Swanner: I want everyone aware that Brian hates Sandra Bullock. So if he says anything disparaging about The Heat it’s all to do with this irrational hate. The Heat starts with Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) as an uptight know it all who is moved from her New York position to Boston to work on a case. There she is teamed up with Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), a foul mouthed Boston cop, to solve a string of murders. The film is directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), written by Katie Dippold (Parks and Recreation) and is a very funny movie.
Judd: I do hate Sandra Bullock; I don’t think she’s funny, and I think The Heat proves how unfunny she really is when paired up against Melissa McCarthy. Of course, she plays the straight Woman to McCarthy’s Funny Woman. I found her timing to be off and completely un-charming. It was like watching someone do a bad Jack Lemmon impersonation. McCarthy, however, is brilliant as always. She’s a great physical comedian, and she always manages to make her emotional scenes feel genuine. Bullock isn’t worthy of washing McCarthy’s bra. That would be the jockstrap equivalent, right?
Swanner: Once again you are totally wrong. It was funnier because Sandra Bullock was in it. Sure she plays the uptight, by the rules character. That’s so when McCarthy goes wild we can live through vicariously through her. Her reactions become are ours. I can’t believe I need to explain these things to you. The two actress look like they are having so much fun that you can’t help but have a good time. The scenes with just the two women are where they are their funniest. I saw you laughing through the whole movie!
Judd: I think I know how the Straight Man character is supposed to work, and I think I did a dandy job at describing why Bullock totally sucked at it. Bullock’s reactions were not mine, nor any other person’s with a shred of authenticity. And before you go on about her Oscar, Louise Fletcher and Halle Berry both have Oscars! SNAP, Bitch! I was laughing through the movie, the script is good and jokes are funny. I disagree that the scenes with them alone were the funniest. In fact the most painful scene was the two women drinking and dancing at the bar. I felt bad for McCarthy.
Swanner: That was a classic romantic comedy scene where they bond while being drunk and end up singing a song. 27 Dresses has the same scene in it and it’s hilarious. I did want to mention that there is a good supporting cast that includes Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Michael McDonald and Damian Bichir. More people for Brian to hate. I thought the movie way funny…Bridesmaids funny. This is definitely a repeat watch and one you should see the first time with a full audience. Prepare to laugh.
Judd: By “a classic romantic comedy scene” you really mean classic garbage that isn’t funny in any movie and makes grown men cry. The reason Bridesmaids is funny is because it avoided all those ovarian clichés. I liked the supporting cast, particularly Wayans, Rapaport and JANE CURTIN! See, you’re so busy defending what you know is obviously crap, you forget about the brilliant and wonderful JANE CURTIN! However, I can’t stand Michael McDonald and can’t wait to hear about the day he’s run over by a bus driven at 50 MPH by Sandra Bullock, which then flips over and explodes guaranteeing their death in a fiery, hellish blaze.
Swanner: 3 1/2 Stars
Judd: 2 Stars