Cop Out (Review)

COP OUT
(2/26/10; Comedy)
Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz, Seann William Scott, Jason Lee
SCR: Robb Cullen, Marc Cullen
DIR: Kevin Smith
MPAA: R for Pervasive language including sexual references, violence and brief sexuality.
1 hour 56 mins
BOX: $44,464,065

Willis and Morgan are longtime NYPD partners on the trail of – get this – a stolen baseball card in a movie that, despite its lazy 80s “action movie” vibe is still pretty funny on a scene-by-scene basis.

Willis plays a hardass cop and seems to have fun sending up his own image. Morgan is a cartoon character, a live-action Bill the Cat, who is given a lot of leeway with jokes that range from inspired to painfully unfunny.

Director Smith’s biggest box office hit to date is also the first film he did not also write. Although I’m not a fan of Cop Out, I’m happy for his success. I have always maintained that Smith was a far stronger writer than a director. Hopefully next time, he’ll change it up in the other direction.

The original title was A Couple of Dicks but considering all the fuss made over Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno, it’s understandable why the title got changed. (Warner Bros.)

— DENNIS WILLIS

Author: Dennis Willis

Dennis Willis is an award-winning producer, TV host, producer, director, editor (he preferred Avid until a torrid affair with Adobe Premiere, and the rest is history), author and film critic (print and radio). Dennis produced and hosted the TV programs Reel Life, FilmTrip, Soundwaves (1983-2008) and produces the annual Soundwaves Xmas program. He is currently the film critic on KGO Radio in San Francisco, and a member of both the San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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