Twenty-seven years after the original film by the same name, the action comedy Hot Pursuit is completely different. Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is a by-the-book Texas cop who doesn’t have much experience in the field, but is given an assignment that involves picking up drug informant Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara) to transport to Dallas. Just as Cooper is about to leave with Riva in protective custody, the house is attacked by 2 masked gunman and two rival gang members. Cooper tries to call for backup but notices that she is being chased by crooked cops as well as the assassins. (I think I’ve seen - or should I say heard - hundreds of movie scenarios like this one.) Of course, Cooper and Daniella initially don’t get along but soon they realize that they need to work together to survive. (Same cop scenario - different movie.) The two eventually take matters into their own hands when they sneak into the drug cartel leader’s birthday party for his daughter to kill him. The original film from 1987 starred John Cusack and besides the lead character being chased by bad cops and drug smugglers, they have very little in common except the name. This is supposed to be an action comedy and yes, it has plenty of action and the jokes are a little humorous but not really funny. Reese Witherspoon is cute as a naive cop and the whole movie was entertaining in a silly way. (My wife liked it so I can’t slam it too much or she will hide my coffee cup along with other personal items tomorrow morning.) This is one of those films I will probably forget about in a month. Of course, that isn’t saying much so I’m giving it a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
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