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Tanya Khoury: Light and enjoyable
July 19, 2013
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Cinemas during the summertime here seem to be more like a refuge than an actual activity; people hover around air conditioned spaces so often that finding an empty seat for a film, any film is quite the challenge. Finally I managed to squeeze in a ticket for The Heat; I saw that Melissa McCarthy was starring alongside Sandra Bullock and figured there would be awkward tension between the two and that would at least get a chuckle, even if I was sitting on the second row from the screen…

The plot follows the typical story of two completely opposite characters that end up partnering together to solve the ‘main’ crime. More often than not these kinds of films are given to the male leads in Hollywood, so it was interesting to see how this dynamic was going to carry the film through. I wasn’t really expecting the extraordinary – Bullock has a staple character that has followed her “Miss Congeniality” image and McCarthy has her impromptu style comebacks that are at least consistent in most of her roles.

The film is very predictable and as I had expected pretty much all the scenes that had the few laughs to involve McCarthy’s character, the loud mouthed Bostonian that has no boundaries whatsoever. Everything else in the film seemed to be waiting around for McCarthy’s screen time, a very light film that if you don’t mind the cussing and the crass comments here and there then you would definitely enjoy it. The couple on my left were in stitches throughout the film, it made me feel awkward that I didn’t have a plastered smile across my face the entire time.

Bullock’s character works well with McCarthy because McCarthy makes it work, she definitely has a gift of creating chemistry in the most unlikely places, Bullock has a very rigid one-dimensional character and even if McCarthy’s roles always puts her in that character she manages to make it work for the role. Bullock, on the other hand, is just the same as she has always been and that just adds nothing to the film. The supporting cast is interesting, especially when we get to know McCarthy’s family who are so loud and embarrassing that you almost relate to them. I really had hoped they had more scenes in the film as that would have made for more laughs from more than just one character. The director didn’t seem to think that was necessary and they became just that, the supporting roles that were just too short and non-substantial.

Just as with most Hollywood blockbusters, there is always that space in the film that allows the viewer (or more specifically me) to phase out, maybe go grab some more popcorn or a skittles, and come back without really missing anything. The movie ran for just under two hours that could have definitely been cut a little more, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves though. This can only mean a few things; I am an extremely picky viewer, to my defence though slapstick humour was never really my thing. So for the viewers that are looking to be entertained and have that good feeling with no drama baggage this is most definitely the film. It is entertaining and you will score some good laughs for sure, just make sure you get your tickets well in advance, it’s the season to be indoors, happy viewing. My score card gives The Heat as solid 5.9/10.

 
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