Let’s Be Cops review

Director:
Steve Quale
Cast:
Matt Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies
Richard Armitage
Max Deacon
Nathan Kress
Rated: PG-13

Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans) are a couple of guys pushing 30 who are trying to make it living in Los Angeles, but don’t appear to be going anywhere in life. Justin isn’t making progress as a game developer and Ryan is still trying to ride the success of a commercial he starred in.

One night when the two are preparing to go to a costume party, they decide to dress as cops. It all comes off as fun to the two buddies as people actually believe they are from law enforcement, however, things take a turn for the worse when real officers and the mob think they are police, too.

“Let’s Be Cops” definitely had a great premise but there is no doubt that its execution probably could have been a lot better.

The film follows more or less a standard buddy-cop genre story, and doesn’t offer too many new things, especially in the joke department.

Towards the beginning, when it was just the two of them joking around with their fake authority, the movie worked. As time went on, though, and the movie got deeper into its mob story, it started becoming a bit dull, and the comedy along with it.

That being said, it’s not as if the movie is empty in terms of laughs. There were a few jokes that actually worked really well and it has enough humor to give an audience chuckles the whole way through. It just doesn’t give the kind of gut-busting humor that “22 Jump Street” did earlier this summer.

In terms of acting, Johnson and Wayans weren’t too bad. The two had workable comedic timing and there chemistry was fine, it just wasn’t very memorable and won’t be remembered as one of the all time comedic duos.

A surprising performance actually came from Rob Riggle, who played one of the straight laced cops in the LAPD. It was different seeing Riggle as the more upstanding law enforcement officer, as opposed to the bumbler he portrayed in “The Hangover.” He actually does pretty well in the part and is one of the better parts of the movie.

“Let’s Be Cops” is an OK comedy, but isn’t a particularly memorable one. There aren’t many jokes that stand out and the humor comes across at times as dull and recycled. It does have just enough humor, though for a positive rating with a 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and 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 write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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