Thoughts on Hot Pursuit 2015

I was given the choice to see Hot Pursuit or Aloha, I chose this.

Spoilers!

Firstly, I want to say that whoever made the above trailer had obviously not seen the movie beforehand because it doesn’t portray what the story is at all about. If anything, the trailer makes this movie appear worse than it actually is and that’s a real shame.

Reese Witherspoon plays a by-the-book cop. Sofía Vergara plays the widow of a drug dealer. Reese, daughter of a veteran cop trying to prove herself amongst the big boys but downgraded to evidence receptionist, is called to bring Sofia to Texas to testify against the big bad once-untouchable drug lord.

And then let the funny wacky games begin! Oddly enough, this reminded me most of Rat Race with some elements of Miss Congeniality, Thelma and Louise and basically every  Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen caper from ten years ago.

This movie isn’t the best but it does have its funny moments. There’s some laugh-out-loud jokes (including granny panties, womanly business and a very funny Justin Bieber wig!) and cheap running gags over Reese’s height (or lack there of) and Sofia’s age. The write-ups here in Melbourne would make you believe that the two pose as lesbians but this isn’t the case. They pose as lesbians for maybe five minutes tops during the duration of the film so that’s hardly a plot basis.

It is hard to find likability in both character leads until the very end. Reese puts on a Southern-accent throughout the film which varies in degrees from uber-annoying to her native accent. Sofia’s accent remains the same, so you’ll either love it or hate it.

The movie ends the way you would expect it too but there are some plot twists to keep you guessing. The movie is not as bad as the critics make it out to be. It’s silly, unrealistic with an absurd romance thrown into the mix for good fun.

Take it for what it is or isn’t. It isn’t highly memorable, nor will it be a cult favourite but it’s good for a quick laugh if there’s nothing else showing. I enjoyed it none the less.

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