This Rotten Week: Predicting White House Down and The Heat Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-06-24 17:25:33discussion comments
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The Heat
There are far too many buddy cop movies to begin naming here. Just peruse this page to pick out your top ten list. My favorite part of this page is the one sentence breakdown of the relationship between the two buddies. For instance, Bad Boys is described as “Playboy teamed with family man” and 48 Hrs. is “Sloppy cop with slick maverick”. For shits and giggles, here are four more descriptions. See if you can guess the movies. I’ll post them at the after my recap of last week.

- Small time crook paired with gay detective

- Two intelligent detectives, one sensible, one slightly eccentric, teamed up

- An unorthodox, street-smart cop teams with by-the-book cops

- Fictional cop paired with real world boy

Good luck. Man I had fun reading that list. What’s surprisingly missing on that page, though, is any female presence. Whether its because they don’t make good movie buddies, aren’t typically cops or some combination of the two, the ladies rarely show up as the leads in the buddy cop genre. In fact, on that list there are more instances of men going undercover as women than actual women as police officers. The Heat is one of only two flicks in the genre that mentions women at all. So who better to break down the buddy cop walls than Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy?

This movie reunites director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids-90%), Unaccompanied Minors-31%) with McCarthy and the breakdown could read "underappreciated, by-the-books female FBI agent teams with rough maverick local cop." Guess who plays who. It's nice to get the ladies in on the buddy action, but, honestly, this flick doesn’t look particularly funny. Save a few moments from McCarthy, who has shown a habit of scene-stealing, I think the movie will fall flat. Buddy cop movies are rarely critical darlings, and even with the gender shakeup I don’t think this movie will do much to reverse the trend. The Rotten Watch for The Heat is 38%

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