An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.
Reese Witherspoon gives it her all, throwing herself as unabashedly headlong into role as her character does her assignments, thus imbuing the technically intelligent but frustratingly inept officer with not only a pitch perfect accent but a degree of quirky, endearingly oblivious charm. However, even her considerable abilities are not enough to carry the weight of the writing she has been burdened with. A fact that is exponentially more evident in the scenes she shares with Sofia Vergara, who, is lumbered with a character so stereotypical and over-the-top, there is no room for her to do anything but play broadly into it. She also is extremely game, but the lack of subtlety serves mostly to grate rather than amuse.
The mismatched pairing of opposites is nothing new to the world of cinema, and this has nothing new to offer, borrowing unashamedly from the likes of 'Speed' right through to Adam Sandler’s 'Bulletproof'. Director Anne Fletcher sets things in motion early and maintains a consistently rapid pace, navigating some impressive action sequences along the way, but following in the wake of such films as 'Spy', 'Hot Pursuit' not only fails to emulate but actually feels like more than a few step in the opposite direction.
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