Possible spoilers ahead!
This is one of those situations where the wifey got to choose the movie we saw. Her choices came down to “Hot Pursuit” and “The Age of Adaline,” and she ended up going with “Hot Pursuit.” I looked at it as the lesser of two evils, but if nothing else, I could at least ogle Sofia Vergara for a couple of hours.
Anyways, “Hot Pursuit” pairs an OCD cop known only as Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) with a pneumatic, materialistic gangster’s trophy wife named Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara), whom must safely escorted to Dallas so she can testify against a drug lord (Joaquin Cosio).
But as soon as Reese Withersppon arrives at the Rivas’ sprawling mansion, two gangs of gunmen show up and take out her partner and Daniella’s spouse. Both ladies manage to escape with in a nearby car. What follows is one of the most predictable movies you’re likely to see this year.
All the somewhat funny bits, are in the trailers. What’s worse, is that throughout the film’s 87-minute runtime, director Anne Fletcher returns again and again to two gags about Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.
In one, Sofia Vergara endures cracks about her age, which one news report estimates as 50; Forget the fact Vergara looks years younger than she is. in another joke, Reese Witherspoon is needled about having a mustache, and in another about being under five feet tall.
It’s a shame, because both stars have a ton of talent all of which goes wasted in “Hot Pursuit.” The script feels like high school level humor, and most of the gags fall flat. Like the one where the ladies dress up like a deer.
The fact is this is not Reese Witherspoon’s finest work, and Sofia Vergara is simply playing a louder version of her “Modern Family” character.
“Hot Pursuit” final score: 4