Let’s Be Cops

Posted August 13, 2014 by in


Total Score

3.5/ 5

Quick Stats

Genre: comedy
Director: Luke Greenfield
MPAA Rating: R
Actors: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle
Length: 104 minutes
Release Date: 8/13/2014
Studio: Genre Films, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, WideAwake
What We Thought

It’s funnier than 22 Jump Street, and worlds fresher.

by Daniel Hodgson
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To be honest, I was prepared to make a perfunctory screening of  Let’s Be Cops, publish a snarky, four-word review, “How about let’s not,” and call it a day.
     And then the movie surprised me.  It’s funny.  It’s funnier than 22 Jump Street, and worlds fresher.  Your average, run-of-the-mill cop movie has the cops pretending to be crooks.  Let’s Be Cops reverses that.
     Ryan (Jake Johnson) and his friend and roommate Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) go to a costume party dressed as cops (although Ryan quickly finds out that a costume party and a masquerade are not the same thing).  Walking home, they notice people looking at them differently.  Chicks dig guys in uniform, and a group of hotties lay big wet kisses on them.  They sure could get used to this.
     They tell random strangers, “Freeze!” for kicks, and confiscate a joint for personal use.  Justin wants to go back to his day job as a game programmer, but Ryan is hooked, and buys a squad car from Ebay.
     Let’s Be Cops is funniest in its first half, before the plot takes over.  Ryan and Justin can’t even break up a cat fight at a sorority, but find themselves going up against Mossi (James D’Arcy) and his gang of thugs.  The story hits predictable beats before the credits roll, and a shift from comedy to action doesn’t quite work.  The way the climax plays out is a no-no, and prevents Justin from finishing his character arc and manning-up already—something we’ve spent the entire movie waiting for.
     However, I enjoyed the story’s loopy premise, and the movie has one good laugh-out-loud sight-gag that it milks for all its worth.  I haven’t laughed that hard all year.  I won’t spoil it; you’ll know it when you see it.

About the Author

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.


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