You’re back from The Heat, and you’re wondering why Hollywood doesn’t make more female-driven buddy action comedies.
I feel your pain. Most entries in the classic buddy-cop formula are staffed by dudes: Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, or Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone.
Why can’t more ladies get in on the action?
Chemistry is the key, and Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy appear to have it in spades. The Heat reminds us of Charlie’s Angels, if only in the way that Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu played off each other with giddy excitement. But if you REALLY want to dig deep into the archives, we have an offbeat suggestion to keep your Heat buzz simmering.
In 1988, Rebecca De Mornay and Mary Gross teamed up for Feds, a straight-laced cop comedy directed by Dan Goldberg that played off the fact that girls were able to carry guns. That was the extent of the joke, but if you rent Feds and check it out over the weekend, I think you’ll see the foundation The Heat director Paul Feig dug through in order to find his comedy.
Obviously, there are a ton of movies that you can rent if you want to see more buddy-cop thrillers. Offbeat ones like Running Scared or The Last Boy Scout can keep you entertained. But if you really want to think outside the box – and support a female-driven action comedy that paved the way for The Heat – give Feds a look.