Friday, May 8, 2015

Hot Pursuit
Released May 8th 2015
1 hr 27 mins
Rated PG-13
Action/Adventure, Comedy


Director: Anne Fletcher
Writer: David Feeney, John Quaintance

Reese Witherspoon as Officer Cooper
Sofía Vergara as Daniella Riva
Jim Gaffigan as Red
Robert Kazinsky as Randy
Joaquín Cosio as Vicente Cortez
Vincent Laresca as Felipe Riva
Michael Mosley as Det. Dixon
John Carroll Lynch as Captain Emmett
Matthew Del Negro as Det. Hauser
Richard T. Jones as Det. Jackson
Evaluna Montaner as Teresa Cortez
Mike Birbiglia as Steve
Michael Ray Escamilla as Angel
Benny Nieves as Jesus
David Jensen as Wayne
Jodi Lyn Brockton as Dealer
Leslie Quezada as Dancer #3
Chelsea Avina as Quinceañera Girl #1

Review by Stephen M.

Hot Pursuit hits a speed bump in every aspect of the film, from plot, to acting and even lesbian make out scenes.  The movie has a few good laughs which would not warrant spending your hard earned money this weekend.  Reese Witherspoon plays Officer Cooper, who is as adept as being a police officer as Barney Fife.  She is brought on to escort the wife of a witness, Daniella (Sofia Vergara) who will testify against a cartel leader.

When you think of great comedic duos like Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello, Witherspoon and Vergara will never be part of that conversation.  The pair lacked chemistry with either intentional or unintentional over acting on both parts.  So much to the point that what is on the screen is not funny enough to laugh with them or even at them.  The movie is not without its funny parts but they are far and few in between.  And it is not due to a lack of trying.  They pull every slapstick, stereotype and even Justin Bieber joke they can possibly dig up.  Unfortunately the execution by the two ladies and predictable and boorish plot makes this film one that should have headed straight to video.

The only good thing about the film is that the likelihood of a sequel is nil.  If you were told that a movie with Sofia Vergara undressing in one scene and making it out with Reese Witherspoon in another scene would be a dud, you probably would not believe it.  The highlight of the film for me is not the two previous mentioned scenes but rather Detective Jackson and Officer Cooper meeting and talking about pulling a "Cooper."

Overall, I would recommend waiting for this on Netflix or Redbox if you really want to see this.  It is just not worth paying even matinee for, unless you are really a big fan of the two.  And even then you should go in with low expectations.  I actually enjoyed the beginning of the film when it was just between Witherspoon's character and Detective Jackson played by Richard T. Jones.  If they had made the movie about those two than between Reese and Sofia, I don't assume but rather know I would have enjoyed it more.


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