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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to Offer Solidarity with Early Screening of Cop Comedy 'The Heat' for Boston Police

by Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
April 22, 2013 12:47 PM
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Bullock and McCarthy in 'The Heat'

In the wake of last week's series of tragedies in Boston -- the twin bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon, and the subsequent manhunt that lead to the death of an MIT police officer -- director Paul Feig has arranged for his upcoming summer comedy "The Heat" to screen for Boston police.

If the hilarious opposites-attract buddy cop comedy was already destined to be a hit, based on how The"The Heat" played at CinemaCon last week, its celebration of Boston cops will only make it even more timely.

Its yin and yang stars are Sandra Bullock as an ambitious control-freak FBI agent who reluctantly joins forces with scrappy bulldozer Melissa McCarthy as a foul-mouthed Boston cop. (It's the antithesis of Michael Bay's poorly-received dumb-male comedy "Pain & Gain.") In Las Vegas, Bullock told CNN, "[Boston]'s been an amazing tightknit community before this happened, and it just bonded a community even more."

"It's a remarkable place, an amazing city that's obviously going through a really tough situation," McCarthy added. "I have a sweet spot for it now."

Feig, who previously directed McCarthy's female-driven summer smash "Bridesmaids" (2011), which garnered her an Oscar nomination, said he used real Boston locations and local residents for the film's shoot. "The movie is such a love letter to Boston," he told CNN. "I love that city."

No word yet on when the screening for Boston police will take place, but "The Heat" is slated for wide theatrical release on June 28. (Trailer below.)


  • Anne Thompson | April 22, 2013 4:07 PMReply

    I watched the entire film at CinemaCon along with many exhibitors and talked to many of them afterwards. They tend to be fairly conservative as a group and many prefer to book PG13 over R rated movies in their theaters. I can tell you the movie did not play well--whereas The Heat, which was also screened there, was a hit. The Michael Bay movie opens Friday and so far Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic reviews have not posted. We will see where they land.

  • Dan | April 22, 2013 3:29 PMReply

    havent the people of boston suffered enough?

  • Fillip | April 22, 2013 1:53 PMReply

    "It's the antithesis of Michael Bay's poorly-received dumb-male comedy "Pain & Gain."

    I don't usually do this, but: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Are you sure you live on planet Earth, Anne Thompson? Poorly-received? Seriously, are you on crack?

    First: the movie is NOT even out yet for the general public. Second: EVERY single respectable critic who has seen the movie earlier is impressed and they're saying nothing but positive things. The buzz is incredibly positive and most people who have seen the movie call it one of the best and most original movies of 2013. I don't know what you're trying to prove here Thompson, but get your facts straight and don't think that the few people who make the mistake of reading your stuff are all dumb.

    Or...if you're getting paid to write false stuff just to create negative buzz around certain movies try to come up with better lies. I'm sure you're quite good at that.

  • tyler4all | April 22, 2013 8:11 PM

    "one of the best and most original" has never been used in conjunction with the name "Michael Bay" ever by anyone with a sliver of integrity. really.

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