Reel Reviews: Buddy film Hot Pursuit brings differing opinions

Taylor and Howe say, “A lot of people hate Hot Pursuit, some people think it’s OK.”

  • May. 17, 2015 8:00 a.m.
Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) has been assigned protective duty of a dangerous diva named Riva (Sofia Vergara).

Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) has been assigned protective duty of a dangerous diva named Riva (Sofia Vergara).

Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is an uptight, by-the-book cop who has to transport Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara) across Texas.

Riva, the widow of a gangster murdered before he could testify against a drug kingpin, is wanted dead by rival gangsters and crooked cops alike.

With Cooper to protect her, she might be better off on her own.

We say, “A lot of people hate Hot Pursuit, some people think it’s OK.”

HOWE: It’s Terrible, with a capital T. This has made my top two worst movies of all time; the other being 1988’s Hairspray, starring Divine. I cringed more than I smiled. I didn’t laugh once and I should have left after the first 10 minutes. For Witherspoon, whose last performance in Wild was Oscar worthy, going to this piece of tripe is like watching two different class of actors. I could understand if this was one of her first roles but she has been doing this long enough to know better.

TAYLOR: I liked it and I think you didn’t like it because you didn’t like the characters, not because it’s a bad movie, or even that there were bad performances. It’s just another odd couple buddy movie, only this time, (again) with women.

Hot Pursuit is silly, yes, but not stupid. It is, however, more for women than men. The story, characters and situation are geared to be appealing to women. Still, I nearly laughed out loud a couple times, (which is a lot for me) and I enjoyed the film.

Cooper and Riva are at opposite ends of a spectrum perfect for squeezing a great deal of humour out of 90 minutes. I thought it was more entertaining and less disappointing than The Heat.

HOWE: It is stupid. Whoever at the movie studio thought this film was a good idea should be held accountable for how much money their company is going to lose, because it’s going to bomb. Vergara is good on TV’s Modern Family, but on the big screen her whining starts to grate on you. That’s it! I’m not going to write anymore, I’ve already wasted a couple of hours of my life on this piece of poo. Save your money and don’t bother going to see it. Don’t even bother with it when it becomes available for a loonie at the local grocery.

TAYLOR: Yeesh, it’s not that bad. Yes, Vergara is a bit loud and annoying, but I didn’t mind. Interestingly, my wife Dawn pointed out that there’s no real B-story in this film. Usually a character, in conjunction with her wacky adventure, also has to, for instance, fall in love. Absolutely no time is wasted on such concerns in Hot Pursuit, which is beneficial, “just the jokes, ma’am.” We both enjoyed the comedy for what it is, a fun little road trip with a few giggles along the way. The women in attendance laughed a lot.

– Howe gives Hot Pursuit 0 (multiplied by a billion) out of 5 .

– Taylor gives it 3 estrogen tablets out of 5.

– Peter Howe and Brian Taylor are film reviewers based in Vernon, B.C.