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Cop Out Movie Review

Updated on February 27, 2010


Warner Bros. Rated R

Directed By: Kevin Smith

Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scot and Kevin Pollak

Running Time: 107 min.

There is nothing worse than a movie full of clichés and predictability, unless that movie is made by an enormous movie fan paying homage (that word will mean a lot more once you see the film). Kevin Smith is such fan and I would wager that having the opportunity to emulate cop movies of the 80’s was a temptation impossible to resist. Cop Out is inundated with movie references throughout and even goes so far as to open with a five minute movie quote interrogation scene ranging from Scarface to Schindler’s List (yes, you read that correctly). I would suggest that if you fall into one of the following categories; Kevin Smith fan, general movie fan or formulaic buddy cop fan, than you may want to consider seeing Cop Out.

The quick rundown, without spoilers, goes as follows. Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis) and Paul Hodges (Tracy Morgan) are your typical buddy detectives. Jimmy is the smart tough guy and Paul is the comic relief. The two embark on a quest to retrieve Jimmy's stolen baseball card thus, incidentally, redeeming a blown case that had subsequently gotten them suspended.

The begining starts out with an interrogation leading to a blown stake out that leads to the chief of police, in every cop movie, ever, fashion, demanding their badges and guns to serve out a thirty day suspension. The loss of Jimmy’s immediate income is devastating because of a forty-eight thousand dollar upcoming wedding bill, courtesy of his daughter Ava (Michelle Trachtenberg). Insult to injury includes her stepfather, Roy (Jason Lee), who makes it clear that he can and will pay if Jimmy cannot. In the meanwhile Paul is constantly dealing with the possibility that his wife, Debbie (Rashida Jones), may be involved in an extramarital affair and the big bad drug dealer, Poh Boy (Guillermo Diaz), has his Mercedes stolen, which has valuable information in it, thus leading Poh Boy to kill a few people.

To uphold his duty as a father Jimmy sets out to sell a valuable baseball card to pay for the wedding when he’s robbed. This predictable theft leads them to the robber, Dave (Seann William Scot), which leads to Poh Boy. What follows is some shootouts, a car chase, a kidnapping and parkour all of which leads our protagonists towards an opportunity of reconciliation and justice.

Cop Out has everything you’ve seen before; a tough police chief, rival undermining detectives, a soundtrack that sounds as if it was transferred from Beverly Hills Cop or Miami Vice and a detective partnership that strongly resembles Riggs and Murtaugh. This is precisely the point, and, in any other hands, this movie would have been a groan but Smith knew how to tackle it with a wink and a nod. It’s also refreshing to see Kevin Smith work from someone else’s script and succeeding. While Cop Out isn’t the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, probably not the funniest of the year so far, if truth be told, it is a good time and worth a matinee screening.


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