Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy Bring The Heat in New Trailer
11.21.12 by Ryan
Welcome back to the 80s.
The "buddy cop" comedy was a familiar theme in the 1980s, helping to inspire recent movies like Cop Out and The Other Guys, which attempted to revive the subgenre. Perhaps the last successful "buddy cop" comedy franchise was the Rush Hour trilogy, but that could end with The Heat, which pairs a no-nonsense FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) with a "loose cannon" Boston street cop (Melissa McCarthy) to track down a drug dealer. If that sounds pleasingly familiar to you, get ready for The Heat.
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Director Paul Feig, who reunites with McCarthy for his follow-up to last year's Bridesmaids, recently told EW about the differences between the two characters and revealed more about the movie's plot.
Ashburn’s (Bullock) been in the FBI for a long time. She’s a great agent but she’s slightly over-confident, a little intolerant of anybody who isn’t at her level, so she showboats a little bit. She gets sent to Boston to help crack this case about this drug lord that nobody can figure out. And she has to work with Melissa’s character because Melissa’s a street cop who knows the neighborhood and has a brother who’s been kind of involved in the world of this guy they’re trying to find. But she’s used to doing everything by herself. She’s a one-woman police force, so she doesn’t like having to help people. So the fun starts there.
The formula certainly seems there: two officers from different sides of the law with two different approaches, working together? Let's see how Feig and his cast did in the movie's first trailer below.
Like many of the 80s "buddy cop" comedies, The Heat is "definitely a good R-rated movie" according to Feig, who says that screenwriter Kate Dippold (Parks & Recreation) was inspired by 1986's Running Scared and wanted to have a female-led movie in the same mold.
She’s like, there’s this montage [in Running Scared] where the two of them are riding on mo-peds and they have all these hot girls behind them. She’s like, "Why can’t women have that?" We’re not making them talk like guys, but at the same time, they aren’t running around afraid to shoot a gun. It’s not about romance or anything. I wanted it to be kind of groundbreaking in that way because I feel like so much stuff for women always has to have, "Okay, we have to have some nod to the ladies." Nah, nobody is desperately trying to find a boyfriend, or is upset about this or that.