‘The Heat’ Trailer: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy As Buddy Cops

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 6:20 pm,

Today’s movie-going audience is overly familiar with the conventions of the buddy cop genre. The relationship dynamic between the two polar-opposite characters usually causes friction early on, but then tends to morph into friendship as the two find ways to work as a team. However, when the chemistry between the two starring actors is there, it often leads to hilarious results, as was the case with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum earlier this year in 21 Jump Street.

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) may not be changing the winning formula of character dynamics in his latest buddy cop film, The Heat, but the change he is making is quite noticeable, and that is the gender of his leads. As we see in the newest trailer of the film, Feig is giving the male-dominated genre a makeover by casting Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI agents in his action-comedy.

Even with women in roles typically held by men, the trailer outlines a premise that is similar to many films we’ve seen before. Bullock plays Sarah Ashburn, the methodical, uptight, slightly insecure, straight-shooting detective against McCarthy’s wild, foul-mouthed, loose-cannon with street smarts character, Shannon Mullins. Of course, the pair doesn’t exactly get along after first meeting each other, but are forced to become partners and learn to work together.

However, as we know, the formula can and does work when executed well and admittedly, there are some humorous, even laugh-out-loud moments in the trailer, including a scene where Mullins discovers Ashburn wears spanx in the women’s restroom and a scene where the two accidentally drop a suspect from a balcony while attempting to interrogate him.

the heat bullock mccarthy The Heat Trailer: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy As Buddy Cops

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in ‘The Heat’

McCarthy and Bullock, who have both made solid comedic turns before, (McCarthy in Bridesmaids earned her an Academy Award nomination, which is rare for a comedic performance) add to the film’s promise, but perhaps even more promising for the film’s potential success is Feig behind the camera. After all, he’s pulled off this type of gender role-reversal before with Bridesmaids, a film featuring a female ensemble that was certainly as raunchy and as funny as many of the films led by male casts in recent years (The Hangover being the most obvious comparison).

We’re bound to see more clips and trailers before The Heat hits theatres, but so far, fans of the buddy cop genre, and of McCarthy and Bullock, will probably like what they see.

The Heat is currently scheduled for an April 5th, 2013 release.

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  1. I am DOWN to see this

  2. looks pretty good.

  3. Seems like a pretty good movie with some great acting, also great casting

    • **it’s a Crack addict scam you keep all the money**

  4. Terrible. Looks like “The Other Guys”, only even worse.

    • the other guys is really good…

      • you’re joking right? the other guys was one of the worst wastes of dvd’s ever. this looks to be right there with it.

    • I agree how many times is Melissa McCarthy going to play that type of character?! It’s like Zach Galifianikas all over again!

      Surely to be different you would have Sandra Bullock playing the slob and McCarthy as the pro?!

      Looks awful

    • lol…I also thought about “The Other Guys” and “Cop Out”

  5. IMO, good movie, bad trailer, terrible music choice.

  6. I see u Spoken Reasons

  7. spoken reasons is in this movie also :P

  8. Can we please please please stop pretending Melissa McCarthy is funny?

  9. Looks gooooooood!

  10. Huh, I actually wanna see this.

  11. Spoken Reasonz my guy…

  12. if i didnt like fat girls…i would hate this chick

  13. This has the potential to be funny but the trailer was terrible.

  14. honestly ill see anything with bullock. plus this looks pretty good. i was laughing out loud at the last scene.

    what do you expect to be popping out. lol

  15. does remind me of the other guys, im just glad is not suppose to be a sequel called the other gals. and yea the fact that spoken reasons is in it makes me want to see this. [if ppl dont know who he is, highly suggest you youtube him]

  16. Melissa McCarthy is better than these movies. Shes great in “Mike and Molly” but i can’t stand vulgar female comedy. Women can be very funny. Tina Fey, Amy Poeler, Ellen DeGeneres. But it stops being funny when they resort to crude, white-trash, poop jokes humor.

    as is the case with every Melissa McCarthy movie. “Bridesmaids” sucked, because it stooped so low for the humor. “Heat” and “Identity Theft” dont seem to be much better.

    I wish she would play a straight forward comedy and stop being so over the top annoying

  17. The trailer music is awful and does not seem to fit the film.

    This looks like Red Heat with women and no Soviet references.

  18. I am very dissapointed. It said it was supposed to be in theatres april 5th, and it isnt. Now i just looked it up and it says it isnt gonna be in theatres till june 28th :( i was looking forward to seeing it today!

  19. Absolutely hillarious movie saw this last night at a chicks at flick movie too funny.

  20. Oh Man I Gotta See These Two Together!!!!!!!

  21. Saw Identy Thief was great can not wait to see The Heat. Love Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, can not wait to own itDD

  22. will not come back to this site as you would not let me off unless i closed it and re open

  23. I would see anything with Sandra Bullock in it, but this movie was awful.