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If you can't stand the Heat, stay out of the Kitchen (because that's where Mullins keeps her weapons)

The Heat is a 2013 action-comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It is directed by Paul Feig.

Sarah Ashburn (Bullock), is an uptight, by-the-books FBI special agent. She is forced to team up with Shannon Mullins, a foul-mouthed and abrasive detective (McCarthy) in order to take down a drug lord.

Not to be confused with Heat.

This film contains examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Craig was a misogynistic asshole, which is basically the reason Larkin kills him.
  • Bloody Hilarious:
    • The incident with the choking man at Denny's.
    • Also when Mullins and Ashburn get taken hostage. Mullins pulls a knife out of Ashburn's leg, only to have to put it back in before the captor comes back.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Ashburn taking her neighbor's cat, to the point where she fools Mullins into thinking that is really her cat. During The Stinger, Mullins kidnaps the cat for Ashburn, only to realize that Ashburn was lying.
  • Ashburn mistaking a large, bearded, long-haired man for Mullins when she first goes to the bar for her keys. Later, after the Binge Montage, she wakes up next to him on the table, thinking he's Mullins.
  • At the beginning of the movie Ashburn is channel surfing and watches a few seconds of a program demonstrating how a tracheotomy is performed before walking away from the television. Later on, Ashburn sees a man choking in a diner and takes control of the situation by calmly performing the procedure ... unsuccessfully. She panics when she puts a straw in the man's neck and blood comes out, admitting to Mullins that she doesn't really know what she's doing. At this point Mullins pounds on the man's chest, causing the obstruction to come flying out. An emergency tracheotomy is a dangerous procedure that should only be attempted after all other steps have been taken to determine if it really is necessary. Ashburn took none of these steps, as one of the paramedics implies a few minutes later while criticizing her for being so reckless.
  • Butt-Monkey: Rojas the drug dealer. He gets chased, knocked down, terrified, dangled off a building and (accidentally) dropped onto his car while being questioned.
  • Car Cushion: Rojas lands on the front hood of his car after Ashburn and Mullins accidentally drop him from the fire escape. Rojas survives, the car doesn't.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
  • Subverted with the RPG, which gets a whole conversation about where it came from and how ridiculous a thing it is to keep in a fridge, and even makes it onto the film's poster, but never gets used once.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Mullins' groin Russian Roulette on a perp ends up being a subversion: she never had bullets in the gun...which Ashburn only learns after actually shooting a guy in the crotch.
    • Subverted also by the emergency tracheotomy, which ends up doing more harm than good.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • Courtesy of Mullins whenever she’s angrily ranting.
    • Ashburn lets one rip when she finally gets a hang on cursing. Though like most of what she does, it's very awkward.
  • Creator Cameo: Director Paul Feig appears as a doctor, and writer Katie Dippold is a nurse in the ER.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Mullins and Ashburn but Mullins is this especially, as most of what she says is a jab towards someone or something.
    • Also Tatiana and most of the drug traffickers.
    • And the albino guy, but with more snark and less deadpan.
  • Determinator: Both Ashburn and Mullins go far, even past physical pain, to catch their perps.
  • Dirty Harriet: A version. Mullins rips up Ashburn's suit into a more revealing outfit in a club to get her close to a dealer.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: One of the things that annoys Ashburn's coworkers is her "showboating". The first sign that she's a Fish out of Water in Boston is when she tries to drive off while talking to another agent, and nearly collides with a traffic jam.
    Levy: [to himself] That was so close to being cool. So close.
  • Freudian Excuse: When we meet Mullins' family, we see, to a degree, why she is what she is, as her family (other than her dad and Jason), besides being a bunch of assholes, have made her the unperson because she arrested her brother. From what can be guessed they might be the reason as to why Jason's a criminal in the first place.
  • Friendless Background: Ashburn, ever since growing up in foster homes.
  • Gag Boobs: Subverted with Tatiana. While the dealer who led them to her described her boobs as being huge enough for the audience to expect the trope, they look fairly normal sized when she shows up, if accentuated by a low top.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: How Ashburn swears until her Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Mullins threatens Julian with shooting his groin via Russian Roulette until he talks.
    • Later, Ashburn shoots Larkin twice in the dick. Mullins is horrified — she'd never done it with an actually loaded gun.
  • Hahvahd Yahd In My Cah: The extremely thick Boston accents possessed by Mullins' family results in a humorous scene where one of her brothers asks Ashburn if she's a Narcnote  — pronounced more-or-less like "knock" — and she has no idea what he's saying. It's enforced with subtitles, where it says they are saying "knock."
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Mullins and that goes without saying, given that, to any perp, she's The Dreaded, has stockpile of weapons in her apartment, and is pretty nasty..
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Invoked when Mullins tells Ashburn to "use your boobs!" when trying to seduce a mobster. Ashburn shoves the man's face into her cleavage. It works!
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Subverted. Ashburn watches a video early in the movie describing how to perform an emergency tracheotomy. When a guy at a local Denny's starts choking, she tries to apply what she's learned and nearly kills the guy. Turns out all he needed was a good hard whack to get the piece of pancake out. The EMT that takes the guy to the hospital chews her out for this.
  • I Lied: After Ashburn takes one out of Mullins' book and shoots a drug lord in the crotch, Mullins reveals that she never had any bullets in the gun during her groin Russian Roulette on a perp earlier.
  • Insufferable Genius: Ashburn acts like this and tends to showboat.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • Mullins makes good on her plan to throw a phone book in Julian's face during interrogation.
    • Mullins using a watermelon to subdue Rojas. He considers this a hate crime.
    Rojas: Oh, hell no! I told you about that racist shit!
    Mullins: I tried to hit you with my car. What does that make me?
  • Irony: Mullins' family ostracizes her because she arrested her brother Jason. The only one not upset with her is Jason himself, who, if anything, seems grateful.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mullins is, for lack of a better term, a psychotic bitch, but she genuinely cares about the people in her city, her family, and Ashburn.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Mullins is fond of waving her revolver in people's faces for the slightest annoyance, like telling her not to use her phone in a hospital.
  • Kavorka Man: Gender-flipped. Mullins may not be conventionally attractive, but she certainly has her fair share of unshakeable admirers.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Ashburn's "tongue in cheek" quip when talking about a corpse who had his tongue cut out and shoved in his ass. Mullins and the coroner react with an incredibly awkward silence.
  • Made of Iron: Rojas somehow survives a three story drop onto the hood of his car with no injuries whatsoever. The car was less lucky.
  • Married to the Job: Ashburn. She confides that it cost her her actual marriage prior to the film's events.
  • The Mole: Adam, the DEA agent, was Larkin all along.
  • No Social Skills: Ashburn, however, this in part due to being raised in foster homes and not having any friends as a kid.
  • Not So Different: Mullins and Ashburn are both law enforcement officers that are extremely good at their jobs, but are despised by their peers due to their grating personalities. They also both have family issues.
  • Not So Stoic: Julian faces Ashburn in the interrogation room without breaking a sweat. Then Mullins plays Russian Roulette with his balls, and he cracks by the second blank shot.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: One is seen on a corpse and later the albino guy is killed with one.
  • Rabid Cop: Mullins, to comical degrees. She threatens deadly force with abandon, breaks a suspect's hand, and threatens to shoot a prisoner's dick off, to name a few.
  • Reality Ensues: Trying to perform a tracheotomy and not knowing how will get you chewed out, as Ashburn finds out.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Despite her extensive arsenal, Mullins seems awfully fond of her Smith & Wesson .38 Special.
  • Running Gag: Several.
    • The Jesus-themed Boston sports teams paintings that Mullins' family has.
    • The leftover sandwich Mullins has in her fridge.
  • Shout-Out:
    Oh no, Scoob, Velma and Daphne got captured!
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Mullins curses in almost every sentence she speaks.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Both Mullins and Ashburn end up on the end of some spectacular slapstick, as does any perp Mullins ends up facing, especially Rojas and Julian. And that poor guy at the Denny's...
  • Southies: Mullins' family.
  • Standard Cop Backstory: Mullins is looking out for her criminal brother, Ashburn is a foster child.
  • Super OCD: Ashburn, to a degree. She uses it well to aid her in finding hidden drugs/guns, but it makes her rather annoying to others.
  • Throw the Book at Them: Mullins hauls a telephone book at Julian in the interrogation room.
  • Title Drop: Mullins says she and Ashburn are "the heat". It's a sign of Ashburn's development when she later echoes it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ashburn, though she was pretty damn good already in regards to finding drugs, etc., so it's a case of her stepping up her game.
  • Ultimate Job Security: No one, including the captain, particularly cares for Mullins, but they're all so afraid of her that they just let her demean and talk to everyone however she pleases without any repercussions. As noted by Ashburn later, she's probably one of the most dedicated cops in existence.
  • Unperson: Mullins' family pretends she doesn't exist after she arrested her brother Jason, to the point that the family photo in their house is folded down to obscure her face. The only ones who don't seem to feel like this is her dad and said brother, though she and the rest of the family reconcile at the end of the movie.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Ashburn's car explodes when the old man from the bar tries to get into it.

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