Anyone who has seen McCarthy and Bullock in Bridesmaids and Miss Congeniality respectively knows that they can both play hardasses with a sense of humor. Watching this, you know that they both know it as well, and yet they don’t really know how to find a decent stride in their performances until the latter half. In certain scenes, they’re actually almost overshadowed by some of the supporting cast members like Kaitlin Olson’s rather amusing turn as a Tatiana the Bulgarian prostitute.
Outside of its comedic moments, The Heat tries going for emotion occasionally, but it’s tough to feel connected to this couple of characters when they aren’t that well established. It’s nice at times and the chemistry in the latter half helps, but it’s not entirely enough to save it from the same pitfalls as most buddy cop movies. It’s a rather big shame that The Heat wasn’t all it was cracked up to be because these two ladies should have been heading a better film.