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Lets Be Cops Review, A Comedy That Doesn’t Embrace it’s Concept

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Let’s Be Cops

Directed by: Luke Greenfield

Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, and Nina Dobrev

The one thing that I thought from this trailer was that it had an interesting concept but I thought it would be vanilla and safe. I like New Girl for what it is and the dynamic of the two leads is what brought me to this movie. This year has been an interesting year in comedy. Neighbors and 22 Jump Street both impressed at the box office but those are nothing stellar about them. Let’s Be Cops is another one that follows suit. For the most part I enjoyed what I was watching but it never impressed me. The comedy is the typical R-rated humor that is typically hit or miss with me. Comedy, like horror, is very subjective. Everyone has their own take on comedy and if it makes you laugh than it is successful for you. I thought 22 Jump Street accomplished what it set out to do but it felt like a bad sequel that recycled the plot but had a lot of good humor. Lets Be Cops is similar, in a sense.

Ryan Davis (Jake Johnson), a failed quarterback, and Justin Chang (Damon Wayans Jr.), a video game developer, attend their high school reunion, with a theme of a masquerade, dressed as cops. They begin to realize just how bad their lives have become. On their walk back to their apartment Ryan and Justin begin to notice that the people around them are intimidated by their uniforms. After a night of fun and debauchery Ryan gets the idea to impersonate cops so that they can cheat the system and gain more respect from those around them. Soon they begin to get out of control. One night they run into Officer  Seagars (Rob Riggle) which leads them into a conspiracy that involves a madman drug dealer. Soon they realize they are way over their heads leading them way farther down the rabbit hole than they were expecting.

There was a lot that I liked about this movie. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. are great together, they share a chemistry that worked well here and perfected suited the comedy at work. Jake Johnson seems to be playing Nick from New Girl but it seems to be what he is good at so I can’t complain. He is down on his luck and finds an opportunity to make his life into something new but that leads him into a bunch of uncontrollable situations. Damon Wayans Jr. is great as well and plays a tight ass who eventually changes his ways. Personally I feel that he is the most talented of his family and has a chance to have a well defined career. Outside of the comedy and the premise the movie is rather bland.

The core story isn’t anything new. The Other Guys, 21 Jump Street and The Heat tried to do something similar and they succeeded while on the other hand Let’s Be Cops fails on that level. It ends up going the route of every movie of this caliber. The movie doesn’t try to be new or try something different it goes down the road that every comedy like this does. You have two unexperienced cops wrapped up in some type of conspiracy that is completely out of their hands. The villains are one note drug dealers who’s only purpose is to do evil things and look evil nothing else. The only developed characters are the two leads and the others are just there to progress the story.

The biggest thing that bugged me was the fact that the third act felt like a completely different movie. I’ll even go as far and say that the third act is extremely well done and the first two felt like they had a set goal and just improvised it. The third act made the movie interesting and worth seeing. It brings the idea that the real thing that they’ve gotten themselves into is much scarier than anyone can imagine. There is one scene in particular that I would label as a great scene. It starts with Damon Wayans Jr. narrating about his video game telling them that he wanted the view to experience what the real thing felt like. During this we have a scene with Ryan, scared out of his mind, making his way to his apartment having just learned that the villains will stop at nothing to kill him. The way that this scene was shot and edited belonged in a completely different movie. It actually used the plot line to it’s potential and showed just what the director is capable of.

It’s too  bad that this and the third act really didn’t work in this movie. This movie had so much potential. The concept was funny but the execution was lacking. Even though I enjoyed the comedy side of this movie it is wholly uneven and feels like two completely different movies wrapped into one.

Grade: C-

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The Campaign between two comedians that try out do one another!

The Campaign

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zack Galifianakis, Dylan McDermott, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd

I have always liked the movies that Will Ferrell does, Anchorman is hilarious if not stupid and The Other Guys is by far his funniest work, so when the first trailer for The Campaign I was seriously excited. The final product is quite funny but not as funny as I was expecting, even with the presence of Zack Galifianakis. The movie never really found its flow, at 85 minutes the movie at times fells to long and somethings come off funnier than others. Will Ferrell’s performance is pretty much his impression of George Bush which at times is way too much for the movie and Zack Galifianakis’s comes off as if he is playing him like the character from Due Date, with the pugs and everything, and he doesn’t live up to his performance in either Hangover or Due Date. The highlight of the movie has to be Dylan McDermott which has to be the funniest I have seen him, since American Horror Story I’ve become to enjoy him as an actor. While the movie has it’s shortcomings it did manage to be more funny than some other Will Ferrell movie’s, he not only punches a baby in slow motion and everything he also punches Uggie the amazing dog from The Artist.

Two powerful CEOs pit a blundering congressman against an unlikely political newcomer in order to seize control of a crucial North Carolina district in this satirical political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. On the eve of an upcoming election, incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) makes a misstep that threatens to end his career in politics. Recognizing the opportunity to gain influence in the aftermath of the public gaffe, a pair of scheming CEOs handpick credulous tourism-center director Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) as Brady’s political rival, quickly shaping him into a viable candidate with the help of a seasoned campaign manager. As Election Day draws near, Brady and Huggins cast ethics aside to engage in the brand of hysterical mud-slinging that’s sent contemporary politics straight down the toilet.

The one major downside to the movie has to be the ending, though out the movie the characters become increasing ruthless but in the end the characters suddenly change their views in the politics and turns into something that I think doesn’t work to well with the movie itself. The characters are paper thin and have no development all that much but the movie was entertaining and humorous but doesn’t match what comes from Will Ferrell usually.

6.5 out of 10

I quit reporting about the box office number because nothing looked to outpace The Dark Knight Rises but this weekend is the first time a movie looks to be able to beat it. The Bourne Legacy may be a sequel to the Bourne Trilogy but it is lacking the main character which I feel is really going to make this movie a bit different from the rest. I have some hope for the movie but it never really sparked my interest like the other film, is it that Matt Damon is no long the lead I think so. It is going to be tough to tell if this movie is going to be any where close to the others. Another release this week is The Campaign which really sparked my interest since I tend to enjoy Will Ferrell comedies and this looks to follow in line with the rest of his movie. The Other Guys opened around the same time two years ago and I can see The Campaign replicating some of the same success. It is not going to be nearly as successful as as the surprise hit Ted that opened earlier this summer but I know it will be more successful then both That’s My Boy and The Watch, both were considered failures and both were R-rated comedies with big stars leading both movies. It looks to me that The Dark Knight Rises is not going to be as successful as it’s predecessor or The Avengers, which is sad since I thought it was a solid movie and probably the best of the summer. I don’t if the Aurora shooting had an effect or people just didn’t flock out to see this like The Dark Knight. I still see it at least making a billion dollars worldwide, more than the Dark Knight internationally but not domestically which i think will be close to 450-500 million. In my eyes The Dark Knight Rises is still a success and the second best movie in the trilogy, which is difficult to decide since it is such a fantastic trilogy with no weak links in the trilogy. This weekend is going to be a big one for me since I have to see Total Recall, Bourne Legacy, and The Campaign and it is hard to decide which one I’ll see during the weekend and what two I’ll see during the week. With summer coming to an end I would like to see what movie in August can make it big and which don’t (sorry Total Recall you are going into the bomb category following the likes of Battleship and John Carter).