Review by Jack Foley
IF KEVIN Smith had set out to make the worst buddy cop comedy possible, he’s hit the target with all guns blazing.
Cop Out is an absolute mess of a movie, a sorry homage to the action movies of the ’80s that squanders the talent of its leading men and tramples on the memory of just about everything it attempts to parody.
Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan star as NYPD partners Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges, who must balance attempting to bring down a Mexican drug dealer with their messy personal lives.
For Jimmy, the ‘at home’ dilemma is how to pay for his daughter’s wedding, especially given that the rare, mint-conditioned baseball card he was going to use to do so has been stolen.
Paul, on the other hand, must find out whether or not his wife is having an affair given that he’s away so much doing undercover work.
Audiences, though, will struggle to care about the personal plights of both men given the shoddy nature of both the script and the actors’ improv work.
Nothing about Cop Out works… Willis appears to be on auto-pilot and playing off past successes, while Morgan threatens to undo all the good work he’s put in building his reputation on TV’s 30 Rock.
The motor-mouthed character of Paul is insanely annoying and not in the least bit funny, and will surely test the patience of even the most die-hard fan.
Smith, for his part, attempts to enliven proceedings with the help of a soundtrack supplied by ’80s synth icon Harold Faltermeyer (of Beverly Hills Cop fame), as well as support from Seann William Scott and Kevin Pollack.
But his material is so weak that he’s mostly flogging a dead horse with supposed homages to the likes of Abbott and Costello, The Keystone Cops and Riggs and Murtaugh just plain painful to behold.
Willis fans may also lament the lack of a single decent action sequence, especially given the high standards set by a lot of the actor’s past work in the genre.
If that was Smith’s intention, then it feels just as big a cop out as the movie’s title itself. All in all, this is a dire experience from start to finish.
Running time: 107mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: September 20, 2010
- Buy it on DVD (Amazon)
- Buy it on Blu-ray (Amazon)
- Read our review
- Best buddy cop movies
- Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan interview
- Cop Out Photo Gallery