Review Catch-Up: “Cop Out”

March 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm 1 comment

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Kevin Smith’s first action flick, as well as the first movie he’s directed and not written, certainly stands out in his stable of films.  Unfortunately, in the buddy-cop action movie genre, it blends in with all the rest.  While I don’t think the movie is terrible, it’s not all that great, either.

Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan play Detectives Jimmy and Paul, two wise-cracking cops who have both been temporarily suspended due to a botched sting operation.  This sucks worse for Jimmy, because his daughter’s expensive wedding is fast approaching, and he needs the funds to pay for it.  Jimmy decides to sell an ultra-rare baseball card worth more than his daughter’s wedding.  Problem is, it gets stolen.  Willis and Morgan spend the next hour and forty minutes trying to find it, running into a dangerous Latino gang in the process.

Cop Out suffers from a mediocre script saved only by some good chemistry and ad-libbing between Morgan and Willis.  The movie also suffers from a run-time of nearly 2 hours; this is a movie that could’ve needed some time shaved off.  It loses steam about halfway through, and has a bunch of supporting characters that were either unnecessary or had too much screen time (Rashida Jones, as beautiful as she is, didn’t need that much screen time, and Sean William Scott’s character was an anomaly to me).

Overall, it was certainly entertaining (to a degree) and a decent way to spend an evening, but don’t expect too much.  I wouldn’t mind it if Kevin Smith wanted to do another action movie, but maybe choose a better script (or even write it) next time.



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  • 1. CMrok93  |  April 28, 2011 at 2:06 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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