FILM REVIEW: LET’S BE COPS (15)
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CAST: JAKE JOHNSON, DAMON WAYANS JR, JAMES D’ARCY, ROB RIGGLE & ANDY GARCIA
RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 40 MINS
DIRECTOR: LUKE GREENFIELD
The lead actors’ on-screen chemistry is good, but unfortunately the dialogue they’re given isn’t, writes MIKEY CLARKE.
The trailer for Let’s Be Cops shows off an original premise and provides gags that would have you believe the comedy is on par with last year’s The Heat or even the recent 22 Jump Street – but frustratingly that’s not the case.
When struggling pals Ryan and Justin (played by New Girl stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr) dress up as cops for a costume party, they take up the gig full-time when people take them seriously as genuine police officers – which gets them the female attention and respect they’ve always craved.
Ryan particularly gets carried away with their masquerade, and before long he’s ordered bullet-proof vests and even a cop car on eBay – with predictable comedic shenanigans ensuing.
Things are really going great for the pair until they get on the wrong side of the Russian mob and corrupt cops – and the duo must put their fake badges on the line.
21 Jump Street, Beverly Hills Cop, and Bad Boys are often used as prime examples of filmmakers getting cop comedies right – but even though this does have some intermittent laughs it is as predictably formulaic as they come.
And this coming from a director, Luke Greenfield, who has had a few respectable films including the very decent 2004 comedy The Girl Next Door.
Admittedly Johnson and Wayans Jr do their best to spin-off each other among the terrible script – but sadly the best bits have already been seen in the trailer.