Movie Review: The Heat

By | August 22, 2013

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One of two movies I really wanted to watch was The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It was out in June, and I waited for it to arrive to the cinemas in Kuwait all summer long but that didn’t happen because it was banned along with The Internship. Luckily both comedy movies weren’t banned in Dubai and after watching both of them I see absolutely nothing that would cause them to be banned. I deduct that comedy and laughter must be an cause for censorship these days. 

In any case, I’ve heard -and read- so many raving reviews about the heat. Everyone said that they movie was so hilarious and they couldn’t stop laughing. I like Sandra Bullock and I’ve been a fan of Melissa McCarthy ever since her role as Chef Suki in The Gilmore Girls. I wanted to see it so badly and had very high expectations when I saw it.

The movie is about a feisty foul mouthed cop and a preppy FBI agent who are forced to join forces to bring down a drug mob. The plot I suppose is OK, you can lose track of what’s happening sometimes, and there are a lot of swear words which might be funny to some but they don’t personally make me laugh. The ending, though expected, is lovely though.

I did laugh a handful of times but it wasn’t the comedy that causes tears to stream down your face I was promised and really needed to see. Would I watch it again? Not necessarily, perhaps if it was showing on TV I’d keep watching it but I wouldn’t really feel the need to buy the DVD and add it to my DVD collection.


6 Comments

Jacqui on August 25, 2013 at 02:01.

A lot of those movies come over-hyped nowadays and you go in with high expectations, I remember feeling the same thing when I saw the trailer for “Identity Thief” by Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman but when I watched it, I was like hmmmmm it’s not great but it’s not bad either.. it’s just okay.

I watched this movie over the weekend after being able to grab a good copy online and while I enjoyed the partnership between Bullock and McCarthy (I’d really like to see it again but in a less crass version) I felt it was more like When “Miss Congeniality met The Nastiest Cop ever” this could’ve been a sequel to the series and no one would be the wiser. Lots of wasted opportunity with some actors especially Marlon Wayans (whom I adore) but in the end it it’s nice for a lonely Friday Night with nothing else to watch.

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danderma on August 25, 2013 at 08:45.

Exactly! It did remind me of Miss Congeniality! Prim and proper yet tough cop, only with a love for tailored jackets! I wonder why Sandra always acts as the lonely unwanted agent?

As for Identity Thief, I saw the trailer and I was like ‘no way!’. When I did finally watch it I thought it turned out better than what I expected but still not something I’m willing to pay and go see.

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Jacqui on August 25, 2013 at 22:35.

Exactly same feeling here.. but oh well lots of movies have great trailers but are disappointments afterwards because you feel it’s just blah :s

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danderma on August 26, 2013 at 11:39.

I stopped watching trailers, except for those shown in the cinema which I cannot help but watch anyway! Too much information and if it’s a comedy all the funny scenes are there in the trailer!

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fatma on November 28, 2013 at 16:32.

I watched both movies and I thought the heat was especially funny and was really sad that it wasn’t being shown in Kuwait.

But I do understand why, Melissa McCarthy’s lines were very dirty, every other word was a swear word and not really the kind of language that is condoned in Kuwait. So I’m pretty even though there were no graphic scenes that needed to be cut the language was a little extreme and would cause sooo much drama.

I watched it with my parents and even downloaded arabic subtitles so they can understand everything…big mistake some of the dirty jokes should not have been translated lol

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danderma on December 1, 2013 at 13:14.

I agree her lines were so dirty it wasn’t even funny anymore but I don’t think that’s reason enough to ban it, especially since they don’t translate the swear words and are actually muting some swear words.
Looooooooooooool at your parents!!! I wouldn’t dream of watching it with them around!

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