REVIEW: ‘Cop Out’

Director:
Kevin Smith
Cast:
Bruce Willis
Tracy Morgan
Juan Carlos Hernández
Cory Fernandez
Rated: R

It’s early, but this will likely end up on the worst of the year list.

The movie follow’s two New York City police officers named Jimmy (Willis) and Paul (Morgan). Toward the beginning of the movie we find that Jimmy is trying to sell a prized baseball card to pay for his daughter’s wedding but it ends up getting stolen.

To get it back, he makes a deal with a rising drug lord which leads him and his partner into an even bigger case that neither expected.

The story featured in “Cop Out” lacks any sense of cohesiveness to the point where it seemed like the film was made up as it went along. The film just kept running on random encounters without a solid direction. When it gets to the half way point, a lot of people will probably be asking ‘where is this movie going?’

In terms of comedy, the film has nothing but references to other action-comedies that are actually explained to the audience. This is a major step down to, say, “Hot Fuzz,” which actually made satire toward the genre in a subtle, but way more humorous manner.

So right form the get go I knew this film was going to be painful since the first scene the movie not only had bad impressions done by Morgan that were so over the top that they weren’t even funny, but it also decided to act like we were to stupid to know where they were from since Willis seemed to have to explain all the impressions to us. And the rest of the movie is pretty much like that.

It also didn’t help that the two lead characters had zero chemistry on screen. The film tries to make us believe that these two have been partners for nine years, but they come off as like they can’t stand each other, which is likely due to the actors not having any presentable camaraderie through there performance.

Speaking of performance, all Morgan does for humor is talk loudly and Willis is just brooding through more lighthearted situations. There’s very little substance.

“Cop Out” fails on both action and comedy and it’s a surprising turn away from more fresh material that Director Kevin Smith usually delivers. This is a 1 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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