Swapping gender roles shouldn’t make a tired genre any less tired, yet Paul Feig’s lady-led buddy cop comedy feels like a breath of fresh air despite its adherence to every cliché.
Mismatched personalities? Check: Sandra Bullock’s killjoy detective butts heads with Melissa McCarthy’s loose cannon beat cop in precisely the ways you expect.
Drunken bonding moment? Check. Third-act action blowout? Check.
But Bullock and McCarthy’s edgy chemistry and loose, naturalistic delivery works wonders, while Parks & Recreation vet Kate Dippold’s script is laced with sharp character beats and devoid of obligatory romance.
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