Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner — or a friend for that matter.
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Paul Fieg follows up BRIDESMAIDS with this raucous comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as cops on the trail of a vicious drug lord. Not as subversive perhaps as BRIDESMAIDS, but Bullock and McCarthy are a comedy dream team. McCarthy plays a variation on her persona from BRIDESMAIDS, but she really nails it. Pokes fun at 70s buddy cop dramas,and even packs a bit of emotional at the end.
Sandra Bullock was a perfect foil, straight woman in this. She pulled off, in spades, the "Outwardly Gorgeous, Inwardly Awkward" arc that her character was given to work with. And Melissa McCarthy grabbed her role with both hands, and did what she did with it. And it was entertaining. I was entertained. The purpose of this comedy was to entertain, and it entertained me. Emphasis, on the "entertain."
Good comedy with a lot of laughs and it's great to see Bullock stretch her funny bones. McCarthy, while effective in this movie, is once again doing the pottymouthed schtick she has done before which is a bit tiring to be honest. The plot is highly derivative and the running time is way too long to suspend the thin narrative. Still this is a enjoyable buddy-comedy that'll keep you entertained.
IMHO, this seemingly generic buddy movie is kinda revolutionary in its casting of two hilarious comic actresses who are allowed an entire movie to be crass, slapstick and witty. It's the movie Bridesmaids was a cupcake business and a sappy romantic interest away from being. I still think it would have been better if Bullock and McCarthy had played against type and swapped roles.
Being surprised at how much I laughed at this would be an understatement. I was going into the movie expecting a chuckle every now and then, but damned if I didn't laugh every bit as much as I did at Bridesmaids. Funny, considering female comedians are still completely underrated... Even though Adam Sandler continues to land major roles. Makes complete sense.
It could have been a little funnier, but – let me just say – I am so happy there is a Hollywood film with badass older (and by mainstream sexist standards, that's 35+) women actors in lead action roles. Not to mention, I have a soft spot in my heart for Sandra (come on – The Net! Speed!) So really, I had a good time.
Never expected to like this film, but when you're stuck on a plane - why not. I haven't laughed so much in a comedy in a while, this was hilarious. Has a bit of swearing, but Bullock & McCarthy are a great comedy duo - one crass and the other a prude makes for lots of funny stuff. Will see it again :)