I think the filmmakers were inspired by The Heat. Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is a lot like Sandra Bullock’s character – she’s uptight, by the book, and nobody likes her. But the heat was a funny movie with well-developed characters and an intelligent script. Hot Pursuit has none of those things.
I chuckled now and then, but I don’t think I ever laughed out loud. There’s a running gag where every time they reference Cooper and Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara), Cooper’s a little shorter and Riva’s a little older. That was ok, but the physical comedy just didn’t work. Things like Cooper and Riva trying to climb out of a bathroom window, or driving a bus and shooting out the window while handcuffed together, those scenes are just obvious and not funny.
The movie also has the requisite dumb disguises. When Cooper is sneaking into a drug lord’s house, she’s dresses as Justin Bieber. Then five minutes later, she changes and dresses like a waitress. Why abandon the first disguise? Because costume changes are funny, right?
Even the outtakes during the closing credits aren’t funny. Save your money and wait for Netflix.