"THE HEAT" (2013) (Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy) (R)
Comedy: A straitlaced but friendless FBI agent clashes with a caustic and coarse Boston detective when they're teamed together to bring down a ruthless drug kingpin.
Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (SANDRA BULLOCK) is an accomplished FBI agent who's jockeying for her boss' position when he's promoted. The only problem is that no one likes her in or outside of the Bureau, so her boss says that if she can bring down a Boston-based drug kingpin, he'll consider her for the position. Arriving in Beantown, she immediately gets to work with the help of local FBI Agent Levy (MARLON WAYANS) in interrogating drug dealer Rojas (SPOKEN REASONS).
That doesn't sit well, however, with Boston detective Shannon Mullins (MELISSA McCARTHY) whom both the criminals and other cops equally fear. Coarse, unapologetic, brutish and not above abusing suspects to get what she wants, Shannon isn't happy with the FBI agent working her perp. Yet, the two end up as unlikely partners, with Shannon having a vested interest in cracking the case since she worries that her brother, Jason (MICHAEL RAPAPORT) -- who she put in prison for dealing and using drugs but has just been paroled -- might have a connection to the drug lord.
Also interested are DEA agents Craig (DAN BAKKEDAHL) and Adam (TARAN KILLAM) who aren't happy with the ladies invading their turf, while the kingpin's various henchmen, such as the sadistic Julian (MICHAEL McDONALD), likewise want Shannon and Sarah removed from the equation. With the two having to put their substantial differences aside, the FBI agent and Boston detective use their individual as well as combined tactics to track down the kingpin.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're fans of either of the stars, "buddy movies" or coarse, R-rated comedies.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence.
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