Rose Cooper is a San Antonio Police Department officer whose work ethic has made her too intense in her personal life. While out on a date, she scares the guy away after she defensively pulls a gun on him. She chases him down just to give him back his wallet.
At the station, Cooper is brought in to meet Detective Jackson. Captain Emmett informs Cooper that she will escort Jackson to protect a cartel informant named Felipe Riva and his wife Daniella after Felipe decides to testify against notorious cartel leader Vincente Cortez. This is Cooper’s first job back in the field after her last incident where she saw the mayor’s son yell “Shotgun!” while out with his friends, leading Cooper to tase him in a spot where he spilled alcohol and causing him to catch fire. Cooper’s name has become a verb synonymous with screw-ups, and she’s found a chance to redeem herself.
Cooper and Jackson arrive at the Riva home, where Daniella is angry at her husband for making them targets. Cooper finds her packing a bunch of materials with her. Downstairs, gunshots start to ring out. Two masked men shoot at Jackson and Felipe. The two of them are shot and killed. Cooper runs to the garage to find Daniella hiding in the backseat of a car. Cooper turns the car on and drives away from the scene. She breaks the news of Felipe’s death to Daniella, making her wail hysterically.
She tries to call for help, but Cooper makes her drop the phone on the road. Cooper pulls the car over, and Daniella grabs her bag to walk away on her own. Cooper handcuffs herself to Daniella to make sure she’s close to her. Then a truck plows into the car, spraying a ton of hidden cocaine everywhere. Cooper gets jacked up on coke and gets the truck driver to drive them to a nearby store to get new clothes.
The ladies learn that Cooper is now considered a fugitive that has taken Daniella with her. Cooper phones someone at the station to identify the shooters. She notes that one had a longhorn tattoo. The ladies are found by Cooper’s fellow officers Dixon and Hauser. Unfortunately, they’re recognized as the shooters since Hauser has the longhorn tattoo. The ladies pretend that Daniella is having her period so they can go to the bathroom and make their escape.
They try to sneak out a window, but Dixon is standing watch. Cooper fires her gun to alert them, and giving them a chance to get away. They stow away in the back of a wagon hooked to a truck. There, Cooper inquires about what’s in Daniella’s luggage. It’s a bunch of pairs of shoes that have diamonds on them. Daniella claims they were given to her by her brother before his passing, and it’s the only thing she has to remember him by.
Cooper tries to get into the truck, until the owner, Red, comes out with a gun. Daniella tries to make her escape, but comes back for Cooper and defends her by pretending to be her lesbian lover. She starts to uncomfortably grope and make out with Cooper, briefly seducing Red until he accidentally shoots off his finger. Cooper and Daniella then grab another truck and drive away.
On the road, the ladies bond a little more, with Cooper admitting that her by-the-books nature has made it difficult for her to find a man. There already happens to be a man sleeping in the back of the truck. The ladies pull over again and find out that the man, Randy, is a felon with an ankle bracelet put on after he viciously assaulted his sisters’ abusive boyfriends. They reach an agreement for Randy to help the ladies if they take off the bracelet. Cooper gets it off, and Randy appears to flirt with her, to Daniella’s joy.
The three stop at a hotel room for the night. Cooper cuffs Daniella to the bedpost while she goes to Randy’s room to get food. She walks in on him naked and eventually succumbs to his charms and kisses him. He goes to get her some food. Cooper goes back to her room to find Daniella aiming Cooper’s gun at her. She found Cooper’s little notebook which suggests that Daniella wouldn’t be smart enough to properly testify. Cooper then learns that the shoes in Daniella’s luggage are worth $4 million and that this is how Felipe laundered money. Dixon and Hauser then show up at the door and try to shoot at the ladies as they make their escape. Randy finds Hauser pointing his gun at the ladies, and he starts beating the crap out of him, allowing them to run.
Hot Pursuit is an American comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher and written by David Feeney and John Quaintance. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara, the film was released on May 8, 2015, by Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley, Robert Kazinsky, Richard T. Jones
Screenplay by: David Feeney, John Quaintance
Production Design by: Nelson Coates
Cinematography by: Oliver Stapleton
Film Editing by: Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Costume Design by: Catherine Marie Thomas
Set Decoration by: Carla Curry
Art Direction by: Jaymes Hinkle
Music by: Christophe Beck
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, violence, language and some drug material.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: May 8, 2015