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If you’re going to make a dopey, foul-mouthed, predictable lady-buddy-cop movie, you might as well make it funny. And until it overstays its welcome in the final half hour, “The Heat” is shamefully funny.
Also: If you’re inclined to consider any movie that stars both Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy — you already know where you stand — you should see this in a theater, surrounded by a game and tickled crowd. The two stars do their things (prissy klutz and splattery slob. respectively), but they have real chemistry and enjoy each other’s company immensely. If the movie’s a retread, at least “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig has gone to the trouble of filling it with fresh dirty air. Some nice Boston locations, too, to offset the Bahstan clichés.