Director Paul Feig was able to hit a home run with his big-screen directorial debut, Bridesmaids. The movie has tons of character, warmth and a very strong and consistent delivery of laughs. His followup again features the hilarious Melissa McCarthy, a tough-as-nails cop. She's forced to team up with a by-the-book, straight-laced FBI agent, played by a far less entertaining Sandra Bullock, in what is essentially your typical buddy cop flick, swapping the typical male leads with women.
Besides replacing the two leads with women, this movie offers absolutely nothing new to the formulaic buddy cop formula.
We first meet uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock). She only cares about the job and is set on getting a major promotion. But before it can happen, she's forced to head to Boston to try and take down a typical crime boss.
This is where she crosses paths with Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), an officer who doesn't play by the rules.
The two start off rocky at first but slowly connect as they come closer to solving the case. McCarthy is by far the best part of this movie, offering some of the best one-liners and quotable dialogue. Most of her jokes pay off excellently, and make up for the majority of humor in this film. Her filthy mouth and the way she treats just about everyone around her came off like a more hardcore version of her character from Bridesmaids, and for the most part, it worked.
The problem begins when we have to spend time with Bullock's Sarah Ashburn character. Her awkwardness comes off only as that - completely awkward. Where McCarthy for the most part sticks every joke in the film, Bullock seems to painfully miss. The humor seems to fall flat whenever the focus lands on her character. The combination of the two made for a very uneven comedy.
The unevenness married with the typical plot made for a very uninteresting, forgettable movie experience. While on the one hand, there were parts that had the audience laughing hysterically, there were just as many misses, leaving the audience silent. This unevenness is exactly why I can't wholeheartedly recommend this film, a disappointing followup to Paul Feig's excellent big-screen debut.
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