Hot Pursuit Isn’t Worth the Chase

There seems to be a boom of female led comedies as of late, ever since the incredible success of Bridesmaids. I’m not saying, female comedies never happened, but it seems now like they are finally in high demand. We’ve gotten movies like The Heat and Pitch Perfect. I mean they are even making a Ghostbusters film starring all women. All I can say is, it’s about time. Most of these female lead comedies as of late have all been quite solid, which only means we are bound to get a few that don’t make the cut. Hot Pursuit, from director Anne Fletcher, is a prime example.

Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon in Hot Pursuit

Sofía Vergara and Reese Witherspoon in Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit follows awkward and by-the-book cop, Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon), who must protect outspoken Daniella Riva (Sofía Vergara), an important witness that must testify against a powerful drug lord while being chased by crooked cops and criminals.

I would love to say that Hot Pursuit is another strong, female led comedy, but I can’t. Unfortunately, it is lazy, and uncreative. It brings nothing new to a subgenre that we’ve seen over and over agin. I won’t lie, the two lead actresses have great chemistry and you can sense they were having a lot of fun making this picture, but sadly I can’t say the same. This 87 minute picture, unfortunately drags, as if it were a long skit. Its over-the-top acting, and Witherspoon’s accent makes me feel like I’m watching a sketch from Saturday Night Live, that never ends. However, the movie is harmless. It means well, and isn’t the worst movie I’ve seen in theaters so far this year, but it’s nothing I plan on seeing again.

Although Hot Pursuit barely got a chuckle out of me, I would say if I really laughed at any point, it was because of Vergara. She’s not only charismatic, but quite talented when it comes to comedic delivery, but we knew that from watching the hit show, Modern Family. Witherspoon, who’s been tackling some major projects such as the Academy Award nominated films, Gone Girl and Wild, must have needed to take on something much, much lighter. The reason this action-comedy fails so hard, is it because it is simply uncreative. Not one creative or witty joke, a recycled plot, and characters we’ve seen countless times on screen.  It feels like an effortless made movie, just to rack in some money from the people who aren’t interested in seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron. All I can say is this is a picture I don’t recommend you pursue.

Simply put, Hot Pursuit is a hot mess!

-By Jacob Tiranno

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