Parents' Guide to

The Heat

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Female buddy-cop comedy mixes humor, violence, drinking.

Movie R 2013 117 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 18+

Hilarious adult comedy

To much language To much violence Sexual references A lot of drinking

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

The heat 2013

To much swearing one totally drunk scene and it shows that teamwork is brilliant

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21):
Kids say (62):

The Heat takes a typically male genre -- the buddy-cop action movie -- and turns it on its head, serving up a hilarious, if predictable, contribution to the genre. The film's best assets are its leads, who share an easy, believable rapport, even if they're very different.

What's groundbreaking here is that the differences between the two main characters aren't the obvious ones -- don't expect any low blows about McCarthy's weight or the usual NYC-versus-Boston rivalry. Instead, Ashburn and Mullins are allowed complexities unique to them, so they're interesting. Don't expect the crime detection part to be anything more than paint-by-numbers. But since The Heat gives us the fantastic duo that is Bullock and McCarthy, we'll cut it some slack.

Movie Details

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