Friday, May 8, 2015

Hot Pursuit - 2 stars

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.

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