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Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara aim to strike Midnight Run-style sparks as a mismatched duo on the run from ruthless criminals and crooked cops in buddy comedy thriller Hot Pursuit, but this misfiring movie fails to ignite.

The pair’s contrasting physical attributes and personalities does actually have comic potential. Witherspoon is short and strait-laced as the rookie police officer who does everything by the book, and Vergara is voluptuous and fiery as a crook’s pampered trophy wife. But after Witherspoon’s routine job of escorting Vergara to court goes violently awry, the screenplay fails to make the most of their bickering rapport.

It’s a great shame, as Witherspoon and Vergara do have chemistry together, but a lack of decent gags means this vehicle never gets going.

Certificate 12. Runtime 87 mins. Director Anne Fletcher

Hot Pursuit is available from 20 November on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.