LET’S BE COPS | MOVIE REVIEW

LET’S BE COPS is the latest in a long line of “cop” buddy films, although this one has a nice comedic twist :). I have to say my mind is blown – I only just found out that that is Damon Wayans Jnr, the son of Damon – again I am mind blown, I still picture Damon senior looking not much older than that, and now I may have a wee crush on both father and son haha. Kernel Alistair reviews this one and I have to apologise the review was not up prior to release, a small communication breakdown. But you lucky things, it is still out now and you can head to most commercial cinemas and see it. It is released thanks to the peeps at 20th Century Fox, it runs for 104mins and is rated MA15+. Enjoy Alistair’s review….all the best….JK. 

 

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REVIEW BY ALISTAIR SHIELDS

LET’S BE COPS pits the comedic talents of regular NEW GIRL co-stars Damon Wayans Jnr and Jake Johnson in this light-hearted comedy which focuses on two regular Joes who attempt to get the respect they so desperately want by donning fake police uniforms.

It is a relatively fresh script considering all the current films out there at the moment, which are either copies of books, comics or just plain sequels, however, it does adhere to some regular old formulas which make it a bit tired in some areas. Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jnr) star as two 30-somethings who aren’t too thrilled with how life has turned out for them. One laments his position as a video game assistant while another prides himself on an almost-professional football career which has long since passed.

What then begins as a simple costume party leads the two to the revelation that people respect and listen to those in uniform, specifically a police uniform, and so begins the downward spiral into complete delusion. After a time the two move from just donning the uniform to driving fake police cars, answering police calls and enacting real life pat-downs and arrests.

 

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LET’S BE COPS | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | RYAN (JAKE JOHNSON) AND JUSTIN (DAMON WAYANS JNR)

 

Sooner or later this was bound to get them into trouble and, low and behold, the two eventually find themselves on the wrong side of a mob as they accidently interrupt them in the middle of a shake-down. The story following this moment is less progressive than one would hope with a lot of the film just focusing on the comedic antics of the two main stars with no other actor in the film really making an impact, this is not by choice but just limited roles. Rob Riggle (THE HANGOVER) would be the most notable of the support roles as policeman Segars. It seems Rob has become the guy in Hollywood for those ‘pretty-much-a-cameo’ roles as seen in THE HANGOVER, 21 JUMP STREET, THE INTERNSHIP etc. However, in this movie Rob moves away from being the comedic relief, which he is usually, to being the dramatic anchor. An interesting role reversal but one that he succeeds in achieving if you can look past all his previous roles.

The other supporting roles come in the form Nina Dobrev (PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER), James D’Arcy (CLOUD ATLAS), Keegan-Michael Key (KEY AND PEELE) and Andy Garcia (OCEAN’S TWELVE). While none play a notable role they each have their bit too play; Nina provides the largely male audience that will be in attendance for the movie the necessary eye candy (I will admit she is quite attractive so that worked), James D’Arcy plays the slightly over the top villain which seems a little too fake while Andy Garcia provides the film with some grade-A acting chops. Keegan-Michael Key I saved for last because he was another notable character for me. An absolutely ridiculous character who is thoroughly stereotyped but Keegan plays him to a tee and it doesn’t bother the viewer with how over-the-top it is. The dreadlocked, tattoo shirted, horribly accented gangsta is a highlight of the film and nothing less from what I would expect from the comedic duo of Key & Peele.

 

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LET’S BE COPS | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | RYAN (JAKE JOHNSON) AND JUSTIN (DAMON WAYANS JNR)

 

A final note before I sum up the film for you all who just skip the body and read the start and finish. What’s with the Backstreet Boys making a comeback? I feel like ‘THIS IS THE END’ started something with their outrageously hilarious addition of the band’s single ‘Everybody’ and to be honest, I don’t mind it. Just don’t make it a common thing. Actually, I think we are done. Three times is just bandwagonning.

In the end, the film relies a bit too much on the two main stars and the banter exchanged. While amusing at times you’re often left hoping that the film will develop into a levelled story and give you some other characters to root for or interact with. That being said Wayans and Johnson each have considerable comedic talents which help hold the movie together but it just isn’t enough to make this a truly great one, it is a movie by scenes rather than its entirety. One such scene involves an obscenely fat, naked man, and Damon Wayans Jnr getting a little bit too close for comfort, if you know what I mean. The laughter rippled throughout the cinema for quite some time.

By the by, for all those wondering who won the comedic standoff between Wayans and Johnson. It was Damon. Always the Wayans. A standout throughout the film and always a good laugh to watch. I would love to be invited over to the Wayans household for a family dinner. How is a whole family just that amazingly funny? Outrageous.

 

3 Pops

 

 

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