Warner Bros. Pictures,  Mark Platt Productions

Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Cory Fernandez, Ana de la Reguera, Jason Hurt, Jeff LIma, Sean Cullen, Kevin Pollak, Adam Brody, Guillermo Diaz

Cop Out is a pretty decent “buddy cop” movie like many before.  But it does have some real laughs, lots of action, and some fairly new premises.  Jimmy Monroe (Willis) is the tired old cop, the bad cop, and he’s partnered with Paul (or Paah-oool as his Mexican girlfriend calls him) (Morgan), the black cop and nice guy partner who is obsessed with playing the bad cop, but only quotes movie lines.  (Isn’t this Riggs and Murtaugh from whole Lethal Weapon series?  Yeah, well it pretty much is, and it’s not quite as memorable as Lethal Weapon by any means.

But Willis is getting pretty good at playing the divorce Dad crotchety old cop.   And Tracy Morgan did an excellent job putting away the “Hi, I’m Brian Fellows” routine and playing an action hero cop pretty well.  I haven’t watched 30 Rock, but maybe he got some of his acting skills from there?

Anyway,  as in all buddy cop movies, they screw up and get kicked off the force, and lo and behold, they keep on investigating just like nothing happened.   Monroe (Willis) has a daughter about to be married and his plan to pay for the wedding (so his wife’s new husband doesn’t show him up) is to hawk a first edition baseball card that is worth a fortune.   Unfortunately at the right place at the wrong time, the card gets stolen.  Turns out the evil ones this time are Mexican gangs, and the stories intertwine.

There’s some shooting and some running and fast driving, and a few mishaps that are turned into some slapstick humor, but all in all it’s a decent buddy film and probably worth the spot as a rental in your queue.

Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) directed this movie, so naturally Jason Lee pops up in a small role, but a memorable one.   Fred Armisen of SNL fame also shows up playing Russian lawyer, and it’s dreadfully funny how BAD it is.   All in all, it looks like they had a ball making this movie, which may be why I enjoyed watching it.   It’s not classic cinema, but it’s a fun time watching the screwed up partnership try to survive.

A few really good laughs.   Give it a try.



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