‘Hot Pursuit’ is here! The new buddy comedy has hit theaters, and all the reviews are in. Should you run to the theater to check it out or simply run the other way?
In Hot Pursuit, which hits theaters on May 8, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara play an unlikely duo forced to run for their lives when they face imminent threat from a drug lord. With two A-list leading ladies, with comedy chops to boot, the movie seems like a slam dunk, right? Well, maybe not. Check out what all the critics had to say!
‘Hot Pursuit’ Reviews:
One imagines this being pitched as a cross between The Heat and Midnight Run, but it has none of the outrageousness of the former or the freewheeling sense of fun of the latter. Or for that matter originality or edge: Most of the jokes center on the fact that Cooper is incompetent and short, and that Daniella is loud, spoiled and Hispanic.
The best part of Hot Pursuit by far comes at the end, in the blooper reel. That’s where we finally get to see two smart, engaging actresses with real chemistry do naturally what they’ve been straining so hard to do for the past 90 minutes: Make us laugh.
Isn’t this the sort of nitwit comedy Reese Witherspoon wasn’t going to have to make anymore after becoming a producer on the likes of Wild and Gone Girl? A jaw-droppingly klutzy law enforcement farce in the vein of The Heat, albeit deprived of the R-rated raunch and out-there gags, this is a down-home comedy that should have stayed there, as it does no favors to the appealing but ill-served (and poorly photographed) co-stars Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.
But while Hot Pursuit makes much of the vocal, temperamental and physical contrasts between its stars — not since Frodo and Gandalf has a difference in height been so carefully emphasized on screen — it doesn’t give them anything especially fresh or interesting to do together. We are in the midst of a comedy boom, and within it an explosion of feminist and woman-driven humor, but the news has apparently not reached Warner Bros. headquarters.
It’s so bad it will go down as Academy Award-winning Witherspoon’s worst movie, at least for the foreseeable future. It’s so bad it will keep Modern Family star Vergara locked up tight in her sexy over-the-top Colombian comedian cliché box.
What do you think of the reviews? Do you plan to see Hot Pursuit?
— Casey Mink