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Hot Pursuit Movie Review

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Just two years after The Heat scorched the box office, it has shockingly been remade in the form of Hot Pursuit, a buddy cop movie with only one cop and Sofia Vergara’s boobs.

Starring Reese Witherspoon and the aforementioned twins, Hot Pursuit is a dumb comedy where it’s best to abandon your brain at the door and inhale some pure carbon dioxide for five minutes before attempting to enjoy it. Full of mindless, lazy jokes that don’t entirely miss the mark but don’t exactly exude ingenuity, either, Hot Pursuit offers some entertainment value while still being as bad as its trailers suggest.

Make no mistake: Hot Pursuit is not The Heat, despite relying on a bunch of situational comedy that pairs a tight-ass, by-the-book police officer with a much more street smart “partner.” The difference is that The Heat was well written, and Hot Pursuit is full of a bunch of cheap jokes that seem pulled from another era.

As bad as the movie is, Vergara and Witherspoon have good chemistry together and appear to have had fun making this movie (why Witherspoon agreed to be in this movie is another question). Witherspoon gives it her all, or at least as much as the Oscar winner needed to give for a low-grade comedy such as this. Listening to Vergara’s screeching voice for an hour and a half is another story.

Despite its many shortcomings, the movie evoked a fair amount of laughter from the screening audience. There were a few times where I laughed, too. A couple running jokes work effectively, and some of its slapstick humor is chuckle-worthy. Still, the best part of the movie is that it is only 85 minutes long--and even then it feels a bit long.

Hot Pursuit is harmless, but it’s also not good, and no matter how much cleavage Sofia Vergara shows isn’t enough to save it.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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