The Heat (film)
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|Directed by||Paul Feig|
|Produced by||Peter Chernin
|Written by||Katie Dippold|
|Music by||Mike Andrews|
|Editing by||Brent White
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||117 minutes|
The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig. The plot centers on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Boston Detective Shannon Mullins, who must take down a mobster. The film was released in the United States and Canada on June 28, 2013 to both critical and commercial success.
FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn is a very skilled and effective investigator, but is despised by her fellow agents for her arrogance and condescending attitude. Hale, who is Ashburn's boss at the New York FBI field office, sends her to Boston to investigate Simon Larkin, a drug kingpin, with the promise that she would be promoted as his replacement if she solved the case while showing the ability to work effectively with others. In Boston, she meets Shannon Mullins, a skilled but foulmouthed and rebellious police officer with the Boston Police Department. Ashburn's by-the-book philosophy clashes with Mullins' rugged and violent style of police work. Mullins discovers the details of the Larkin case by stealing the case file from Ashburn. Ashburn, under pressure from Hale, reluctantly agrees to team up with Mullins as she needs Mullins' local knowledge.
Ashburn and Mullins tail a local nightclub owner and successfully place a bug on his cell phone. As they leave the club, Ashburn and Mullins are confronted by DEA agents Craig and Adam, who have been working the Larkin case for several months and are worried that their case will be compromised. Ashburn and Mullins discover a surveillance video in the DEA agents' van showing Mullins' brother, Jason, apparently connected to Larkin's organisation. Jason was recently released from prison, having been put there by Mullins to keep him off the streets and out of trouble.
Ashburn convinces Mullins to go to her parents' home to ask Jason for information on Larkin. On their arrival at the home, it becomes apparent that Mullins' parents and two other brothers still resent Mullins for her involvement in Jason's incarceration. Jason, however, does not have any ill feelings toward his sister, and tips her off about the body of a murdered drug dealer in an abandoned car. Chemicals on the victim's shoes lead Ashburn and Mullins to an abandoned paint factory, where they witness a drug dealer being murdered by Julian, a member of Larkin's organization. They apprehend Julian but are unable to extract any substantial information regarding Larkin's whereabouts.
The pair spends the evening in a bar, bonding. After a night of raucous drinking and partying, Ashburn wakes up the following morning to discover that, in her drunkenness, she has given her car keys to one of the bar patrons. After unsuccessfully pleading for the keys, Ashburn and Mullins watch as the patron starts the car and is killed by a bomb. They discover that Julian has escaped from custody and means to harm Mullins' family, so Mullins moves her family into a motel. Jason leaves, intending to join the Larkin organization in an attempt to help Mullins solve the case. Jason gives her a tip about a drug shipment coming into Boston Harbor. Despite Mullins' reluctance, Ashburn gets the FBI to take down the shipment. The FBI finds that the ship is actually an innocent pleasure cruise ship. Jason was being tested by Larkin, who shoots Jason for informing the FBI about the supposed drug shipment. Jason escapes death but falls into a coma.
Mullins vows to bring her brother's attacker to justice. Ashburn and Mullins equip themselves with assault weapons from Mullins' extensive personal arsenal, and infiltrate one of Larkin's warehouses. Despite taking out several of Larkin's men with a hand grenade, the two officers are captured and bound. Julian is about to torture them with knives when he gets called away by Larkin. Before Julian leaves, he stabs Ashburn in the leg and leaves the knife in the wound. Mullins removes the knife from Ashburn's leg and uses it to cut the rope binding her hands. Before she can finish freeing herself and Ashburn, they are discovered by Craig and Adam. Craig begins to untie the two women, but is shot and killed by Adam. Ashburn and Mullins deduce that Adam is actually Larkin, who has been working his own case from inside the DEA for several months. Julian returns and Larkin orders him to kill Ashburn and Mullins while he goes to the hospital to kill Jason. After Larkin leaves, Mullins manages to finish freeing herself and Ashburn incapacitates Julian with a head butt. Mullins and Ashburn race to the hospital to save Jason.
Upon their arrival, Mullins rushes to find Jason. Ashburn, hindered by the stab wound in her leg, lags behind, unable to move quickly. Mullins finds Jason's room, only to be disarmed by Larkin. He is about to kill Jason when Ashburn, having had to crawl to the room, subdues Larkin by shooting him in the genitals. With Larkin captured, Ashburn requests to stay in the FBI's Boston field office, having developed a strong friendship with Mullins. Jason is shown having fully recovered from his coma. The film ends with Mullins receiving a commendation from the Boston Police Department. Her family are present and cheering for her, having reconciled with her. Ashburn then gets a call from Mullins to look in her year book. Mullins had signed the back of Ashburn's yearbook with the words, "Foster kid, now you have a sister", showing the strong friendship that Mullins felt for an previously unpopular Ashburn.
As a surprise, Mullins brings to Ashburn the cat that she had found in Ashburn's neighbor's house, believing it was hers. Earlier, when Mullins saw a photo of Ashburn with the neighbour's cat (named Pumpkin), Ashburn had lied and said it was her cat which had gone missing in New York. Ashburn confesses and the cat is boxed to be shipped back, ending the film.
- Sandra Bullock as Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, FBI
- Melissa McCarthy as Detective Shannon Mullins, Boston Police Department
- Demián Bichir as Hale
- Marlon Wayans as Levy
- Michael Rapaport as Jason Mullins
- Jane Curtin as Mrs. Mullins
- Dan Bakkedahl as Special Agent Garrett Craig, DEA
- Taran Killam as Special Agent Adam / Simon Larkin, DEA
- Michael McDonald as Julian Vincent
- Tom Wilson as Captain Woods
- Tony Hale as The John
- Nathan Corddry as Michael Mullins
- Kaitlin Olson as Tatiana Krumula
- Bill Burr as Mark Mullins
- Andy Buckley as Robin
- Lance Norris as Scruffy bar patron
- Ben Falcone as Blue-collar man
- Jamie Denbo as Beth
- Jessica Chaffin as Gina
- Steve Bannos as Wayne
- Raw Leiba as Paint factory henchman
- Joey McIntyre as Peter Mullins
- Paul Feig as Doctor
- John Ross Bowie as FBI officer
The Heat is screenwriter Katie Dippold's feature film debut. Dippold wrote the spec script on the side while fulfilling writing duties on Parks and Recreation and ultimately sold it to producer Peter Chernin for $600,000 prior to even being presented to prospective bidders. Inspired by the buddy cop film genre, primarily examples such as Running Scared (1986) and Lethal Weapon (1987), Dippold set out to write a film in which the leads were portrayed by women. As Dippold explains, "[In] Running Scared, they go down to the Caribbean and there's this montage of them on scooters, and there's a different hot girl on the back every time it cuts back to the scooter. And it just felt like, I don't want to be the girl on the back of the scooter. I want to be the awesome cop doing this stuff."
Despite the success of Bridesmaids (2011), studio executives were still uncertain of an action film with a female-led cast. "There were people suspicious of this attempt, who thought girls won't want to see a cop action movie and guys won't want to see two girls holding guns and we'd cancel out our potential audience," said producer Jenno Topping. "But we really believed, at the end of the day, it wouldn't be about gender as much as it would be about delivering a courageous action comedy with some heart to it."
On May 19, 2012, director Paul Feig and actresses Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy signed on to the film after previously struggling to close deals due to scheduling and payment conflicts. At this time, the film was called The Untitled Female Buddy Cop Comedy.
On October 10, 2012, it was announced that composer Michael Andrews would be composing the score to The Heat, having previously scored Feig's Bridesmaids and Unaccompanied Minors (2006). A soundtrack album containing songs featured in the film was released on June 25, 2013 by Lakeshore Records. Of these songs, the album includes a brand new track entitled "Rock This" by Santigold. Describing why he chose the songs featured in the film, Feig said, "My favorite part of filmmaking is finding the perfect music to complement what's happening on screen. And I wanted The Heat to feel like a party. I wanted the audience to have fun. And since I have to watch a movie hundreds of times as I'm making it, I wanted to use music that I wouldn't get tired of. Every song in this film is a desert island song for me. I will never get sick of them."
Release and reception
The Heat earned $39,115,043 in North American markets during its opening weekend. The film has grossed $159,582,188 in the domestic market and $70,348,583 internationally for a worldwide total of $229,930,771. The Heat was a box office success (from an estimated $43 million budget) and was also 2013's second-highest-grossing comedy (We're the Millers topped it with $269,994,119).
The film has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 66% based on reviews from 161 reviews. The site's consensus is: "The Heat is predictable, but Melissa McCarthy is reliably funny and Sandra Bullock proves a capable foil." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 60 out of 100 based on 37 reviews, signifying mixed or favorable critiques.
The Heat was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 15, 2013. The Blu-ray features an unrated version of the film, along with several audio commentaries: one with McCarthy and director Feig; one with the actors who portray the Mullins family; and one with the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew.
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