Thursday, February 25, 2010

Review: Cop Out

Grade: A-

NYPD detectives Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges have been partners for nine years. One day, while trying to get a lead on a drug dealer, everything goes wrong and their contact is killed and the murderer gets away from them and the two are suspended for a month. Monroe, now concerned that he won't be able to pay for his daughters dream wedding, decides to sell a rare baseball card. While trying to sell the card, the shop is robbed and his card his stolen. Monroe then recruits the help of his partner to help find the people who stole his card. In the process, they stumble back into the case that got them suspended and they don't even realize it.

This is director Kevin Smith's first time directing someone else's writing, and he did a pretty good job of it. The movie was absolutely hilarious and we really have Kevin Smith and his integrity to make good movies to thank for that. WB wanted to dumb this movie down to a PG-13 rating but Smith took an 80% pay cut to keep it rated R, and thank all that is holy that he did. After seeing the movie, if they had tried to make it PG-13 it would have been a horrendous pile of a movie. But thanks to Smith this movie was absolutely hilarious. The writing was great and the first scene in particular had me laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair. The movie is fun, funny and exciting. The action in the movie is pretty good too and this movie is a great blending of the two genres. Probably one of the best buddy cop movies I've seen.

Bruce Willis (Die Hard, Surrogates) plays detective Jimmy Monroe. Willis was absolutely hilarious in this movie. Harkening back to his roles in the Die Hard movies, Willis can handle the action all the while throwing out hilarious one liners. Tracy Morgan (TV's 30 Rock, SNL) plays detective Paul Hodges. I have only ever really like Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock but he was actually pretty good and really funny in this movie. Willis and Morgan work surprisingly well as partners and their two clashing personalities was fantastic, easily one of the better bromances of the past couple years, and only helped add to the humor of it all. Sean William Scott (Role Models, The Dukes of Hazard) plays Dave, the thief who stole the card. His role, while not all that big, was really funny and his interactions with Willis and Morgan are great. The movie also features Kevin Pollak, Adam Brody, Rashida Jones, Jason Lee, Guillermo Diaz and Michelle Trachtenberg. Sadly though, no appearances by Smith himself or his hetro lifemate Jason Mewes.

If you are looking for a good cop/action movie with tons of humor, Cop Out is the movie to see. Also, if you like Bruce Willis, this is the movie for you. This movie more than exceeded my expectations. I am a huge fan of Kevin Smith, but I like his movies for his writing, not so much the direction. But if ever there was a script that would get Smith to direct something he didn't write, it is this. I'm going to call it right now, one of the best comedies of the year. One last note, the title of the movie, Cop Out, is alright, and once you hear the story of how that name came to be it's actually pretty funny, but I much prefer the original title as it makes more sense and is hilarious its self: A Couple of Dicks. In fact I still tend to call it that. I understand why they changed it, too a point, but I still find it to be a genius title.

Great quote: "Hey, you want to be my jail cell BFF, without the forced rape?"

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