Bullock, McCarthy challenge male buddy comedies in 'The Heat'

Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:31pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actresses Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are mounting a challenge to this summer's male-dominated comedies with their buddy cop comedy "The Heat" opening at movie theaters on Friday.

The R-rated comedic offerings at the summer box office have so far included three guys heading to Las Vegas to hunt down a gangster in "The Hangover 3," two middle-aged men interning at Google in "The Internship" and a group of male celebrities preparing for the apocalypse in "This is the End."

"The Heat," by "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig brings together an unlikely duo, pairing an uptight FBI agent (Bullock) with a loud and aggressive Boston cop (McCarthy) to bring down a drug lord.

Amid shenanigans that include stake-outs, family drama, a drunken night and explosions, the pair learns how to work together and a friendship develops.

Buddy cop comedies have long been a Hollywood staple, from franchise films like "Beverly Hills Cop," "Lethal Weapon," "Bad Boys" and "Rush Hour" to more recent films like "The Other Guys" and last year's "21 Jump Street" remake. But they have featured male leads.

Starring two women in such a film required some changes, Feig told Reuters.

The 50-year-old director, who has helped usher in a new wave of female-led R-rated comedies, said he wanted the characters to deal with issues that professional women would face on the job, while also showing women who enjoy being in the work force.

"We wanted to say, 'If you love your job, that's what you should be doing and maybe you might need a friend in a similar situation to be your confidante,'" he said.   Continued...

Actor Sandra Bullock attends the UK gala screening of "The Heat" at the Curzon Mayfair in London, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris