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8/20/2014 8:39:00 AM
Movie Review: Let's Be Cops
Cynthia Morse Zumbaugh


Okay, to be honest I wasn't in the best of moods when I saw this movie, so I thought, "Maybe it's just me; it's doing great at the box office." So I went out and read audience comments along with the critics' reviews. It wasn't just me.

To call this movie sophomoric would be a compliment. The humor pretty much relies completely on profanity and sex jokes. I'm thinking there is an audience out there, it did well at the box office, but I'm not part of that audience. If you thought Beerfest was a great movie, for example, and that The Hangover was amazing cinema, this might be for you. Most of the "best" moments are shown in the trailers, so you can decide from that if it is worth your time.

The premise of the movie (believe me, the word plot really doesn't apply) is two guys who dress as cops for a party and when they are mistaken for the real thing, they decide to continue the ruse. Problem is, they get involved in some actual dangerous criminal activity. There are no surprises; I could have written the ending fifteen minutes into the movie.

The fault here lies with the writers, not necessarily with the cast. Jack Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr., are both charming in their own way and they have decent chemisty. Nina Dobrev is lovely, no denying that, and I'm sure all three do their very best without much given to them. Rob Riggle irritates me, I'm not certain why. I've not liked him in anything that I've seen him in; I think of him as a poor man's Patrick Warburton, without the charm.

Rated "R" (and if it wasn't, there would be no plot at all.) There is nudity (male) and lots of sexual innuendo and situations, some violence and enough profanity to cover the next four or five movies you might see. Not for kids, though they might be the only ones to really enjoy this.


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