‘Hot Pursuit’ review: Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara brawl like marred …
May 7, 2015 - accent chair
Reese Witherspoon spent many of final year articulate about how there aren’t any good roles for women in Hollywood and how she took control of her career and co-produced “Wild” and “Gone Girl,” peculiarity cinema with clever women in a lead roles.
Witherspoon’s initial film given “Wild” is “Hot Pursuit,” a highway outing comedy with Sofia Vergara that opens this weekend as counterprogramming for those who aren’t meddlesome in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” intelligent plan by Warner Bros.
It’s place on a report is a usually thing that’s intelligent about “Hot Pursuit,” a relentlessly reticent bagatelle that squanders a talents of a dual appealing stars in a formulaic, joke-free wasteland. “Hot Pursuit” is slack, feeble staged and photographed, and has some tract points that advise it’s still a man’s world, even with women in a director’s chair and above a title.
Witherspoon plays a daddy’s lady who grows adult roving in a behind of father’s patrolman automobile and can’t wait to follow in his footsteps. Her character’s name is Cooper (not Coop, like Matthew McConaughey in “Interstellar,” though tighten enough). She’s wound-tight and mistake-prone, wants to do a right thing though stranded in a skill room since she takes all so damn literally.
Her large mangle comes when she’s reserved to assistance chaperon a star declare in a drug hearing and his mother to court. The mother is a irascible spitefire played by Vergara, and after a sloppily filmed shootout, Witherspoon and Vergara are on a run, chased by a cops and several bad guys.
On a travel is some-more accurate. This slow-speed “chase” leaves copiousness of time for Witherspoon and Vergara to stop, bicker, drag a container around, and act like seventh-graders on a sugarine high. Their personalities are farfetched to forever and beyond: Witherspoon as a prissy perfectionist, Vergara as a coochie-coochie bombshell. Vergara turns adult her Colombian accent (and a volume); Witherspoon attempts a Texas gusto that sounds like Reese Witherspoon talkin’ funny.
It’s grating, not in a nails-on-chalkboard approach though some-more like being stranded in a parking lot, forever looking for an dull space. Witherspoon and Vergara have glamour to gangling and a intensity for an oil-and-water chemistry that could have worked, though executive Anne Fletcher (“27 Dresses,” “The Proposal”) didn’t beam them anywhere and writers David Feeney and John Quiantance gave them zero to work with. The women constantly insult any other’s earthy coming and magnitude any other by their ability to attract a man. The writers yield Witherspoon with a available adore interest, a hunky man who shows adult and rescues a ladies when they need it most. Some things never change.
“Hot Pursuit” is a kind of film where somebody gets shot in a arm and immediately starts fluttering that arm but a symbol on it. It’s a kind of film where a follow involving a train full of comparison adults is a many sparkling movement scene. It’s a kind of film where a bloopers that run with a finish credits are many funnier than anything that came before. That’s a good order for a comedy: if a miss tilt is funnier than a movie, you’re in trouble.
Running time: 95 minutes
Playing at: Opens Thursday, May 7, for dusk previews; everywhere on Friday, May 8.
Cast and crew: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, John Carroll Lynch, Richard T. Jones, Rob Kazinsky; created by David Feeney and John Quiantance; destined by Anne Fletcher.
The lowdown: Witherspoon and Vergara are squandered in a sore follow comedy that goes nowhere slowly.
— Jeff Baker