The setup here is pretty simple. Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is an ambitious, intelligent, successful by-the-book F.B.I. agent hoping for a promotion. She's also uptight, alienates her co-workers, never curses, and has no social life. (All of her personal photos are either her alone or with her neighbor's cat.) Her chance at promotion comes with her new assignment -- going to Boston to arrest a drug dealer no one can identify -- and the chance to show she can work well with others.
The answer to that is as obvious as the rest of the movie. Bullock and McCarthy are great together, and their polar-opposite characters have a nice chemistry. Beyond that, though, everyone and everything else is just so much background noise. The closest thing any of the supporting cast have to character development is Mullins' constant jokes about an albino agent; we also get such familiar scenes as an inappropriate family, getting drunk together in a bar, and quiet moments of bonding.
There are plenty of laughs from the stars in The Heat, but if you stop to think for just a second you'll see that there's almost nothing else worthwhile or original besides them.
Overall grade: B-
Reviewed by James Lynch