Women, Now at a Theater Near You

Are The Heat's heroines our last, best hope?

Gemma La Mana / 20th Century Fox

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (L) and Oscar winner Sandra Bullock together in The Heat.

As a critic I am supposed to be detached, but director Paul Feig is scared for his new movie, and honestly, I am too. Like Feig's Bridesmaids, which earned an impressive $288 million in theaters (and $90 million more on DVD and Blu-ray), his newest movie, The Heat, is a comedy built around strong, smart heroines. Feig has confidence in the quality of his product, but he's worried about potential buyers. "I am very nervous about this movie," he tells me.

I understand Feig's anxiety. To emerge as a hit, the comedy must overcome the macho big-screen gauntlet of White House...

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