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The Heat (2013)

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An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord.

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Paul Feig

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Katie Dippold
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Ashburn
Melissa McCarthy ... Mullins
Demián Bichir ... Hale (as Demian Bichir)
Marlon Wayans ... Levy
Michael Rapaport ... Jason Mullins
Jane Curtin ... Mrs. Mullins
Spoken Reasons ... Rojas
Dan Bakkedahl ... Craig
Taran Killam ... Adam
Michael McDonald ... Julian
Thomas F. Wilson ... Captain Woods (as Tom Wilson)
Peter Weireter Peter Weireter ... SWAT Team Leader
John Ross Bowie ... NY Agent
William Xifaras ... Tough Guy #1
Cary 'Big Shug' Guy Cary 'Big Shug' Guy ... Tough Guy #2
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Storyline

Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Good Cop. Mad Cop. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicas armadas y peligrosas See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,115,043, 30 June 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$159,582,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$229,930,771
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Hale (The John), Andy Buckley (Robin) & Zach Woods (a paramedic) also worked together on Arrested Development (2003) as Buster, Colonel Grimm & a Trippler respectively. See more »

Goofs

Although Mullins's family are Bostonian to the extreme, Mullins seems not to have any trace of a Bostonian accent. And she seems to have grown up elsewhere: she uses the term 'submarine sandwich' whereas in Boston, it is called a 'hoagie' See more »

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Rojas: I had a joint and a few little bags of coke. Since when is that shit illegal?
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Fight the Power (Part 1 & 2)
Written by Chris Jasper (as Christopher Jasper), Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley and O'Kelly Isley
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Bullock and McCarthy Bring "The Heat"
4 July 2013 | by jon.h.ochiaiSee all my reviews

"The Heat" is hysterical. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are awesome! "The Heat" is the funniest movie of the year. I laughed out loud a lot. Yes, Sandra and Melissa reliably play in position. Bullock is Sarah Ashburn, the rigid; know it all, FBI agent booking for an Agency promotion. But as current boss Hale (patient and dashing Demian Bichir) explains her downside, "Nobody likes you." Melissa McCarthy is abrasive, no nonsense Boston Cop Mullins, who can beat the crap out of any man. She torments her Captain Woods (prematurely aged funny Tom Wilson), looking for his "lady balls" in his office.

While wallowing in their sorrows at Mullin's favorite bar, Ashburn (Bullock) confesses to Mullins (McCarthy) that not a lot of people know that she was married. With Scotch in hand, Mullins asks, "Was he a hearing man?" Director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids") is genius with niche R-rated comedy starring women, and is blessed with Bullock and McCarthy's A-Games. Writer Katie Dippold (of "Parks and Recreation") is brilliant given a very predictable movie scenario. Will Ashburn and Mullins become BFFs? Of course. Dippold's comic Zen lies in the journey. "The Heat" is more than just "Lethal Weapon" meets "The Hangover". There is a signature moment in diner where Bullock attempts to save a choking man. Feig is comically ruthless. Bullock and McCarthy never waver out of character as their partnership naturally evolves—they are amazing.

I don't know if Feig and Dippold transform the cop buddy genera, regardless it is hilarious. The coarse language works. Seeing Bullock's Ashburn struggle to say the f-word is anal retentive priceless. Smartly "The Heat" is more comedy and relationship focused, than action. Although, the knife scene with Ashburn and Mullins held hostage is absolutely hysterical. The rangy odd couple joins forces in Boston to uncover the identity of mysterious Drug Lord, Lassen. For the first hour of the movie, Bullock may be trying too hard to be unlikable as Ashburn. She did it better in "The Proposal". On the other hand, McCarthy is like a comfortable catcher's mitt as Mullins. It turns out that Mullins is estranged from her family, because she put her brother Jason (hilarious Michael Rapaport) in jail. Jane Curtain is classic funny as disapproving Mom. Jason may have ties to the mysterious Lassen.

Sandra Bullock looks stunning, lean and strong. Granted she does her frumpy best as Ashburn, "straight man" to McCarthy's Mullins. Pants suits can do only so much. The one thing that is odd about the story is that Bullock comes off so stiff, that we forget that she is extremely competent at what she does. Like McCarthy's Mullins, she is smart, but the story finally circles back and reminds that both can kick some ass as well. McCarthy is brilliant balancing authentic compassion in the midst of what could have been a broad strokes caricature. She is hysterical and whimsically grounded. Together Bullock and McCarthy are on fire chemistry. Too bad Marlon Wayans is not leveraged more as Levy, Ashburn's "awkward" and endearing love interest. He is very cool. Perhaps, next time. Let's see Bullock and McCarthy together again. Bring on "The Heat 2". In the meantime, see "The Heat". You'll laugh a whole lot.


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