THE HEAT (15)
FANS OF the hit comedy Bridesmaids will no doubt eagerly flock to the cinema to see Paul Feig's latest offering, The Heat, starring Bridesmaids favourite Melissa McCarthy and one of Hollywood's finest comedy actresses, Sandra Bullock.
On paper, this pairing should deliver a comedic tour de force. On film it doesn't quite live up to its promise, thanks to a plot by writer Katie Dippold, which never really achieves anything, despite the best efforts of the cast.
Bullock plays FBI agent, Ashburn, straightlaced, super efficient, ridiculously anal and emotionally padlocked.
McCarthy is the complete opposite — Agent Mullins is loud, brash, unprofessional and totally in your face.
As the pair struggle to be taken seriously in the work place by their fellow male agents, the film edges on questions of gender relations and makes a brave stab at raising feminist concerns, but the politics tend to lose their way as the film reverts to a standard buddy comedy.
As a result, instead of portraying the strength of women for their ability, we see women can match men just as well when it comes to being obnoxious and swearing like a trooper.
The two agents are paired up to try to take down a drugs lord and solve a series of murders and, after initially loathing each others company, the pair grow to respect one another, both as co-workers and then as friends.
It's a typical buddy movie scenario, but unusual for the fact the two main characters are female. We've seen it all before in Lethal Weapon, so it was up to the two leads to make this feminist version as popular a draw.
McCarthy is outrageous and delivers some stand out comedy one liners and Bullock, unable to compete with such a boisterous screen presence , settles for being her foil and, sadly, this means her performance becomes very one dimensional.
She is capable of a whole lot more, and after Miss Congeniality and The Blind Side we have come to expect far greater depth from her performances.
But the mix of the two characters together does work nicely and makes for a memorable screen duo, despite the fact the movie never really goes anywhere.
Overall, a little more depth and attention to detail of a woman's struggle in the work place would have earned this an extra star rating, but the one thing which saves this movie from being a disaster is the chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy.
It's obvious they had an absolute blast making this film and the fun spills out over the screen and, in moments, is joyous to watch.
Bullock experienced her biggest ever box office opening with this film, taking $39million on its opening weekend in the States, so I'm sure she won't think too badly of this project.
Plans are afoot for the sequel, but Bullock is quoted as saying recently she 'cannot imagine' ever doing it again. We shall see…