AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 4-10: HOT PURSUIT

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Opening May 8, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Hot Pursuit, which teams Reese Witherspoon (Wild, InherentVice) and Sofia Vergara (TV’s Modern Family, Wild Card) as a by-the-book career cop and drug boss widow being pursued across Texas by a menagerie of crooked cops and gun wielding criminals, all out to get their hands on some cash. Read on…

Written by prolific TV scribes David Feeney (2 Broke Girls and NewGirl) and John Quaintance (Ben and Kate, Undateable), the film is helmed by dancer-turned-choreographer-turned director Anne Fletcher, who has previously brought us comedies Step Up, 27 Dresses and The Proposal, and is soon to take the big-budget reigns of Enchanted 2. She’s well placed to make the most of the considerable talents of her two leading ladies, both of whom have previously proved their knack for comedy. The promise of some belly laughs aside, and ignoring the painfully reductive pun of its title, it’s refreshing to see such a road movie being fronted by two female protagonists, particularly when they are played by two such watchable actresses as these.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Anne Brodie: Call me crazy but its time for some laughs! I am excited to see Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon in Hot Pursuit. Two terrific comic actors, together and living large.

Nell Minow: Hot Pursuit. It’s great to see a road movie starring two brilliantly talented actresses.

Film Details:

Title: Hot Pursuit
Director: Anne Fletcher
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Running Time: 87 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s): New Orleans
Principal Cast: John Carroll Lynch, Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Richard T. Jones, Rob Kazinsky
Screenwriter(s): John Quaintance, David Feeney
Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), New Line Cinema, Pacific Standard, Warner Bros.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Official Website
Trailer

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of May 4-8, 2015:

May 6

I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

May 8

Maggie

Playing it Cool

5 Flights Up

Hot Pursuit

Hunting Elephants

The D Train

Bravetown

Saint Laurent

Noble

Skin Trade

The Seven Five

1001 Grams

Preggoland

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.