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original title: The Heat
duration: 1h 57min
tags: Action's never been so hot!
keywords: fbi, druglord, fbiagent, policebrutality, femalecop, shotinthecrotch, hangingupsidedown, femaleprotagonist, policeviolence, policewoman, drugs, interrogation, torture, drugsupplier, bostonpolice, woma
I laughed through most of the movie. Melissa McCarthy is a true force of nature, and she had great chemistry with Sandra Bullock.
OK, that ends the review portion.
The thing I really wanted to point out is that there's at least one scene that is lifted from another older movie. This, of course, happens all the time -- common Hollywood practice if you can get away with it, and the older the movie, the better. I hereby re-post the SPOILER WARNING, even though what follows does not give away much.
The scene in question is one where Det. Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) is trying to extract information from bad guy Julian (Michael McDonald.) She takes his gun, empties all the bullets except one, holds the gun at his crotch, and basically plays Russian Roulette in an attempt to get him to talk, giving him a near heart attack every time she pulls the trigger.
The scene was familiar, and I immediately recalled why: a highly similar scene in "The Drowning Pool," a so-so 1975 thriller starring Paul Newman. He didn't aim at his victim's crotch and the scene wasn't played for laughs, but other than that it was basically the same idea.
Can't say how much pilfering went on in the rest of Katie Dippold's script, but that's the only thing that really stuck out. I haven't even finished watching the movie. Never written any reviews on IMDb. Most comedies are amusing. This one is downright one of the best I have ever seen. With 2 women to boot. I guess Hollywood can learn a lesson here that Women can handle leading roles without being the love interest in some drama or supporting a male role.
Much less a comedy movie which any comedian can tell you cross your finger and hope they think its funny. Very hard thing to make successful is a comedy movie. Excellent casting. Wonderful writing. Great directing as far as I can see. These women deliver line after line and pull off all kinds of sight gags with ease. Very, very good. If you