the time the credits roll. The overall plot is extremely cliché and can be seen in pretty much every cop show imaginable, but the plot is not the reason audience members buy an overpriced movie ticket to see the film.

The Heat is all about the humor. From McCarthy’s odd sense of humor to Bullock’s refrained class, the laugh-out-loud comedy is apparent. Sadly, many entertaining moments were spoiled in previews, but the overall essence of the film still remained intact.

Even though the overarching plot may seem like a cliché buddy cop movie, both characters are developed to perfection. Complete with multidimensional personalities, neither woman is a stereotype. Director Paul Feig, best known for The Office, and writer Katie Dipploid were very aware of how to give the characters depth and substance.

There are, however, many missed opportunities within the film. As mentioned above, it does have heart, but the story itself lacks substance. With such an outstanding cast, the film could have competed with the likes of Bridesmaids. Instead, Feig decided that the cheesy plotline would take a backseat to the side-splitting humor.

Yes, the humor is exceptional, and had audience members burst out laughing from start to finish. Unfortunately, it was clear that some aspects were definitely missing. The characters had substance, but the overall story was very much lacking. Overall, The Heat is extremely entertaining and overflowing with humor. The actresses did a phenomenal job and carried the film to successful ratings, but the film will forever only be known as a funny but forgettable summer blockbuster. The Heat missed an opportunity to turn its raunchy comedy into an Oscar nominated success.