Hot Pursuit


Be ready to laugh out loud at this goofy, simple comedy starring Academy Award Winner, Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara star of the television show “Modern Family.” It is a female road trip movie that will keep you chuckling throughout the very short film.

Witherspoon plays Cooper an inept, uptight, by-the-book cop who tries to protect Vergara’s character, Riva, the widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

“Hot Pursuit” is the first movie by television writers, David Feeney and John Quaintance. The story is predictable; there are no surprises, but I was very surprised when the film ended abruptly after only 88 minutes. Most movies are at least 2 hours long. Usually studios require that screenwriter’s scripts be 90 to 120 pages long. A page of script translates to a minute on the screen then the Director will add action scenes to extend the film to two or more hours.

Many of the jokes were used repetitiously the way they do on sitcoms to make a point but they were still fun. Again, the writers usually write television sitcoms instead of feature films.

“Hot Pursuit” was directed by Anne Fletcher who also directed “The Proposal” and “27 dresses.”

Don’t jump out of your seats when they begin to run the credits or you will miss the hilarious outtakes from the film. It is obvious that Witherspoon and Vergara had a great time making this film. It is a no-brainer and isn’t meant to be. The characters have no depth but they weren’t supposed to have depth. This is a buddy movie.

As usual, I asked people who attended the premier of “Hot Pursuit” at Ronnie’s 20 Movie Cine in South St. Louis what they thought of the film, and everyone loved the movie. They thought it was a fun light-hearted film. One man told me, “It was dumb but fun.”

I questioned people of all ages, races and sexes and to a person they liked the film, so if you need a chuckle and want to spend 88 minutes laughing out loud, go see “Hot Pursuit.”

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at