Take a Drink: for every buddy cop movie cliché.
Take a Drink: every time the main characters abuse the power of being a cop.
Do a Shot: every time the movie tries to parody Training Day.
Do a Shot: for the obligatory fat naked guy scene.
By: Frankie B. ( Four Beers) –
Everyone loves a buddy cop movie, right? 21 & 22 Jump Street, along with Hot Fuzz, are the only buddy cop movies in the last decade that have actually been funny. So when I saw the trailer for Let’s Be Cops, I didn’t really come away with high hopes. But, with a cast consisting of Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, and Nina Dobrev, there was some hope that it was going to be a good time. Also, it seemed as though the creators of the movie wasted all of the punch lines in the trailer. Thankfully, I was wrong on that front.
Let’s Be Cops follows two friends, Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.), as they impersonate LAPD officers. The guys are down on their luck with Ryan being a struggling actor, and Justin being a struggling video game designer. They mistakenly dress up as cops for a masquerade ball, and decide it would be a great idea to go around the city as cops. What starts as a joke quickly escalates into the duo being wrapped up in an investigation of the one of the city’s most dangerous drug dealers.
Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans have awesome chemistry, and their banter is the only thing that keeps this mediocre train from going completely off the rails. My only exposure to both of these guys was through the show New Girl, and they carried their combined hilarity to the big screen. Wayans has definitely inherited his father’s knack for getting people to laugh. Johnson plays the lovable loser to perfection, and it is always hilarious to see a grown man curse out a little kid. These two really need to get paired with a good director along with a top-notch script. They will definitely hit it out of the park.
I also feel like I need to mention Nina Dobrev. I am not 100% sure of her acting ability, but she looks spectacular in every scene she is in. Easily an 11 out of 10. So hot.
For once Rob Riggle is not the most annoying thing in a movie that he is featured in. He’s passable only because he toned down his usual wacky schtick. Even though he wasn’t the worst in this movie, I still hate him for ruining 22 Jump Street for me. Such an asshole. Keegan-Michael Key unexpectedly shows up as a crazy criminal, and is vastly underused given his talent.
I am reasonably sure that the readers of this movie tried to pick the best parts from each of the best buddy cop movies, and cobble them together to make this movie. Unfortunately, they did a pretty shit job with the plot, and it somewhat resembles a badly drawn out sitcom episode. The concept only works for so long, and then it starts to make all of the cops in the movie look like a bunch of dumbasses. Shitty plot with decent performances is not a winning combination.
Fuck Andy Garcia.
Will you enjoy this movie? Yes. Will you immediately forget it once you leave the theater? Yes. Far from the worst movie I saw this summer, but it is the textbook definition of mediocre.