The Heat starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock is like Training Day meets The Other Guys meets Starsky and Hutch meets Paul Blart: Mall Cop meets Observe and Report. A movie this funny could have been directed by Judd Apatow, but it was actually Paul Feig. He’s the same guy that directed Bridesmaids and a host of television shows like Mad Men, The Office, 30 Rock, Weeds and Nurse Jackie, just to name a few.
Melissa McCarthy plays Detective Shannon Mullins and Sandra Bullock plays FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn. The unlikely duo teams up to take out a Boston drug king pin named Larkin. The chemistry between McCarthy and Bullock is delightful, in a Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson or Chris Farley, David Spade kind of way.
Despite being partners, the two constantly try to outsmart and one-up each which makes for a hilarious subplot. Plus, McCarthy’s expressive body language and outlandish stunts make her the closest match modern comedy has to a Chris Farley (sans drug addiction, of course, McCarthy is a mom).
Cars in The Heat might not be as thrilling as some of the other movies we’ve studied like these, but there are still gems. Then again, it all depends how you define “gem” and if a Rambler Classic or Plymouth Voyager fits that criteria.
Using a Mercedes Sprinter Van was probably the only real gaffe in the vehicle selection in The Heat. Considering this movie is shot in America, around the fight for justice in America, it seems unusual the FBI would be using Mercedes Sprinter Vans to conduct special missions. This isn’t Europe and this movie isn’t Taken.
The quintessential plumber and electrician van is also the quintessential stakeout van. A white and purple Ford E-Series make cameos in various police roles throughout the film. The Ford E-Series (previously known as the Econoline) is much more fitting for American police work than a Mercedes Sprinter Van.
AMC Rambler Classic
Likely from 1965 or 1966, the AMC Rambler Classic driven by Detective Shannon Mullins is a heaping mess. Thing is, the heaping mess works, just like Mullins’ unusual detective work. Fun fact time! Way back in the 1960′s when AMC was building the Rambler Classic, it was the third best selling American vehicle.
It’s been previously concluded that Detective Shannon Mullins police work is messy, so is her Rambler Classic and so is her family. Her mother drives a second generation Plymouth Voyager minivan that looks half as presentable as the Voyager above. As a side note, the first generation Voyager first made an appearance in Bridesmaids, albeit in the form of its twin, the Chrysler Town & Country. Here’s proof.
The Chevrolet Impala, Special Agent Sarah Ashburn’s government issued car, meets a fiery demise in The Heat at the hands of Larkin’s cronies. Luckily, Ashburn isn’t in the car, but Wade, her hook-up from the night before is. An explanation of why Wade is in the car seems necessary, but it would spoil one of the funniest scenes of the movie.
After Wade is killed in the Impala explosion, Special Agent Sarah Ashburn is given another innocuous General Motors product, the Chevrolet Malibu. This time, instead of a silver, the Chevy Ashburn drives is brown. This makes perfect sense because the color brown, either loved or hated, is the same way cohorts feel about Ashburn.
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Written by Max Katsarelas