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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

The Heat redband trailer: leaving me cold

When even the movies starring women make fun of men for being girly, we’re in big trouble.

I guess this is all my fault. I just had to demand movies with female protagonists, didn’t I? It never occurred to me to specify that these be good movies. But when it comes to Hollywood, this is never a given. I must remember that in the future.


US/Canada release date: Jun 28 2013 | UK release date: Jul 31 2013
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  • Danielm80

    I was surprisingly impressed with the acting and the direction. My thought was: If they can get that performance out of that script, they must be really talented.

  • Matt Clayton

    Katie Dippold wrote the script. I think that scene where McCarthy’s character is “looking” for the captain’s balls was partly improvised. It looks hilarious though.

  • So? A woman wrote the script, and another woman improvised something that’s both woman-hating *and* man-hating, so that makes it okay?

  • RogerBW

    After Bridesmaids, you should have known better.

    It may be the trailer’s framing, but it seems to me that a lot of the supposed laughs here are meant to be generated by the women behaving the way men do in every generic cop action movie ever. Oh dear.

  • Matt Clayton

    MAJ, I can see where you’re coming from in terms of that scene (plus that warehouse scene) — but McCarthy’s character is challenging him for being a stickler to protocol rather than calling him girly. (There’s another red-band trailer where the captain says “The FBI has jurisdiction” and tells her to knock it off as she starts ‘looking for his balls.’)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbSfd_n_Pog

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