Cop Out Review

19 Mar

Cop Out

Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott

I’m not one to see a movie based on a review.  I write reviews and I know that they can be very subjective, so I try to base my opinion strictly on what I think of a film.  Given that, this film far exceeded my expectations.

Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) scored with this buddy-cop action-comedy.  Cop Out is a about two police partners, Jimmy and Paul (Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan), who are suspended without pay after botching an assignment which leads to an informant being killed and a drug lord getting away.

 After the suspension, Jimmy is faced with finding a way to pay for his daughter’s (Michelle Trachtenberg) wedding and decides to sell a vintage, highly expensive baseball card in order to do so.  While he’s having the card appraised, the store he’s in gets robbed by Dave (Seann William Scott) and he takes off with the card.  After Jimmy and Paul hunt down Dave, they find out that they may have a second chance to catch the guy who is responsible for their suspension.

Willis and Morgan, who most would think wouldn’t make a good match, make the perfect pair.  Morgan is hysterical in this film and I think he is that much better when playing off Willis’ subdued nature.  Willis has his own comedic chops, but Morgan’s in your face humor allows Willis to shine in a dry and sarcastic way.

The supporting cast of this film left me a bit confused.  The main villain of this film, Poh Boy (Guillermo Diaz), was distracting.  He had these crazy eyes, but just came off too cartoony.  I felt that Rashida Jones, who played Paul’s wife Debbie, was miscast.  I didn’t feel any chemistry between her and Morgan. 

Hunsaker and Mangold (Kevin Pollack, Adam Brody) played partners who were always in competition with Jimmy and Paul.  I’m huge fans of these actors, but they didn’t come off as believable to me.  Sadly, I think it was more because of Brody than Pollack.  Brody has such a distinct style to his performances that I just don’t know if it fit in with this movie.  When I saw Pollack though, it reminded me of The Whole Nine Yards, in which he also co-starred with Willis.

I loved Jason Lee as the husband of Jimmy’s ex-wife.  Again, it was a great nod to the past work that Lee has done with Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Dogma).  He plays cocky very well.  Scott was a highlight to this cast as well.  He played his character, Dave, perfectly.  He was one of the most likeable bad guys I’ve ever watched.  I was a big fan of the music in the film as well.  After hearing the Beastie Boys in the opening credits, I knew the soundtrack would be fun.

Overall, this movie was a good time.  Morgan just has such a specific way of hitting those comedic notes.  I actually felt he was more in control in this movie than in past projects of his.  Smith was able to mix the funny with a great deal of action.  Known mainly for his smaller films, Smith showed he has what it takes to go mainstream as well.  I recommend checking this one out.

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One Response to “Cop Out Review”

  1. CMrok93 April 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Overall a disappointing romp filled with vulgar humor, bad language, and cheesy plot points, this movie is not worth your time. I was terribly disappointed that Kevin Smith would actually go this low, but hey, not everything is always going to be good. Nice review, check out mine when you can!

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