Film Review – Let’s Be Cops (2014)


Title – Let’s Be Cops (2014)

Director – Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door)

Cast – Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Keegan Michael-Key, Andy Garcia

Plot – What do you do if you’re failing at life? If your mid-life crisis experiencing friends Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans Jr.) you become cops, fake cops and set about doing all manner of things from chatting up hot waitress Josie (Dobrev) and getting involved in cases against violent mobsters like Mossi (D’Arcy).

“I looks like somebody hit me in the face with Lil Wayne”

Review by Eddie on 10/03/2015

A man who has directed the Rob Schneider “comedy” The Animal and the even more awful The Girl Next Door doesn’t exactly instil confidence in the audience about to watch his newest big screen creation Let’s Be Cops, but thanks to some at times energetic and chemistry filled performances from leads Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., this comedy is always watchable despite its many varied downsides.

Plying their trade together on the hit TV show The New Girl, Johnson and Wayans Jr. have a clear affiliation together and it absolutely makes Let’s Be Cops more watchable. While the actual characters that Johnson and Wayans play are anything but original, they both do enough to make the deadbeat heroes of Ryan and Justin endearing enough to handle. Johnson gets the best lines as his Ryan is a fast talking man child that dreams big and achieves little while Wayans is a little more subdued as Justin but does get some of the films best moments involving an untypical burglary and a high tension party but many jokes within the film fall a little flat and after 30 minutes or so you get the feeling that the creators here didn’t exactly know how to take the seriously over the top story.

Let’s Be Cops over reaches in its story stakes, you get the feeling that if things remained more basic we could’ve actually had a lot more consistently funny scenes. The initial scenario of these deadbeats realising they can pass as cops is where the film has its brightest moments, we needed more of these random encounters and less generic love story involving Nina Dobrev’s Josie or cookie cutter bad man in the form of James D’Arcy’s Mossi and later on the slumming it Andy Garcia as Brolin. The film really losses steam after the opening stanza and the charms of what was happening quickly turn into an uninteresting story and when the film try’s to tell us some life lessons, the groans will begin.

At times a whole lot funnier than you would’ve thought but then again it becomes something we expected all along, Let’s Be Cops is absolutely watchable but far from highly recommendable. After a huge box office haul and some nice audience reaction however it looks likely that Let’s Be Cops will have a chance to rectify its issues in a sequel that will hopefully take note of what worked here and what totally tanked.

2 self-promotions out of 5

11 responses to “Film Review – Let’s Be Cops (2014)

  1. Nice review; I can’t say I found this particularly watchable myself despite my fondness for the two stars!

    • I found myself enjoying it for the first 30 – 40 mins then it went down hill pretty badly once it tried to delve into an actual story. I can sense these two doing more projects together however.

      • Yeah, it was intermittently enjoyable before they delved into the (pretty silly) plot. Those two definitely have a good chemistry.

  2. Nice review Eddie. I despised this movie so very much. Wish I liked it more, but such is the case when you have a comedy that just doesn’t make you laugh. Like. At. All.

    • Ha no good man, I would say that occurred for me after the first act or so in this film, I do think it could be an idea that works in a sequel with the right idea.

  3. So many reviewers just flat hated thus movie. It is refreshing to read one which acknowledges that there are actually stretches of this film that kind of work, even if calling it watchable is not exactly high praise. Thank you.

    • Yeh not everything here fails, when it works it’s quite entertaining. It’s a lot better than some of the other comedies I’ve seem lately although again not high praise.

  4. My son rented this on Apple TV and I watched it because it was a dreary, rainy day and I was bored. You are right, it was watchable, even though my eyes rolled a lot. And it did get preachy and was totally predictable. But it did make me laugh a lot more than I expected so not bad for a rainy, dreary day.

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