Alright, I confess, I simply could not get through this. And I tried, god knows I did, but the amount of deeply unpleasant police brutality played for laughs, and the extremely overt misandric humor, not to mention the good old-fashioned mind-boggling stupidity of it all, in the FIRST TEN MINUTES ALONE was just about as much as I could take. I soldiered on for another half hour or so but couldn't make it to the end. The Melissa McCarthy character is just foul, a female fascist pig (sow? can I say that?) screaming abuse at every man she meets and taking glee in inflicting completely unnecessary physical pain on them just for laughs. Playing Russian Roulette pointing a loaded gun at a man's genitals. Taking a teenage boy to jail just for smoking a joint and going out of her way to destroy the family life of a foolish john caught trying to pick up a streetwalker. We're supposed to find this kind of contempt and hostility funny and... empowering? something like that. But I really didn't. And if the genders were reversed, neither would anyone else. Neither would you.
Anyhow, I don't know which is the more astoundingly implausible: Sandra Bullock effortlessly being the best cop on the force without doing a single scrap of detective work or the morbidly obese McCarthy successfully chasing after and catching a 19 year old black kid in peak physical condition. I guess the latter, just for sheer absurd spectacle, but it's a close call.
There's a few funny moments around the McCarthy character's family dinner table, and you get to see Bill Burr for a little bit, which is always worth a watch. But still: awful, awful film.
Action / Comedy
Action / Comedy
Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent, is extremely ambitious and has her eye on a promotion, but she doesn't get along with her co-workers. She is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin, by tracking down his proxy, Rojas, and is told that she'll have a good shot at the promotion if she finds Larkin. When she arrives in Boston, she learns that Larkin has been eliminating his competition and taking over their operations. She learns that Rojas is in Boston PD custody and goes to see him to ask him what he knows about Larkin, but is warned that the cop who arrested Rojas, Shannon Mullins, is very territorial, and she is not exactly sociable. When the two meet they don't get along. When Mullins learns why Ashburn is in Boston, she decides to find Larkin herself. Ashburn is told by her boss to work with Mullins, but it won't be easy because Ashburn does things by the book while Mullins does things her way.
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