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Let’s Be Cops Mini Review

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.

Rating: 5/10


Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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22 Jump Street Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a new film review (man it feels like ages since I’ve said that haha) and today I’ll be talking about 22 Jump Street, a film I’ve been looking forward to for a long time now. As most of the people who follow this blog know, I’m not overly fond of comedies, however there are a few that I do like and 21 Jump Street surprised me back in 2012 so I was definitely down for the sequel especially after the trailers dropped. So how does this comedy sequel fare? Well read on and find out!


The story for the film can be summarised as the following:

“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.”

In a nutshell this story is awesome. The story on display here basically does the same thing again, except changes the setting and story elements, like for instance instead of it being school it is college and rather than Jenko having a bad time, its Schmidt this time round. 22 Jump Street does what The Hangover 2 tried to do, but rather than fail miserably, this film gets the sequel formula right. I will admit at the beginning I thought the film was just alright, but around the middle when Ice Cube came into the film more was when the film really picked up and by the end it was insanely funny. The humour is just as funny as its predecessor, if not more so, but beyond that the story has some touching moments to it too. I love how self-aware the film is, it references a lot of pop culture, pokes fun at itself and the concept of film sequels and at one point even does something similar to Tropic Thunder but takes it to a new level of fun and absurdity.


When it comes to the cast they’re all very good offering various levels of humour throughout. Firstly there’s Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko. They’re back as this odd dynamic duo and they’re just as funny, if not funnier than they were before. These two clearly are having fun with their roles and they’re chemistry is amazing and kinetic. Hill is funny because of his character’s awkward lines of dialogue, weird interactions with people and poor levels of physical strength and Tatum is funny because his character is a blockhead, seems to be some kind of superhuman and his stupidity leads to some really funny one-liners in the film. Also I just want to note how frigging cool Tatum was, his action scenes were awesome and his acrobatic moments really make him look like he’ll fit into a superhero film in the future (let’s hope he does Gambit justice). Ice Cube as Capt. Dickson is just on the highest level of awesomeness in this film. I thought Dickson was funny in the last film, but here he is on fire just being like the most angry stereotypical black man ever and Cube just kills it. I have not laughed at one person so much in a film in a long time.


Peter Stormare as Ghost is great too, he’s the main bad guy and he has a bit of stage play performer vibe about him, but I like that and how cocky and weird he is too. Wyatt Russell as Zook is just amazing, he is a very odd man, he has some very strange personality traits and dreams, but that’s what makes him so funny and his interaction with Jenko is awesome. Amber Stevens is gorgeous as Maya, she’s a person Schmidt befriends and she’s a smart and kind-hearted soul, I like her. Jillian Bell as Mercedes is really funny, her lines in this film were insane, rude and kind of repetitive in the subject manner but also funny. Also seeing the return of Nick Offerman as Deputy Chief Hardy is just perfect, I love how Hardy delivered his lines in such a deadpan kind of way, Offerman was clearly channeling his inner Ron Swanson as it was pretty much the exact same character and to be honest I loved it. Dave Franco as Eric Molson and Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters were awesome in their segment in the film too. There are also some cameos in the film that I won’t spoil which are just awesome and hilarious.


In conclusion 22 Jump Street is awesome and is a prime example of how to do a comedy sequel correctly. I had hoped for a good experience watching this film, but it was way funnier than I expected and I was actually laughing out loud which has not happened since 2011. This a great fun-filled experience which is basically the same thing again, but better. I can easily recommend this as some summer fun in the cinema.

Rating: 8/10 (Ice Cube is a don! XD)

So what did you think of 22 Jump Street? Did it meet your expectations or were you let down? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review. Laters! 😀


Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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