Hot Pursuit is a comedy movie with two ladies, Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon, who are diametrically opposed to each other in matters of character and temperament. They revive the age old metaphor of the strange duo.
The chicks are in it together for better or for worse. Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon play the twin characters who are miles apart from each other personality-wise and in their personal habits. Like Laurel and Hardy or Tom and Jerry, these two were made to stick together till the end despite the odds against them.
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The film Hot Pursuit shows Sofia Vergara as the sensual and seductive widow of a ganglord and mobster, who is being pursued by the Mafia hitmen who want revenge at all costs. Reese Witherspoon is the serious, studious female cop who is by her side 24/7 to protect her from these nefarious elements of society.
Yet the portrayal of all this is tongue-in-cheek and comes out in the end as rather lame humor that fails to satisfy. Sofia plays Riva and Reese plays Rose and they have nothing in common except certain obligations. The mission impossible of both Riva and Rose causes them to be extra-vigilant in case of each other. Riva has to testify in court regarding the bad guys.
A bunch of police officers who are on the wrong side of the fence get in their way. And then it is a battle for survival for both ladies. Reese’s role as the mentally (and verbally) constipated cop is something which is not very palatable. Yet she is funny in a strange way.
However, the problem with the film is that it does not make its audience think in a constructive manner. It is all foam and fluff. The lowest common denominator is taken and a movie has been made out of it. You could be a zombie that sits through the movie and you will have extracted the same lessons from the brainless stuff as a highly intelligent member of MENSA.
The challenges faced by the two females are very real though and show that the fair sex is not spared any of the rough jolts and sudden jerks in today’s postmodern world of feminism and familial breakdown. In a way it almost reminds you of Midnight Run without the sophistication and entertainment value that movie of the good old days depicted in its scenes.
The only comic relief is the “opposites attract” SNAFU that Riva and Rose find themselves in. They are welded together whether they like it or not and this provides much of the dramatic interplay of forces in the film. Watch it only if you are a film buff otherwise save your theater ticket money for better purposes like a cheeseburger with a side order of fries.
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Watch below Hot Pursuit's official trailer.