Movie review – Let’s Be Cops: Armed, dangerous and crude

2014-09-14 15:00

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They’re 30, they’re roommates and they’re fed up with life. But then failed football star Ryan (Jake Johnson) and struggling video game designer Justin (Damon Wayans Jr) decide to go to a fancy dress party dressed up as cops.

The attention they get far surpasses their lot in life, so the two friends keep the look, spurred on by wayward Ryan, whose unending schemes get them deeper into a web of the armed, dangerous and crude. To the refrain of “we are the law, bitch”, the two soon have no option but to man up.

It’s all fun and games until Ryan takes things too far. He buys a police car on eBay and persuades his friend to skip being a skivvy at work and come for a fun ride as cops.

The ride never stops, but the fun eventually does.

Of course, we know the plot. There’s a long line of buddy cop comedies that came before Let’s Be Cops with the same story.

What starts off as a way to get attention and admiration becomes a deadly encounter with the underworld, in this case the Mafia and a dirty detective.

This action comedy could easily pass off as a thriller if it weren’t for the well-timed jokes, apparently born from improvised skits played out between the two ­comedians who have worked together before.

It’s a reunion of sorts, as Johnson and Wayans worked together on the TV sitcom New Girl, and it looks like they had a blast bouncing off each ­other’s humour in the film.

But when the plot escalates, the jokes take a back seat and action takes the wheel.

The plot may be familiar, as well as the set-up of two opposite personalities, but the twist in the genre here is that these brothers aren’t cops at all. It drives a whole lot of fresh comedy and Let’s Be Cops manages to do what it is supposed to do: make people laugh.

Credit must be given to the two comedians for bringing hilarity to the fore – even with the crude scenes, and offensive blonde and racial jokes on the side. Thumbs up for cracking me up.

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