Hot Pursuit: Film Review

Hot Pursuit has been out in the U.S. for aaages and it is finally released in the U.K. this week and while its standard comedy fare and not particularly noteworthy, it is still pretty good if you want some easy laughs.

Reese Witherspoon is Officer Cooper in this female buddy comedy, a policewoman who is uptight and by-the-book but is wasting her potential in the evidence room due to an earlier taser incident. She is given a job to look after the wife of a drug dealer as he goes to testify against his cartel boss, but a shootout ensues and the wife, Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara), and Cooper go on the run to protect themselves against the men out to kill them.

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It is a very basic premise and there is obvious room for humour here, but it isn’t laugh out loud funny that often. It made me smile and titter a lot but that’s it. There are a couple of truly hilarious scenes here though – such as when Cooper is high on coke, when they hide inside a moose and when Witherspoon is dressed like Justin Bieber. Their banter is pretty funny too and you can tell they have great chemistry.

Witherspoon’s character is incredible annoying to begin with but she has an obvious character arc of becoming a more normal person, while Daniella is slightly more interesting. Is she a criminal or not? I feel that Vergara has been typecast based on her looks and I feel bad for her – she can do more! The addition of Robert Kazinsky really pissed me off because his accent and acting was sodding awful and it pained me that he was British.

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This doesn’t really pull any surprises and the comedy is average but it still made me chuckle. I have always had a soft spot for Witherspoon and I find her just as adorable in this. I’m not a big fan of Vergara’s comedy but I actually really liked her after this, but the film as a whole just doesn’t match up to Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s buddy comedy The Heat, which was epic. That being said, it still put a smile on my face and it moves along at a speedy 88 minutes so I don’t have too much to complain about.

In U.K. cinemas on Friday 31st July 

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