(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Let’s Be Cops might be the least intelligent movie this year, but it did have some very funny comedic moments, however, most of the movie has some moments of forced comedy where you can lose brain cells watching it. Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Damon Wayans had made some pretty funny movies like I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Blankman, and one of my personal favorites Major Payne. Let’s not forget his hilarious roles in In Living Color as well. He was definitely a well known comedy actor in the early 90’s. Now his son Damon Wayans Jr. is coming to the fold as a comedic actor as well. It’s cool seeing a son trying to come to his father’s footsteps, but will he be under his dad’s shadow or break in his own way. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I guess Let’s Be Cops is way for him to jump start into stardom, but this one was a speed bump for him. I will start with what I didn’t like, the so so, to what I liked.
What I didn’t like, this movie is probably this year’s least intelligent script. Let’s face it, if anybody was going to impersonate cop in real life will be caught sooner than you think, and this movie has stretched it out for too long. So long that they had to make ridiculous turns to continue with the story. There is no way a real cop would not have known they’re weren’t real cops. They really try to force their slap stick comedy which really didn’t work. Also comedies need to stop showing male genetalia, cuz it is not funny, not even for women. The story was typical and cliched for a buddy cop movie, from a slacker to somebody, and where the good guy is really the bad guy kind of twist. Overall, predictable. Andy Garcia played the true bad guy as Detective Brolin wasn’t really intimidating enough, with a predictable good cop gone bad plot twist. The other villain in the movie is Mossi Kasic, played by James D’Arcy, who at first they try to make him intimidating, but how can they have a leader of the Russian Mob, not be Russian, let alone a Russian accent. Rob Riggle as a real cop, Officer Seagars, had to be the dumbest cop ever not knowing that these guys aren’t real cops.
The so so, Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. As fake cops Ryan O’Malley and Justin Miller (and for some unexplained reason he was called Officer Chang) had some chemistry together. I thought that Jake Johnson really made this movie as he was funny saying the random comedic quotes and acting like a fool in the whole movie, while Damon Wayans Jr. was definitely more of the sidekick of reason that made some of the funniest disgusted faces I have ever seen. However, with these two together, their comedy wasn’t enough for this really weak and dumb script.
What I liked, there were some pretty funny scenes, but what really made me laugh out loud was the scene where they arrest a Dominican gangster named Pupa, played by Keegan-Michael Key (who is part of my favorite sketch comedy show now, Key and Peele). Hearing Key speaking Spanish was freaking hilarious. He was definitely the few bright spots in this movie.
Overall, this movie was probably the dumbest this year, but it’s few comedic moments saved itself from becoming the worst movie of the year. In this movie many people can relate to the main characters about finding purpose in their lives, just don’t imitate in being cops. I hope this is only a speed bump for Damon Wayans Jr. and that he does have a bright future!!! Final Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars.
(Sidenote: Rob the Mob- A Bonnie and Clyde type of movie about a couple, played by Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda, who rob people from the mob of their money by going into their clubs where guns are not allowed and robbing them at gunpoint. The first half of this movie was funny and interesting, but the second half of the movie got a little boring for my liking. Director Raymond De Felitta creatively put together this movie that any person who loves Mob movies can enjoy. Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars.)