The Heat (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul Feig|
|Written by||Katie Dippold|
|Music by||Michael Andrews|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$229.9 million|
The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold. It stars Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, and Jane Curtin. The film centers on FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Boston Detective Shannon Mullins, who must take down a mobster in Boston.
The film was released in the United States on June 28, 2013. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the chemistry, and performances of Bullock and McCarthy, but called the film predictable. It was a success at the box office, grossing $229 million worldwide against a $43 million budget.
FBI agent Sarah Ashburn is an expert investigator in New York City. She is disliked by other agents for her uptight but arrogant personality. Her supervisor, who is considering her for promotion, assigns her to a mission in Boston. She meets Boston Police Department detective Shannon Mullins, who is skilled but loudmouthed and hot-headed. The two women's professional styles clash horribly during their attempt to interrogate a local drug dealer. Ashburn reluctantly agrees to work with Mullins.
Ashburn and Mullins tail a local nightclub manager to his business, Club Ekko, and place a bug on his phone to get information on a drug lord named Simon Larkin. Leaving the club, Ashburn and Mullins are confronted by DEA agents Craig and Adam, who've been working the Larkin case for months. The women discover a surveillance video in the DEA agents' van showing that Mullins' brother, Jason, recently released from prison where Mullins had sent him, appears to be connected to Larkin.
Ashburn convinces Mullins to go to her parents' home to ask Jason for information on Larkin. The whole family are angry with Mullins. But Jason tips Mullins off about the body of a murdered drug dealer, and chemicals on the victim's shoes lead the women to an abandoned paint factory, where they witness a drug dealer being murdered by Julian Vincent, second-in-command of Larkin's organization. They apprehend Julian but get no information on Larkin's whereabouts, despite Mullins threatening to shoot Julian's genitals.
The women spend the evening bonding in a bar. A drunk Ashburn reveals that her foster child past is to blame for her bad attitude. The next morning Ashburn discovers that she has given her car away to one of the bar patrons, but when he starts the car, it explodes.
Julian has escaped from custody and intends to harm Mullins' family, so Mullins moves them into a motel. Jason tries to join the Larkin organization in an attempt to help Mullins solve the case. He gives her a tip about a drug shipment coming in, and despite Mullins' reluctance, Ashburn calls in the FBI, who discover that it is only a pleasure cruise ship. Larkin shoots Jason for informing the FBI about the supposed drug shipment. Jason is comatose. Mullins and Ashburn fall out, with Mullins vowing to bring her brother's attacker to justice. They reconcile after arresting several drug dealers as they try to ascertain Larkin's whereabouts.
The women equip themselves with assault weapons from Mullins' extensive personal arsenal, and infiltrate one of Larkin's warehouses, but they 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. however, they are discovered by two henchmen, Craig and Adam. Craig begins to untie the two women, but is shot and killed by Adam. Ashburn and Mullins learn 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 frees herself and Ashburn incapacitates Julian. Mullins and Ashburn race to the hospital to save Jason.
Upon their arrival, Mullins searches for Jason. Ashburn, hindered by the stab wound in her leg, lags behind. Mullins finds Jason's room, but is disarmed by Larkin, who is about to kill Jason. Ashburn appears and subdues Larkin by shooting him in the genitals. 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. Mullins receiving a commendation from the Boston Police Department. Members of her family are present, and they all cheer Mullins.
Mullins has signed the back of Ashburn's yearbook, "Foster kid, now you have a sister".
- Sandra Bullock as Ashburn
- Melissa McCarthy as Mullins
- Demián Bichir as Hale
- Marlon Wayans as Levy
- Michael Rapaport as Jason Mullins
- Dan Bakkedahl as Special Agent Garrett Craig
- Taran Killam as Special Agent Adam / Simon Larkin
- Michael McDonald as Julian Vincent
- Spoken Reasons as Terrell Rojas
- Jane Curtin as Mrs. Mullins
- Michael B. Tucci as Mr. Mullins
- Joey McIntyre as Peter Mullins
- Bill Burr as Mark Mullins
- Nathan Corddry as Michael Mullins
- Jessica Chaffin as Gina
- Jamie Denbo as Beth
- Thomas F. Wilson as Captain Woods
- Adam Ray as Hank LeSoire
- Kaitlin Olson as Tatiana Krumova
- Tony Hale as The John
- Andy Buckley as Robin
- Ben Falcone as Blue-Collar Man
- John Ross Bowie as FBI Officer
- Chris Gethard as Himself
- Steve Bannos as Wayne
- Zach Woods as Paramedic
- Katie Dippold as ER Nurse
- Mitch Silpa as Dealer
- Paul Feig as Doctor
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.
The soundtrack is composed by Michael Andrews who 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."
The first official full-length trailer of the film was released on October 27, 2012.
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.
The Heat earned $39.1 million in North American markets during its opening weekend. The film went on to gross $159.6 million in the domestic market and $70.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of $229.9 million, against a production budget of $43 million. Deadline Hollywood calculated the film made a net profit of $61.8 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 65%, based on 176 reviews with an average rating of 6.16/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Heat is predictable, but Melissa McCarthy is reliably funny and Sandra Bullock proves a capable foil." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 60 out of 100 based on reviews from 37 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.
Mick LaSalle of The San Francisco Chronicle calls the film both formulaic and inspired "the inspiration is in the combining of these two actresses." Keith Uhlich of Time Out gives a mixed review and says Bullock and McCarthy deserve better, and also criticizes the trailer for giving the bad impression that this was a less funny film.
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Actress Most in Need of a New Agent||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|American Comedy Awards||Best Comedy Actress - Film||Sandra Bullock||Nominated|
|Funniest Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer Movie Star: Female||Sandra Bullock||Won|
|Choice Movie Chemistry||Sandra Bullock
|Choice Summer Movie Comedy||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Hissy Fit||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Movie||Nominated|
|Golden Trailer Awards||Don LaFontaine Award for Best Voice Over||20th Century Fox||Nominated|
|Best Comedy TV Spot||20th Century Fox
Open Road Entertainment
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Comedic Performance||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Comedic Movie||Won|
|Favorite Comedic Movie Actress||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Favorite Movie Duo||Sandra Bullock
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Film-Comedy||Nominated|
|Women Film Critics Circle||Best Comedic Actress||Melissa McCarthy||Won|
Canceled sequel and proposed spin-off
Shortly after the film's release, director Feig announced that the film would be followed by a sequel. In October 2013, Bullock stated that she won't come back for the sequel and the project itself was put on hold. Instead, the sequel was reportedly being replaced by a spin-off film that will center around Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin's characters Beth and Gina from the first film.
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