Hot Pursuit: Movie Review

We wanted to like "Hot Pursuit" - no, we really did. We had no expectations whatsoever coming into the film and yet we were left still massively disappointed. Unfortunately, nothing really gets going for the film. The story was abysmal, the comedy was almost non-existent and worse, it feels such a huge waste of talent knowing how good its two leads could have been.

Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is both honored and thrilled to be assigned the seemingly simple task of escorting mob wife Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara) across Texas, where she and her husband will testify against a major drug lord. It’s a rare day out of the property room and the intensely enthusiastic petite policewoman vows not to let her captain down. Having already earned the unfortunate distinction of prompting her own verb within the precinct, she is determined not to “Cooper it” this time. However, upon meeting Mrs. Riva, it’s clear this will be no walk in the park. And before they can even agree on what Daniella can pack, the cops and Mr. Riva are ambushed, making his wife a widow and turning their anticipated easy drive from San Antonio to Dallas into a run-for-your-life race against time and a lot of flying bullets.

Let's get straight to the point - "Hot Pursuit" is a bad film. The really criminal thing is "Hot Pursuit" getting the green light from the get-go and there's no reason at all why you should watch it. First, as expected, the film's story was extremely by-the-books and downright lazy. There's nothing new to learn in this buddy cop film and you could see what's going to happen from miles ahead. Second, the comedy was just nowhere to be found. We really wanted to laugh but we just found the experience tiring. Punchlines failed more than they worked and the good ones are slim pickings. As for the leads, there's some chemistry between Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon but the material they had to work with was just too much even for their talents to turnaround. Is "Hot Pursuit" the worst comedy film this year? We are barely through the year but we can easily count it in.

Rating: 1 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- there's nothing going for this film except for the slight chemistry between the leads

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story was just abysmal
- the comedy was almost non-existent

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