NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

Cop Out Movie Review

By     get stories by email

Not exactly a law enforcement match made in heaven, Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as a devilishly delightful down and dirty detective duo in Cop Out aren't too bad either, who knew. Add to the bawdy brew director Kevin Smith who releases their combo inner zany outlaws, and Cop Out is, well a bit like Clerks with badges.

Morgan is Paul Hodges in Cop Out, an NYPD undercover loon with such a deeply embedded identity crisis related to policing, that he resorts to plagiarizing his unorthodox perp interrogation techniques, to say the least, from crime movies. Which he insists you refer to as homages, please. Paired up with precinct prankster Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis), Hodges is sent out on a surveillance assignment disguised as a giant cell phone, in order to corner a cutthroat Mexican drug gang operating in the vicinity but about to go national.

But running interference on their already questionable pooled investigative skills, including stumped while solving the riddle of a suspect pair of endangered species sea turtle designer boots on a fresh corpse, are family problems on the home front. Including a divorced Monroe's competition with a filthy rich new dad in his daughter's life, regarding her upcoming wedding price tag that he can't afford. And Hodges' obsession over his wife's suspect infidelity, though he's got a surveillance camera disguised as a stuffed teddy bear on the case. To further complicate the ensuing predicaments, the partners get stuck with, not to mention nearly upstaged by, deliberately echolalic thief Dave (American Pie's Seann William Scott), who's just pilfered Monroe's vintage baseball card that could have paid for that wedding.

Cop Out is written and executive produced by small screen satirical sitcom siblings Robb and Mark Cullen. And while Mark studied for his Masters under left theoretician legend Howard Zinn who just passed away, and which really hasn't anything to do with the gist of this script, Robb on the other hand is described in the press material as 'a high functioning moron with a bulldog named Mrs. Butterworth and a slight gambling problem.' And who teamed up with his somewhat more esteemed sibling, not unlike say, the Willis and Morgan potty mouth patrol in question, to address bail bondsman financial issues.

And while Cop Out doesn't disappoint with its telltale signs of Smith's fingerprints and trademark salacious verbal sparring all over this production, the action sequences, along with jabs at Mexicans a bit too heavy on the salsa, earn the director substantial demerits. Especially when it comes to overly stretched out chase scenes that seriously slow down whenever they should be speeding up.

Kevin Smith, it goes without saying, tends to be a not necessarily healthy acquired taste. Which is best summed up by Morgan when he gushes affectionately in one scene, 'I love you like a fat kid loves cake.' Though as one character in Cop Out puts it, 'Way to go, Sherlocks!'

Warner Bros
Rated R
3 stars

Prairie Miller is a multimedia journalist online, in print and on radio. Contact her through NewsBlaze.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Movie Reviews News

This race hate documentary chronicles neo-Nazi relocation to Leith, a small town in North Dakota, and what the locals did to get rid of the supremacists.
Prairie Miller has a conversation with Ben Vereen, about Time Out of Mind, his movie with Richard Gere, a film about the homeless struggling to survive.
A power-hungry ruthless assassin mobster wants to muscle-in on illegal Mafia rackets in the Italian North End. An intimidating, monster with no conscience.
Directed by Anne Fletcher, Hot Pursuit is a mindless diversion chock-full of the staples of the unlikely-buddies genre, like car chases, and accidental drug use.
Three big budget films. Paper Towns, Pixels and Southpaw. Teens saving a neighbor, retro-gamers saving the planet and a southpaw boxer saving himself.
A post-slavery purge of blacks resulted in a whitening of the Argentine population, as immigrants from Italy, France, Lebanon and Syria were welcomed.


NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month

Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

Copyright © 2004-2015 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site