HOT PURSUIT is a broad comedy about two women, a policewoman and a drug informant’s wife, who have to run from killers determined to stop the wife from testifying against the drug cartel leader in court. HOT PURSUIT has an overt Christian, moral worldview, along with some truly funny moments, but it’s marred by some off-color humor, lesbian jokes and foul language, plus too much predictability and comedy that doesn’t work as well.
The movie follows a policewoman named Rose Cooper (Reese Witherspoon), whose father was the best cop in San Antonio. She wants to carry on his legacy but is bumbling and gets no respect. She finally gets a chance at a big case when her chief assigns her to be the protector of Daniella Riva (Sofía Vergara), the wife of a drug informant whose husband is set to testify against the head of their cartel.
However, when Rose and the federal agent assigned to oversee her go to pick up Daniella and her husband, two teams of men enter and kill the husband and the federal agent. Thus, Rose and Daniella run in a desperate attempt to stay alive and make it to the testimony. Complicating matters is that two of the men who killed Daniella’s husband were crooked cops working for the cartel leader.
Numerous car chases, foot chases and other comic mayhem ensue, with the two women bonding along the way. The plot is clichéd in many places but has occasionally surprising twists that produce big laughs. Also, Director Anne Fletcher and her ace duo of leads, Witherspoon and Vergara, maintain a high energy that keeps HOT PURSUIT a fairly engaging romp.
Audiences will likely find HOT PURSUIT enjoyable enough, even though several scenes cross into stupidity and aren’t quite believable. There’s also a scene where lesbian kissing is shown in a comically positive light. HOT PURSUIT also has plenty of PG-13 foul language and some other off-color comedy. The strongest surprise from a Christian perspective is that Rose and Daniella are both shown as believers. They speak about prayer, God, and the angels in matter of fact, positive, natural ways, but within the movie’s broad comical context, of course.
Altogether, HOT PURSUIT isn’t high art, but it has enough basic, and sometimes positive, fun to provide an evening’s entertainment, but strong and extreme caution is advised.
(CC, BB, PP, PaPa, HoHo, LLL, S, N, A, DD, MM) Overt Christian, moral worldview with references to God, the Cross and prayer about good cops bringing justice to a murderous drug cartel leader and the bad cops in his employ, marred by immoral pagan jokes and foul language, plus some comical lesbian references; 22 obscenities (mostly light “h” and a** words), three GDs by villains, and 14 light profanities (two heard over end credits); light comic violence but nothing extremely bloody or gory includes shooting, people shot to death, man accidentally shoots off finger (but no disturbing close-ups), truck runs into car and three people are covered with some cocaine hidden in car, pratfalls, a couple people knocked out; no depicted sex but some light crude sexual references (including a couple male organ jokes) and unfamiliar slang terms used for comedy plus woman comically tries to convince a man that she and another woman are lesbian lovers, and she tries to kiss and hug other woman, who’s uncomfortable and tries to avoid the ruse; upper male nudity when woman accidentally sees man after he’s come out of a shower; alcohol use but mostly implied; no smoking but plot is about bringing down a drug cartel and in one scene a truck accidently hits car with cocaine powder hidden in it, and policewoman acts very manic when that powder spills on her as a result, so the scene may make cocaine use look like innocuous fun; and, police corruption, lying, people bend rules, and revenge subplot but revenge is rebuked in favor of justice.
HOT PURSUIT stars Reese Witherspoon as Officer Rose Cooper, a policewoman in San Antonio, Texas sidelined because she mistakenly tasered the mayor’s son. Her late father was a heroic officer, so her boss gives her another chance. She’s partnered with a federal agent to help take care of Daniella, the wife of a drug informant whose husband agreed to testify against their drug cartel leader. The attempt to take them to Dallas to testify is waylaid when four thugs kill the federal agent and the wife’s husband in a shootout. Two of the thugs were cops, so Rose and Daniella, played by Sofía Vergara, go on the lam to try to slip into Dallas for the trial.
HOT PURSUIT has its funny moments, but it’s slightly unbelievable and predictable at times. The comedy doesn’t always work. Also, the movie’s overt Christian, moral worldview is marred by some off-color jokes, lesbian jokes, a comical scene involving a lot of spilled cocaine, and plenty of foul language. Strong and extreme caution is advised for media-wise moviegoers who might be interested in seeing HOT PURSUIT.