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“The Heat”: The One Movie From 2013 I Want to See a Sequel To

by on July 25, 2013

There have certainly been quite a few crappy movies released in the summer of 2013. Studios have reverted further and further into the black hole of apocalyptic cinema, and the movies that wind up on the big screen are becoming more similar than ever.

But I digress.

The larger trend is for studios to make movies they hope can be franchised and built upon. From Man of Steel to Iron Man 3 to Star Trek Into Darkness, more and more movies are becoming part of a larger brand. The problem with all the sequels is that they come at the expense of different, interesting movies.

Oftentimes, we are left with movies that cater to generality and broadness in order to make more money from a worldwide audience (See: The Lone Ranger).

Even worse, we are fed the same characters repeatedly every summer because a studio doesn’t want to go out on a limb and make an original movie. Another Man of Steel—this time with Batman—is reportedly in the works, another Avengers movie is on the way, and why slow down the J.J. Abrams/Star Trek train?

I bring all of this up because of a movie that has stood out to me this summer solely because of its originality.

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy seemed to have a great time making “The Heat.” Did they catch lightning in a bottle, or can it happen again?

The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is the only movie I have seen in 2013 that I would want to see a sequel to. It gave me something you rarely, if ever, see in the movies.

That is, a buddy-cop comedy about two (very funny) women. No one knew these two would have such great chemistry together, but now, I can’t imagine a world without Bullock and McCarthy doing this movie together.

And who wouldn’t want to see the two reunite to take down another Boston drug lord or something ridiculous? They just seemed to have so much fun together working on this movie, that it becomes contagious.

The movie in and of itself isn’t great, but Bullock and McCarthy elevate it to the point where it is some of the best fun you’ll have in a movie theater this summer. You can feel the actors growing closer together throughout the movie, McCarthy’s crude persona meshing nicely with Bullock’s cocky yet clean attitude.

The movie was marketed mostly towards women—and was successful in the box office—but it was legitimately funny and not a chick flick at all. Any man forced to go see this movie certainly did not regret it.

Most importantly, this is a fun movie. And that’s what the movie’s are all about, aren’t they? We want to go to the movies to enjoy ourselves. After a while, you need a break from all of the endless explosions and destruction.

The good news is, a sequel penned by screenwriter Katie Dippold is reportedly in the works. I, for one, will be looking forward to it. I would love to spend more time with Ashburn and Mullins.

3/5 stars

What movie from this summer do you want to see a sequel to?

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