Hot Pursuit

Theatrical Release: May 8, 2015
Hot Pursuit


An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Dove Review

“Hot Pursuit” is one of those comedies that strikes the funny bone every once in a while, but also misses as much as it hits. For example, there is a scene in which Officer Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) and Daniella Riva (Sofía Vergara), the witness she is protecting, hide under a deer head/skin and walk near the edge of the woods to get away. It’s very funny. But when they are trying to escape from a bathroom window while the bad guys try to break in, that humor falls flat. In the category of gross humor, a man shoots his finger off and there is a question whether the dog ate it or not.

The plot has by-the-book Officer Cooper attempting to bring in Riva as a witness against drug warlord Vicente Cortez (Joaquín Cosio), who has killed Riva’s brother. The pair endure hot pursuit from those who don’t want Riva testifying, but there are a few plot and character surprises along the way.

The main character, Officer Cooper, is the daughter of a police officer killed in the line of duty. Her desire to make a difference is a nice theme in the film. Unfortunately for families, the movie contains a lot of language and some raunchy moments, in addition to sexual innuendos. We cannot award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Woman kisses another woman, pretending to be her lesbian lover; woman grabs another woman's rear; several sexual innuendos and some raunchy scenes; kissing between man and woman.
Language: So much language I lost count but it included GD, JC, OMG, the F bomb, and a lot of other language throughout.
Violence: Several shootings and a few people die; fights; car crashes; man shoots his finger off, played for laughs because of whether dog ate it or not; blood seen when man's finger shot off; couple of characters are tasered and then set on fire; some violence played for laughs such as a woman being hit in the head with a shoe; woman is punched.
Drugs: Man is a drug warlord and there is mention of drugs; vehicle crash lets loose cocaine so a few characters get very high and one acts silly and hops up and down in a store; drinking and a bar scene.
Nudity: Cleavage and in one scene woman shows heavy cleavage to distract man; woman seen in underwear; shirtless man; side shot of nude man but it is not graphic.
Other: Betrayal, tension and arguments between characters.


Company: Warner Brothers
Director: Anne Fletcher
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 87 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter