So stupid and archetypical and, if I think about it too much (which I didn't), outright offensive. White feminist ideals about women are so trapped in the simple-minded social economics of the second wave, and Anne Fletcher's script is testament to this. That said, Hot Pursuit was EXACTLY what I needed during a mindless red eye flight this past month.
In an age of "buddy comedies", this female-driven flick was only partially workable. It is a very commonly told tale with a predictable storyline and sometimes even dialogue, which made it slightly interesting. I found myself glancing away from the screen a few times, but the rapport between Vergara and Witherspoon was "on" enough that I made it through without wincing. Maybe good for a one-time view, but that's it.
The problem with "Hot Pursuit" is that every funny bit was already in the bloody trailer. That pretty much ruined it for me. It had this hilarious overall look, but the actual comedy just falls flat. Reese and Sofia were funnier in their interviews and blooper scenes than the actual film itself. It's disappointing. Nevertheless, the two had their moments, and I can't deny that these two were still fun to watch.
This isn't an entirely miserable affair - Witherspoon and Vergara have moments of comic potency (one in a truck stop, the other when they're yelling at each other in Spanish), but for the most part, this is a parade of laughless drivel. It already makes the mistake of constantly using the main characters' accents as the punchline, and once a comedy does that, there's little hope for redemption.