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Let's Be Cops
Let's Be Cops
Director: Luke Greenfield
Writers: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas
Cast: Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Garcia, Jonathan Lajoie, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero, Rebecca Koon, Joshua Ormond, L. Warren Young, Nelson Bonilla, Brian Oerly
Synopsis: Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use
5 / 10
- Some of the jokes were funny
- Acting was fairly decent.
- Pacing was good.
- Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson have some good chemistry together.
- Most of the jokes are "Hit or Miss", with a good majority of them missing.
- Characters are poorly developed.
- Weak script with various cliches and stereotypes
- Everyone in this movie is a moron
- Too many one dimensional characters
- Too many cliches
- Love story feels more like a contrived stereotype
Time to play cops and robbers...minus the robbers part....
If you thought "Blue Streak" had an absurd premise, then you ain't seen nothing yet. "Let's Be Cops" takes one of the most unrealistic and improbable scenarios in the freaking world, and it tries to make a comedy out of it. The end result is a bit of a mixed bag of comedy mixed with generic cliche mediocrity.
The film follows two guys attending their college reunion, but it's a masquerade theme party, so they decide to dress up as cops. Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) is an assistant game designer, who has a great idea for a video game. However, nobody at his work takes him seriously, and they often walk all over him. The other one, Ryan (Jake Johnson), is essentially nothing more than an out of work bum , who's been living off the money he got from doing a hemorrhoid commercial a few years ago.
As expected with these types of characters, you have the traditional cliche story arcs with them. Ryan is often called a loser. While Justin, he's often treated like crap by everyone that he works with, as he can't seem to stand up for himself. And to add even more insult to injury, he has a crush on a girl that he won't ask out because he's too scared. If I had a penny for every cliche this film has, then I'd be richer than Bill Gates. That's for sure.
However, as they walk back home after making fools of themselves at the reunion, people mistake them for real cops. Heck, a bunch of college girls kiss them saying how they need to kiss a cop. Holy cow! Who ever would've thought cops were so damn lucky to be kissed by beautiful random college girls like that? Needless to say, they decide to become cops for all the perks of impressing girls, and f**king with people. Some of these perks range anywhere from forcing guys to loan them their sports cars, to messing with the people that crossed them in the past. They even buy a stolen cop car on ebay, and use it go on patrol. Wow, it's amazing on what kind of crap you can buy these days on the internet.
And for the most part, it seems to work. Nobody figures out they're not real cops either. Hell, they even manage to fool a couple of real cops too. Sure, they tease you a little bit making you think that the real cops might've had them pegged early on, but nope. They never find out until the climax. Hell, there's even a scene, before the climax, where Justin confesses that they've been posing as real cops, at the police station. But guess what?
In the middle of the freaking confession, one of the real cops they fooled earlier tells the receptionist, at the police station, not to take Justin seriously. He claims that he knows for a fact that Justin was joking. I'm sorry, but is this crap for real? I know it's a comedy that's not supposed to be taken seriously, and I'll admit that I have no idea how real cops think. However, I doubt seriously most cops would be this ungodly stupid.
However, I will say this. If you can somehow believe that everyone in this freaking movie is a moron, then I guess you can find the premise of this movie to be slightly plausible. Because let's be honest. That's literally the only way any of this crap would've happened to begin with. But even if you do buy into the premise, the movie itself still doesn't hold up.
For starters, the plot is filled with various movie cliches that have been done over a million times before. You have Ryan, who's the happy go lucky schmuck that loves to party, but everyone thinks he's a loser because he's been out of work for years. He becomes a fake cop, and he starts talking about how he finally found something he's good at blah blah.
Justin is a doormat at his job, who can't stand up for himself. He has a crush on a girl that he's scared to ask out, but he does once she thinks he's a real cop. From there, you have that whole bulls*** liar revealed crap. And like most movies, he's immediately forgiven by her just by saying sorry; complete with a make out kiss and everything. Oh my freaking god. If only real life could be this easy.... Of course, it doesn't help that the love story feels contrived, as there's hardly any real chemistry there.
And to make matters worse, you have the whole cliche crime boss, who's only there to serve as a plot device to move the story along. No depth to his character, or motive. Nope, he's just a straight up mob boss that wants our protagonists dead.
To be honest, I probably would've had more respect for this film if it had made a few clever jokes poking fun at itself; similar to what "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street" did. But since "Let's Be Cops" chooses to play itself out like a straight up comedy, it's fairly mediocre at best.
Some of the jokes are pretty funny, but most of the humor tends to be "hit or miss", with a good majority of them missing. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. have a lot of great chemistry together. It's just a crying shame they weren't given more to work with. Although the pacing wasn't that bad.
"Let's Be Cops" isn't the worst movie that I've seen this year, but it certainly could've been a lot better. If you're into generic comedies where you don't have to think too much, then "Let's Be Cops" is definitely worth renting when it comes out on DVD/Blue Ray. However, I wouldn't pay any money to see it in theaters.
© 2014 Steven Escareno