Living in the moment!
From the studio that brought you "Training Day", "The Departed" and "Dirty Harry", comes a film that holds up to the standard of those other cop movies. However, unlike those other films, "Cop Out" has something those other movies failed to generate........comedy! Indeed, "Cop Out" isn't your typical cop movie with heavy emphasis on crime and drama, but it's more of a comedic buddy movie that just happens to take place in a cop film surroundings.
Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis) and Paul Hodges (Tracy Morgan) happen to be two cops, who have been partners on the force for nine years. Although Paul tends to get on Jimmy's nerves quite a bit with his unconventional style of police work, but they share a common love/hate relationship reminiscent of most cop movies like the "Lethal Weapon" series. Plus, it seems like Jimmy can hardly get a break in life, as his partner and him get suspended without pay for a month, when they botch up a drug dealing investigation. Which puts Jimmy in a rough position, as he's having to struggle to come up with over fifty grand to help pay for his daughter's wedding. To make matters even worse, Jimmy has contend with his daughter's step father, Roy (Jason Lee), who loves to out stage him every chance he gets. Needless to say, this causes Jimmy to feel guilty as he knows that if he can't pay for the wedding, this will only give Roy more leverage to make him look bad in front of his daughter.
Thus, Jimmy tries to sell his highly valuable baseball card to get the money. Unfortunately due to a series of events, Jimmy finds his baseball card not only stolen from him, but they become knee deep into an investigation that could potentially take them on the ride of their life.
Normally, I don't watch most comedy cop movies like this, as most of them tend to be too overly predictable and cliched. You have two partners who are the complete opposite of each other with one being the "hard-nosed-serious" type. Where as the other is more of the goofy/insane break out character, which sets up many comedic moments throughout the film. Needless to say, "Cop Out" isn't that much different. Which is a bit sad, as I normally expect more originality from Kevin Smith movies.
However, I will admit that Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan make one helluva a team, as the chemistry and comedy between them make up for most of the film's short comings. In fact, if it wasn't for their chemistry together, I never would've like this film. Plus, I thought Sean William Scott was hilarious in his role as the thief, who steals Jimmy's card.
"Cop Out" may not be one of the most original movies out there nor is it that much different than any other cop buddy movie you may have seen. However, it is pretty funny and will give you a few good laughs on any movie night.
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