Howdy people of the internet, time for another short review and today I’ll be talking about the comedy film, Let’s Be Cops. Now I saw the trailer for this back in June or July and thought it might be fun, then I heard about the bad reviews, and it was at that point when I decided that the film would not be worth my time… But since I went to the dentist and had a painful session, I needed something to cheer me up and this film was the only thing available at the time… Plus, I was desperate. And that’s how I ended up watching it.
The story goes like this:
“It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.”
All I can say is what a waste of a good premise. The idea of normal two men pretending police officers sounds like it has a the makings of a great comedy film, or at least a decent one, but not in this case. What we get is a series of interesting and humourous scenarios with the two main characters and some serious stuff happening around all of that as well. My two main issues with this film is that it wastes the opportunities for police pranks and when the film is trying to be funny, it rarely hits its marks. Besides a smile or a slight chuckle, this film had no laugh-out-loud moments, most of the verbal and physical humour is poor at best and the majority of it was shown in the trailers which makes their value even less in the film. In addition to that the story tries to mix light-hearted humour with meaningful storylines for the main characters, but the journey hardly gives me a reason to root for the heroes and by the end of the film when they’ve succeeded through their trials and tribulations it mean nothings because I wasn’t invested to begin with like a good comedy like 22 Jump Street which does a similar police-type film and does everything WAY better. And it also doesn’t help that the film was boring at points, I checked my phone twice! TWICE, that never happens unless I’m really not feeling the film, at one point I even wanted to walk about because I was that uninterested.
When it comes to the cast it is a bit of a mixed bag. Jake Johnson isn’t all that funny as Ryan O’Malley. Ryan is a bit of a loser, he messed his life in the past and now he has nothing to do except drift around and be annoying. Not until he pretends to be a police guy, does he finally have an outlet in life and tries to do good, but also mess around. Johnson gets the best material to work with but I didn’t find him too funny. Damon Wayans, Jr. isn’t much better as Justin Miller. Justin is a guy who has dreams, but is stuck in a rut at his current job and once he too becomes a policeman he starts to enjoy the perks of the job, though he constantly questions the morality of his actions. Wayans definitely has the looks and similar style of charisma that makes his father such a joy to watch, unfortunately he doesn’t have the same charm and comedic timing and it also doesn’t help that his character is a bit of a wimp. The only other good performances come from Rob Riggle as Patrol Officer Segars, Andy Garcia as Detective Brolin, James D’Arcy as Mossi Kasic and a funny/sexy appearance from Natasha Leggero as Annie. And lastly Nina Dobrev as Josie and Keegan-Michael Key as Pupa were pretty forgettable.
In conclusion Let’s Be Cops has small moments of humour and good chemistry between the two main characters, but it is not nearly as funny as it should be and from beginning to end the film never capitalizes on the main idea of the main duo pretending to be policemen and that’s what really hurts. Your money would be well-spent elsewhere.