Sandra Bullock plays a very straitlaced FBI special agent and Melissa McCarthy is the slobbo Boston cop she reluctantly teams up with to bring down a drug lord in “The Heat,” a buddy-buddy action comedy that milks the odd-couple pairing until the cow runs dry. A little of McCarthy’s bullishness goes a long way – ditto Bullock’s pinched uncomfortability.
It’s not really such a great achievement to have women cops in the movies acting as boorish and rowdy as their male counterparts, especially since the movie seems designed for a sequel. But then again, what movie these days – or at least this summer – isn’t? Grade: C+ (Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence.)