In “Hot Pursuit” of My Money Back

Vergara and Witherspoon's new comedy is a joke with no punchline
Gabi Dykema

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Despite an all-star cast, with female duo Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon, and a plot with potential, this movie’s brief 87-minute run time even seems to drag on as the movie progresses. Surprisingly enough, this comedy doesn’t seem to be able to muster up more than a few laughs, and ones only given out of embarrassment for the hot mess that these actresses have gotten themselves into by playing these two roles completely out of both their typical domains. Reese Witherspoon’s success in Wild left me with high hopes for her career as an actress, but sadly, she attempts to squeeze herself into a role that she was just not cut out for. Witherspoon plays a five-foot female officer that hardens herself in order to redeem herself after an embarrassing incident in which she accidentally tasers a teenager for shouting “shotgun”.

For viewers with less patience, the start of the movie may even be enough to send some towards the nearest theatre exit sign. Attempting to play off of her “hardened cop” personality, the movie opens with her date running away from her after he deems her “too intense” for him after she pulls a gun, the first instance of jokes that should be funny, but end up as saddeningly pathetic to watch. In hopes that Vergara may be able to defibrillate this already pronounced dead flick wavering from a comedy to a darkened drug movie, we’re sadly disappointed when there is no saving this film with the duo.

Vergara seems to only excel in one type of role, and her unflexible dynamic is just one of the many reasons why this movie seemed to crash and burn. It seems like Vergara may just land herself back into the television realm, where the fates seem to want her instead. Although after Hot Pursuit, the verdict is still out on whether “Modern Family” will even want the failed actress back.

Witherspoon and Vergara should have been able to play off each other’s contrasting personalities, with Witherspoon’s country drawl and Vergara’s trademark Hispanic accent and feisty attitude. But the odd-couple and their illogical predicaments have a clumsy, amatuer feel to them that lacks any grace whatsoever. Rather than their back-and-forth silly arguments being humorous, they came off as annoying to both the characters and the audience. The only joke in this movie is the movie itself, making Hot Pursuit a neverending joke with no punchline.

The movie ends with more questions being asked than answered, and too many loose ends that hadn’t been tied up, we wonder if they just gave up at the 87 minute marker. However, we’re left thanking the producers for taking pity on us and shortening the movie earlier, as this inevitable train crash finally ends. Although the acting may have been poor, an unsure director unable to figure out where exactly she wanted to take the movie, causing a rollercoaster of emotions we just can’t seem to figure out what we should be feeling, and when.

Someone should hold a funeral for this poor excuse of a comedy before people who hadn’t checked Rotten Tomatoes and seen it had received a measly 6% on the tomatometer could steer clear of wasting both time and money on the a definite low in both actresses careers.