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It is quite typical for the genre of comedy to convey a story of the two companions with polar characters, working to protect the law and order. However, this mundane topic gets a brand new flame in The Heat, since we have to tough and hot ladies instead of conventional Bad Boys, who are mixed up in an explosive cocktail.
In the centre of the story we have special agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), who is quite successful in her investigative work, but rather unlucky in personal relationships and completely incapable of being a team-player. To uncover the mysterious and complex case, Ashburn is assigned in Boston, where she makes a hideous acquaintance with the police employee Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), who has her own views on the maintenance of the order with in her neighborhood. These plans do not include cooperation with the feds, compliance to the human rights and the basic rules of courtesy whatsoever. And here the Heat begins…
If Bullock’s character modestly sneers over the police clichés – then in process of occurrence of the McCarthy’s heroine creators are not ashamed break bad, as one would expect from a comedy with an adult rating. McCarthy is performing as she would have been expected to in the role of a wild and foul-mouthed lady. However, her comedy talent and an intuitive ability to improvise shoe its privileges – a striking contrast of the cautious and meticulous fed and turretless sassy cop surely do the trick in making The Heat so hot. Their collision is, basically, the foundation of the scenario, which makes it quite predictable but nevertheless exceedingly funny. Here comes the real chemistry, both in mutual hostility at the beginning and at their expected convergence as the story develops. If Shannon was accustomed to go ahead without worrying too much about how her methods affect the others and the image of her profession, Sarah, who is used to formality and civility, has to re-establish her behavior to somehow resist the pressure of the brusque colleague. All these moves are obvious, but The Heat charms are not about creativity of the screen-writer. The characters are completely natural, and each of the sassy ladies has her own intelligible story behind them.
Maybe, the detective component of The Heat is very formal, superficial and rarely logical. But as for the characters – the images work perfectly and completely, allowing The Heat to impress the significant emotional depth even against the background of rudeness and outright cruelty, which often takes place on the screen. Yes, The Heat is a brutal comedy, full of hot and outrageous violent scenes, which justify the adult rating, not only in swear language, but also in the terms of blood and guts, but all these moments are as appropriate as they are exceedingly funny and charming.