Cop Out (2010) – My Review

I remember watching a number of ‘buddy cop’ films where you have two conflicting personalities working together to solve a crime – one serious cop accompanied by a wilder, dimwit or cartoonish cop.

Some of them that I remember are: National Security (remember Martin Lawrence saying “Why, ’cause I’m black guy?”) Bad Boys, Rush Hour, Men in Black and Wild Wild West

Cop Out is the latest entrant to this subgenre starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. It also stars Seann William Scott, a small-time crook with ‘Spiderman Skills’ i.e. wall climbing skills, who acts as their assistant from time to time.

Jimmy (Willis) and Paul (Morgan) are detectives with NYPD celebrating their ninth anniversary as partners. Jimmy’s daughter is getting married and he promises to pay for his daughter’s big fat wedding no matter how pricey the ceremony is. He refuses to accept financial aid from his ex-wife’s second husband Roy (Jason Lee – the weird guy in Alvin and the Chipmunks)

Jimmy plans to pay for the wedding by selling his rare baseball card. Unfortunately,  the card gets stolen and gets in the hands of a Mexican Drug Mafia who has a liking for antique sport collectables. Together, the two cops set out to recover the card from the mafia.

Cop Out has both action and hilarious jokes. There are a couple of funny moments, like the interrogation by Paul in the beginning and parts where Paul gets worried that his wife is cheating on him. The film however fails to offer anything different in the genre, but it sure made me laugh out loud!

My Rating: 2/5

Kenneth Peter — kennethpeter.com

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