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After watching this film, it appears the writers were trying to channel the Lethal Weapon franchise. Much like Danny Glover, Tracy Morgan played the lovable but ‘lovable’ black guy and Willis played the now single but hardcore white guy. The problem with the film is that it lacked cohesion, an interesting storyline and script. This movie is a desperate attempt to revisit all the 80’s buddy cop movies. However, its one thing to make a movie parody or even pay homage to classic/fan favorite films but it’s another thing to just recycle plot lines/clichés and bottle it all up with poor writing, terrible acting and an incoherent storyline.
Lets look at the name Cop Out:
Defines as: an idiom meaning to avoid taking responsibility for an action or to avoid fulfilling a duty.
The problem with this film, may have began in preproduction. Published sources say before Warner Bros wrote the check for the film, there were many issues including scripting, cohesiveness with stars, salary negotiations, and debates over rating. In the ends Director Kevin Smith came out with $75 million budget with no star power talent. He eventually signed on Willis and Morgan and he received the o.k to make what he calls his parents’ kind of R-rated movie, (some bad language, but not a lot of tasteless [oral sex] jokes) this new changes was supposed to breathe new life into an already doomed project.
The tile of the film was then changed from A Couple Of Dicks to A Couple of Cops and then to Cop Out. Thus, following in the footsteps of The Losers, The Other Guys, Dinner for Schmucks whose title all denote some kind of average guy acting heroically.
Even after all this, the film was just not funny. I was taken back by the language, gritty nature and low brow comedy in this film. I wonder if Tracy Morgan will ever tire of making colored people look bad. I have find his brand of comedy only useful in NBC’s 30 Rock. He plays the always on the job cop who suspects his wife ( played by Rashida Jones) is cheating on him with their neighbor. In this film he tries to play the comic-reflief on an already B-style movie.
On the opposite side, there is divorcee Bruce Willis whose daughter (played by Michelle Trachtenberg) is planning an expensive wedding. On a cop’s salary, Willis can’t afford the wedding so he decides to pawn his most prized baseball card appraised at $80,000. Jason Lee’s plays the ‘refined’ ex-huband who insults Willis in front of both his daughter and wife, saying he will pay for the wedding. I admit, it was hard seeing ‘My name is Earl‘ Jason Lee play a rich snob who when asked to put down around $50,000 for the wedding, he respond, that the price tag was nothing more than ‘a weekend in Vegas’. So, now Willis is determined to sell everything he’s got to give his daughter the wedding of her dreams and to redeem himself.
The real trouble comes when Sean William Scott enter the script. I am unsure if he will ever tire of playing dirty roles; he even looks dirty. Both Willis and Morgan are on Scott’s trail after he steals the card during a Pawn Shop robbery- to which Willis happened to be pawning the card that day. Scott eventually sells the card to a drug dealer who is involved in a much larger web of murder, drugs, and crime which Willis and Morgan get wrapped up in.
Also making appearances in the film, Fred Armisen, Kevin Pollack and Adam Brody. The only funny part I found in the film is when the duo, when trying to retrieve a stolen car from the drug lord, they seek the services of the greatest car thief in the city a 10-years old kid. Although the kid is foul mouthed, rude and disrespectful- this scene is the funniest of the entire film.
By no means am I blaming the epic failure of this film on Willis, Morgan, Scott or Smith- the blame rests with the writers. Writers are charged with writing an excellent script that makes the actor look good. Personally, I would not recommend this movie due to the constant swearing, stupid cop-stupid situation storyline and too much Tracy Morgan and Sean William Scott who both need a hot bath.
Director: Kevin Smith
Starring Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jason Lee, Seann William Scott, Adam Brody, Fred Armisen
Release date: February 26, 2010
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