Hot Pursuit

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Stars' chemistry can't save uninspiring, cliché comedy.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Don't judge a book by its cover. But still, women are judged by their appearance, and having humor based in "lace thongs vs. granny panties" divisions isn't exactly empowering. Other jokes are based on additional tired cliches about women (a character can't get a date because she's so square, etc.).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Officer Cooper may not seem like a force to be reckoned with, but she rises to the occasion when given the opportunity. Daniella Riva appears to be a materialistic, superficial trophy wife, but poor assumptions often deceive. Some stereotyping related to the "saucy Latina" archetype.

Violence

Gunfights sometimes result in deaths, though viewers don't see much gore. A woman punches another. A man beats up another guy with his bare hands. Cars topple and careen on major highways, causing accidents.

Sex

Conversations about sex, though nothing shown on screen. A woman kisses a man, and he alludes to wanting more. A woman kisses a woman to distract a man. Many close-up shots of cleavage. The back of a woman, who's undressing in public, is shown, with her bra visible. A woman walks in on a man getting out of the shower; no sensitive body parts are shown, but it's implied that he's fully naked. Jokes related to the main characters' sex appeal (or lack thereof).

Language

"Damn," "ass," "hell," "scumbag," "bitch," and "s--t."

Consumerism

Logos for Dodge and Apple.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking by adults (beer, liquor, etc.); flashback shows a character drunk. A main character is in the widow of a drug kingpin and is in danger from the cartel. Drugs are shown in flashback, and in one scene, a main character accidentally gets high on cocaine, with little consequence (situation is played for humor).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hot Pursuit is primarily an odd-couple buddy road-trip comedy, though it does have some violence, given the subject matter (a cop protects a woman who could be a witness against a drug lord). Gunfights results in deaths (non gory), and there are car chases/crashes and fights. Expect some sexual innuendo, as well as kissing, a bra-clad woman undressing, and a naked man getting out of the shower (no graphic nudity shown in either case). The two stars (Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara) exchange a kiss with the intent of distracting a man, and there are plenty of jokes about their relative body shapes and sex appeal, as well as some humor based in Latina stereotypes. Strong language includes "s--t" and "bitch," and there's some drinking by adults; a main character also accidentally gets high (played for humor).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byAmyB 10 May 29, 2015

A bit Risqué

This movie had several sexual innuendos, crude humor and some language. It is rated PG-13 for a reason.
Adult Written byJacobarose August 23, 2015

Not for kids

Kids can't watch this it is not for kids under 14 lots of death talk jail and drug lords.
Teen, 16 years old Written byJflores14 May 9, 2015

Hilarious comedy that is sure to please teens!

This film is super funny and made me laugh the entire movie! Go see it! CONTENT: VIOLENCE: lots of shooting and even some killing. Drug dealers shoot at each o... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 July 30, 2015

What a steaming pile of crap.

Hot Pursuit was terrible. It was formulaic, lazy, unfunny (I laughed once), and annoying as hell. Reese Witherspoon was average, not bad, but a bit irksome. Sof... Continue reading

What's the story?

A drug lord is up for trial, and Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon), who rarely sees any action outside the evidence room, is finally invited to join the big time when she's asked to guard mobster's wife Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara), who's entering the witness protection program and testifying against the cartel. But soon he's gunned down, along with the U.S. marshal assigned to protect him, leaving Cooper as the sole cop guarding Riva's life. As it turns out, allies don't appear to be allies, and enemies aren't easily identified. Against their wishes, the two women will have to rely on each other to survive.

Is it any good?

Though Witherspoon and Vergara have enough charisma to power through any calamity -- and the kind of rapport that's crucial to a buddy comedy -- they simply can't save it from being boring. The script holds no originality or surprises; in fact, it's so uninspired that it's almost offensive: Do we really still need period jokes? And is a woman's inability to get a date still to be attributed to her square-ness? Props for trying, but ho-hum. Witherspoon and Vergara deserve better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • This is a female-driven buddy comedy. Is there anything different about the dynamic between the two women compared to how men's "bromances" tend to be portrayed in other films?

  • Families can talk about whether Hot Pursuit plays into issues related to body image and stereotyping. Is it OK for the two main characters to point out each other's perceived flaws because they're both women? What if a man was doing it? What's the ultimate message to viewers?

  • What role does violence play in the story? Do the gunfights and car crashes have less impact because the movie is a comedy?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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