DIR: Kevin Smith • WRI: Robb Cullen, Mark Cullen • PRO: Polly Johnsen, Marc Platt, Michael Tadross • DOP: David Klein • ED: Kevin Smith • DES: Michael Shaw • CAST: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernández, Cory Fernandez, Ana de la Reguera
Cop Out is one of those films that sounds awful on paper but works exponentially better than it should. No matter what way you dress it up, the plot sounds less than enticing, however if you let the summary put you off then you’ll miss a great movie that delivers constant laugh out loud moments and one liners.
Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan team up as two long-time NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball in this Kevin Smith-directed production.
When Paul’s (Tracy Morgan) unpredictable antics get them suspended without pay, Jimmy (Bruce Willis) decides to sell his rare baseball card that’s worth tens of thousands dollars to try and pay for his daughter’s (Michelle Trachtenberg) wedding. The collector’s shop is robbed and the card stolen. Paul and Jimmy end up going rogue, tracking down the card and find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster.
While this polar opposite police partner formula has been done to death in the past, it works for this film because it pays tribute to it rather than re-hashes it. From the start you are told that this movie is an homage to the cop movies of the ’80s and ’90s. In fact, one of Cop Out‘s biggest charms is that it feels like a buddy cop comedy you’ve seen before, but have forgotten how much you enjoyed it. The only real criticism I have is that I’d have liked a few more dramatic scenes to balance out the comedic elements.
The more I think about it, the more I realise how truly random the cast and characters are but I can’t stress enough how well it works. Without them and their brilliant comedic timing this film would have been a disaster. Every single character from the rival NYPD partners, to Paul’s neighbour and the notorious car thief evoked a laugh from me. I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed some jokes because I was laughing at other ones.
It’s a complete cop out if you claim to like comedies and don’t go to see this.