Movie Review: Hot Pursuit (2015)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2015 comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara.

Synopsis: An up-tight disgraced police officer is given an opportunity to redeem herself by helping an FBI agent transport a high level drug informant and his wife to court. Things go horribly wrong, however, when the informant and FBI agent are killed and the police officer, attempting to protect the informant's wife, becomes a suspect and wanted fugitive.


My wife saw a preview for this movie a couple weeks ago and, thinking it looked funny, asked me to add it to the top of our Netflix list. I did just that and we finally had an opportunity to watch it last night. And, while I did initially have some doubts about it (as I usually do with comedy movies), this did prove to be much more entertaining than I was expecting.

Witherspoon and Vergara make an excellent team and do a great job playing off of each other. Witherspoon's Cooper was pleasantly entertaining and a bit different than some of the more glamorous comedy characters I'm used to seeing her play while Vergara's Daniella played her opposite perfectly.

I especially liked how the writers made sure to hold back on some details about Daniella's personality and intentions, something that gave her character much more depth than I originally was expecting. There were a few little surprises that came up as a result of that.

As is usually the case with comedies like this, there were some things about the movie that were a little predictable. This included the revelations about who the bad guys were (including the one secret bad guy that really wasn't as secret as I think the writers hoped). However, the jokes did seem to be somewhat fresh and the budding friendship/ongoing rivalry between Cooper and Daniella managed to keep things entertaining. Even when a scene was predictable, some of the things they did together kept it watchable.

My only real complaint about this movie is I wish we would have gotten to know the FBI agent (Richard T. Jones) a little better. He just seemed like such an interesting character and it would have been nice to see him have a much larger role, even if it was just having him give chase once Cooper flees with Daniella. 

Final Opinion

As I said, I had some doubts. But, this was a cute, funny film that I did enjoy watching. If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth taking the time to see it.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 01/19/2016, StevenHelmer
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judy on 01/21/2016

We also saw this movie & loved it....

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