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“The Heat,” the new Boston crime comedy by “Freaks and Geeks” creator and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig, is a few love letters at once.
It’s certainly a love letter to classic buddy cop films, and to actress Melissa McCarthy, whose R-rated rants have become a hit at the box office. It’s also a love letter to Boston, which has a big part in this story of two female crime fighters who, despite their absurd differences, must work together to take down a local drug lord.
McCarthy plays a tough Boston detective who spends most of her time in a Pawtucket Red Sox T-shirt. Sandra Bullock costars as McCarthy’s rival/partner, an uptight FBI agent who can’t make friends.