A couple of days ago, I had the chance to watch an early screening for “Let’s Be Cops“. I know that it’s already out in the USA, but it probably won’t get released until January or so where I live, therefore I was extremely happy to get a chance to see it this early on. Nonetheless, I thought I’d make this a spoiler-free review, just in case you haven’t watched it yet.
The trailer should make it pretty obvious what this movie is about: Two guys dress up as cops for a costume party, but then get mistaken for real police men. But those guys take impersonating a cop to a whole new level – they buy a police car from ebay and they start their own investigative work. There’s actually a lot that you don’t see in the trailer, for example the fact that they get into a lot of trouble with a dangerous criminal early on in the story. Nina Dobrev‘s character is involved in that as well, but still can’t be upgraded to an essential character for the storyline in my opinion. The entire time I was watching the movie, I was just thinking of how illegal all of it is and that they simply can’t get out of this without some sort of serious consequences … but they did. I mentioned this would be spoiler-free, so I’m not going to say more, but I felt like it was essential for the review to clarify that not everything or in fact very little makes sense in this movie.
I’ve already seen the trailer a while back and thought the movie looked pretty funny, but I was a little concerned that they might have used all the laugh-worthy stuff for the promo already and that the movie wouldn’t be as great or funny. But that was definitely not the case – it’s like they took Nick and Coach from New Girl and just gave them their own bro-movie, which was hilarious to witness. Sometimes they’ve tried a little too hard to be funny, but all in all I sat there laughing – a lot! It’s just one of those movies where you cannot expect some sort of high-end humour, you have to realise that it’s going to be pretty stupid a lot of the time and then just roll with it. In my opinion it’s a less successful version of 21 and 22 Jump Street.
In the end, it very much depends on your sort of humour if you like the movie or not. I enjoyed it, but I watch about every movie or show that Jake Johnson stars in (if you like Indie Movies, I can only recommend Safety Not Guaranteed and The Pretty One!). The music was chosen brilliantly a lot of the time and the action scenes didn’t come short either.
Finally, just some hard facts about the movie to close this review:
Genre: Comedy/ Cop-Buddy Movie
Length: 104 minutes
Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Andy Garcia, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, …
Director: Luke Greenfield
Do you think you’ll watch the movie? Or is it just another useless American comedy?