Crime, laughs fall short

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By: Ryan Permison, Staff Writer

Buddy comedies are hard to come by these days. Only a handful of these movies have worked in recent years, and “Hot Pursuit” would fall somewhere in the middle.

The head of a drug cartel is about to go on trial and one witness can put him away for life. For safety’s sake, the police recruit Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is ordered to escort Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara) to the courthouse.

Before Cooper gets there, the two are hunted down by other criminals and dirty cops. There are obstacles at every turn with plenty of attempts at comedy between this team, but not all of them work.

It may not be one of the best comedies, but it certainly has a few good laughs even if the jokes have been overused in other films. Plus, Witherspoon’s attempt at a southern accent is not very good, and can be annoying towards the end of the movie.

If you’re looking for a good laugh outside of the big summer blockbusters, there could be worse choices. It’s good to see the comedic side of Witherspoon again after all these years. I give “Hot Pursuit” a four out of ten.

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