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McCarthy, Bullock a perfect pairing of comical cops in 'The Heat'

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FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), right, teams up with bossy Boston Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) in "The Heat."

FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), right, teams up with bossy Boston Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) in "The Heat."

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Paul Feig's comedy "The Heat" begins with strained sight gags, cartoonishly overwritten dialogue and an eye-rolling overreliance on cop buddy comedy clichés. Yet, when Melissa McCarthy and her partner in crime-fighting, Sandra Bullock, find their comic groove, the hits begin to outnumber the misses and "The Heat" brings on some riotously funny moments and several surprises along the way.
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    • FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), right, teams up with bossy Boston Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) in “The Heat.”
    • FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), right, teams up with bossy Boston Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) in “The Heat.”
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