Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock bring a lot of good to the ol' good cop, bad cop routine in the laugh-out-loud comedy The Heat. Bullock plays Ashburn, a straight-laced FBI agent vying for a promotion when she's faced with working alongside local Boston cop Mullins (McCarthy). Their mission: dismantle a vicious cartel of local drug dealers — without destroying each other first! (Cue laughter.) While neither actress goes too far outside her own range, they still make a highly enjoyable pair to watch on screen, especially once their personal barriers break down. The premise may sound familiar, but McCarthy and Bullock actually manage to put a fresh spin on the buddy-cop genre.
While initially Ashburn and Mullins don't take kindly to each other's tactics (Ashburn is a by-the-books officer, and Mullins would rather break the book's fingers), they're forced to work together when the stakes are raised and Mullins's family is put in danger. Mullins's dedication to her family runs so deep that she had previously sent her own brother (Michael Rapaport) to prison when she saw him getting mixed up with drug dealers. Now that he's out, he may be their only way into the cartel. It's actually pretty clever, and the family dynamic adds a genuine touch to the comedy. Find out what else I liked about The Heat — and what I wasn't so hot on — when you read more.