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Film review

McCarthy and Bullock form dynamic duo in clichéd but fun buddy cop tale

Melissa McCarthy, left, plays Boston detective Shannon Mullins and Sandra Bullock is FBI agent Sarah Ashburn in "The Heat."
Melissa McCarthy, left, plays Boston detective Shannon Mullins and Sandra Bullock is FBI agent Sarah Ashburn in "The Heat."
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There’s a scene early in “The Heat,” where it’s possible to glimpse where things could have gone horribly wrong. For what seems like an eternity, star Melissa McCarthy wriggles her way out of a parked car through the window, spewing profanity all the way. It’s a cheap laugh — as if the filmmakers are sitting next to you, grinding their elbows into your side: “Get it?! She’s overweight and can’t fit easily through the window!” ...


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