Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Sandra Bullock
Melissa McCarthy
Marlon Wayans
Taran Killam.
Directors
Paul Feig.
Screenwriters
Katie Dippold.
Running Time
117 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Purge: Anarchy, The
3 Star Empire Rating
Northwest
4 Star Empire Rating
Who Is Dayani Cristal?
3 Star Empire Rating
Lady From Shanghai, The
4 Star Empire Rating
Earth To Echo
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Some Like It Hot
5 Star Empire Rating
A Hard Day's Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Boyhood
5 Star Empire Rating
Rebel Without A Cause
5 Star Empire Rating
Calvary
5 Star Empire Rating

The Heat
Is on. Kind of


submit to reddit


Plot
FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is sent to Boston to track down a drug lord, Larkin. When she’s forced to work with local cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), the pair quickly come to blows, but bond as the investigation continues. With two sexist DEA agents also on Larkin’s tail, can the women get there first?


Review
The Heat

Consider Melissa McCarthy’s scene-stealing turn in Bridesmaids, it’s no surprise director Paul Feig signed her up for this buddy comedy. An aggressive tomboy with a sneering wit and a resulting lack of friends, Shannon Mullins is the perfect McCarthy character, especially given the actress’ talent for improvised insults.

As FBI agent Ashburn, Sandra Bullock has a less showy role. This is Bullock as the straight person: a brisk, efficient, emotionally stunted workaholic who’s as unpopular with her male counterparts as Mullins. She’s there to reel in horror at Mullins’ unprofessionalism, her own comedy coming from her fish-out-of-water status (anywhere that sells alcohol being a fruitful opportunity). But as they take on the men — both criminals and cops — who constantly undermine them, The Heat makes serious points about workplace gender relations. It also brings warmth through the women’s solidarity. But the film doesn’t dwell on either sentiment or politics, quickly undercutting every soft note with a hard-as-nails gag.

What The Heat lacks is a decent plot. Writer Katie Dippold (Parks And Recreation) can create funny characters, but her story is slight. A cartoony caper involving cut-out bad guys and unlikely shoot-outs, it’s the stuff of an ’80s B movie. The only reason to wait it out is to see Ashburn and Mullins stick it to the man — which you’re pretty sure they’re going to do anyway.

Still, dialogue and performances entertain. Like Bridesmaids, The Heat has stand-out scenes with cult potential. “What’s she doing?” asks a puzzled Ashburn as Mullins hunts around her boss’ office. “She’s looking for my balls,” sighs Captain Woods, amusingly played by Back To The Future’s Thomas F. Wilson. Feig has an eye for little details that up the comedy ante: Ashburn has a habit of over-pronouncing Spanish words in an attempt to impress, but this isn’t overplayed.

A few things are overplayed: a painting of Jesus playing baseball is worth a quick gag, not a running joke. But that’s swiftly forgiven when McCarthy delivers another comedy home run.


Verdict
If Miss Congeniality teamed up with Bridesmaids’ Megan, it might look something like this. The cruder gags won’t win everyone over, but McCarthy and Bullock’s chemistry helps paper over the plot cracks and there’s enough situation comedy to entertain.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for The Heat
Empire Star Rating

RE: The Heat

The many formulas never mesh, and some formidable actors stumble trying to keep pace with its out-of-synch meters.t ... More

Posted by chang at 12:16, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


poor

mccarthy really is not funny !!! way to fat to be anyway believable as a cop ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by dalykid07 at 14:03, 25 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Hot enough to handle.

I went on a date to this film that was a mistake as we both came out significantly underwhelmed and it overshadowed the rest of the date by both of us talking about what we disliked in this film rather than anything else. It appears that they have decided having a woman swearing all the time is humour and decided to do away with all the jokes. The growing respect and friendship between the two women fails to be realistic with an apparent change from the "I hate you" dynamic" to "you are my fr... More

Posted by sanchia at 20:53, 18 August 2013 | Report This Post


Hot enough to handle.

When advertised the promise of Bullock & McCarthy tag teaming for a comedy cop romp was too appealing to miss. There are some wonderfully well written clashes of wit and humour as well as rough and tumble. The comedy duo do not disappoint and this is one strength Bullock holds over many. While McCarthy gets the laughs, Bullock is the one that sets them up and for little credit. There are some gags that just don't make sense, some lines that don't quite hit the bullseye but this is all good f... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Limeylove at 23:01, 11 August 2013 | Report This Post


better than I expected

I was expecting a lazy Miss Congeniality 3 with Melissa McCarthy thrown in and this expectation was not helped by a very 70s retro opening credits. But I quite enjoyed this and would support Empire's 3 star review. McCarthy is a force of nature and works well with Bullock and it is the character interplay that saves the film I think. Yeah, not a great plot but still much to enjoy, certainly the full audience I went with laughed a fair bit. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by bretty at 13:24, 08 August 2013 | Report This Post


better than I expected

I was expecting a lazy Miss Congeniality 3 with Melissa McCarthy thrown in and this expectation was not helped by a very 70s retro opening credits. But I quite enjoyed this and would support Empire's 3 star review. McCarthy is a force of nature and works well with Bullock and it is the character interplay that saves the film I think. Yeah, not a great plot but still much to enjoy, certainly the full audience I went with laughed a fair bit. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by bretty at 13:24, 08 August 2013 | Report This Post


Review

This website has a good review about it too http://www.posedubai.com/entertainment/pose-scre en/the-heat-movie-2013-review-dubai.html ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by mattymatt94 at 12:01, 07 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

L: dseys L: ElephantBoy L: Wild about Wilder Seriously if this was 2 male characters there's no way they'd have gotten of so lightly in the reviews they've had just throwing expletives in every 5 minutes does not make it funny it just makes the writing lazy as for the way McCarthy talked to her Captain good to see B.T.T.F's Biff they'd never have gotten away with that in any form wheather in real or make beleave & the villan was that sort of an afterthought? Pretty ... More

Posted by jcthefirst at 17:44, 06 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

It wasn't so much the gross out as I really didn't think there was that much, more just the amount of swearing (in the 1st half) for no real reason plus find it hard to take McCarthy as an all out action cop & (before anyone starts on about it ) beleave me I am in no place to go on about someone elses size issues. TRUST ME!!! ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 12:22, 06 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

L: ElephantBoy L: Wild about Wilder Seriously if this was 2 male characters there's no way they'd have gotten of so lightly in the reviews they've had just throwing expletives in every 5 minutes does not make it funny it just makes the writing lazy as for the way McCarthy talked to her Captain good to see B.T.T.F's Biff they'd never have gotten away with that in any form wheather in real or make beleave & the villan was that sort of an afterthought? Pretty poor follow up to ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by dseys at 09:36, 06 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

L: Wild about Wilder Seriously if this was 2 male characters there's no way they'd have gotten of so lightly in the reviews they've had just throwing expletives in every 5 minutes does not make it funny it just makes the writing lazy as for the way McCarthy talked to her Captain good to see B.T.T.F's Biff they'd never have gotten away with that in any form wheather in real or make beleave & the villan was that sort of an afterthought? Pretty poor follow up to Bridesmaids 2/5 in a w... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 14:27, 05 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

Seriously if this was 2 male characters there's no way they'd have gotten of so lightly in the reviews they've had just throwing expletives in every 5 minutes does not make it funny it just makes the writing lazy as for the way McCarthy talked to her Captain good to see B.T.T.F's Biff they'd never have gotten away with that in any form wheather in real or make beleave & the villan was that sort of an afterthought? Pretty poor follow up to Bridesmaids 2/5 ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:10, 05 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

looks bollocks, and why as Sandra Bullock gone fucking about with her face for ... More

Posted by CRUNT at 12:25, 03 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

I'd just about give it 3/5, there were some big laughs in it but way too much time in between. The chemistry was good, but as funny as McCarthy is I've got to give Bullock credit for the funniest line in the movie ("tongue in cheek"). ... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 23:52, 01 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

The trailers haven't blown me away but it looks okay and I did really like Bridesmaids. Bullock gets overlooked as a comedy actress and they seem to have pretty good celmstry. Might give this a go. ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 18:24, 01 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The Heat

I found this was a stupid lazy comedy. Plus, it's nearly 2 hours long - far more than i can bear for this type of movie. There are a few laughs to be had, but the entire movie is silly, badly directed, and relies too heavily on rude language. I was sure Empire would give a 2-star rating, because i found it really worse than the majority of the 2-star rated comedies. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by dseys at 09:46, 01 August 2013 | Report This Post


"If Miss Congeniality teamed up with Bridesmaids’ Megan"

I can't believe I'm saying this, but wasn't Miss Congeniality far from being a 'brisk, efficient, emotionally stunted workaholic'? ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by loafroaster at 17:11, 31 July 2013 | Report This Post


SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Classic Feature: Jack Nicholson - Gods Among Us
Charisma, consistency and cunning summed up in a single word: Jack.

Director Matt Reeves Spills Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Secrets
What we learned from our Empire podcast spoiler special

Peter Fonda On Peter Fonda
The Hollywood legend relives his career highlights

Kevin Feige Talks Ant-Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy And Doctor Strange
The Marvel boss updates us on the state of his cinematic universe

Keith Carradine On Keith Carradine
'Television is really the place to go if you want to do anything of substance now.'

Video: Gary Oldman And Keri Russell Talk Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Would you watch Carry On Up The Planet Of The Apes?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)