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Witherspoon/Vergara Unlikely-Buddies Comedy Arrives on DVD

Hot Pursuit

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Witherspoon/Vergara Unlikely-Buddies Comedy Arrives on DVD

Vincente Cortez (Joaquin Cosio) has orchestrated over a hundred hits as the notorious kingpin of a drug cartel terrorizing Texas. However, he’s always beaten the rap, because the prime witnesses invariably disappear mysteriously before they have a chance to testify.Hot Pursuit,  DVD Review by Kam Williams, Joaquin Cosio, Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara

Therefore, the authorities decide to take special precautions with the Rivas, the Cortez confederates set to turn state’s evidence in the
latest case against him. But then, when the police escort arrives to place them in the Witness Protection Program, the husband perishes in an ambush, while his widow Daniella (Sofia Vergara) and a policewoman (Reese Witherspoon) barely escape with their lives in a hail of bullets.

As the two drive away in the Rivas’ classic Cadillac convertible, they figure out that they’ve been targeted not only by vicious mobsters but by crooked cops to boot. So, with no one but each other to lean on, the officer and outlaw grudgingly join forces to survive the drive to a safe sanctuary in Dallas.

Of course, sharing space proves easier said than done, given how they’re polar opposites in almost every way. Daniella is a striking, statuesque chatterbox as compared to Cooper’s relatively plain, diminutive and straitlaced presence. Nevertheless, the pair gradually bond over the course of a rollicking road trip where they have a close brush with death every five miles or so.

Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), Hot Pursuit is a mindless diversion chock-full of the staples of the unlikely-buddies genre, like car chases, and accidental drug use. Though the action romp fails to break cinematic ground, it certainly provides enough laughs to recommend, most coming courtesy of the over-enunciating, larger-than-life Vergara at the expense of co-star Witherspoon in her capacity as a straight man.

Sofia successfully stakes her claim as the heir apparent of Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda. All she needs now is a fruit-filled sombrero.

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, violence and drug use

In English and Spanish with subtitles

Running time: 87 minutes

Distributor: Warner Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: the Womance; Say What; Action like a Lady: Gag Reel; and an alternate ending.

To order the Hot Pursuit Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YZ3N0MS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News Wire

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