'The Heat' review: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy in buddy cop comedy

'The Heat' review: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy in buddy cop comedy
Director: Paul Feig; Screenwriter Katie Dippold; Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport; Running time: 117 mins; Certificate: 15

Forget passing the Bechdel Test: Paul Feig's follow-up to Bridesmaids is way beyond that. The test requires that two women talk to each other about something other than a man, but you'd be hard pushed to find a scene in which Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's mismatched cop duo do talk to each other about a man. They're so busy butting heads over their crime-fighting styles - Bullock's FBI agent is by-the-book, McCarthy's Boston cop is the wild card - that the Y chromosome doesn't get a look in.

There's no particular reason why this should be revolutionary, except that it has generally been a truth universally acknowledged in movies that a single woman's happy ending must involve a romantic resolution. Bridesmaids is rightly hailed as a
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