WED­NES­DAY THE HEAT

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

8.30PM, TDT ★★

You won’t be need­ing a ther­mome­ter to take the comedic tem­per­a­ture of The Heat. While it might be an easy enough film to warm to – thanks mainly to the op­po­sites-re­pel cast­ing of San­dra Bul­lock and Melissa McCarthy – don’t go sweat­ing on too many big laughs here. A lazy plot rips some well-thumbed pages from the good-cop-mad-cop play­book. Bul­lock is the or­gan­ised, stuck-up, by-the-rules one. Which means McCarthy – echo­ing her pre­vi­ous star turns in Brides­maids and Iden­tity Thief – is

the messy, streets­mart, rene­gade one. Their as­sign­ment is to bring down a Bos­ton drug baron. But that’s of sec­ondary im­por­tance when there are so many so-so set-pieces to get to. Most trade in a bitchy brand of bick­er­ing where Bul­lock will get up­pity about some­thing, and McCarthy will gun her down with a pro­fane punch­line. Av­er­age.

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