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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.