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March 2010

by Wilson Morales


Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Kevin Smith
Screenwriter: Robb Cullen, Marc Cullen
Cinematographer: David Klein
Composer: Harold Faltermeyer
Cast: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Guillermo Diaz, Seann William Scott, Kevin Pollack, Adam Brody, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jason Lee, Rashida Jones, and Ana de la Reguera
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Rating: R (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content)
Running Time: 1:47


The Bruce Willis-Tracy Morgan film 'Cop Out' has gotten a lot of hype, but there comes a time when some partnership don't translate well on screen. Such is the case with this comedy, which falls flat on almost every level, from the lame jokes, the throwaway villains, and a script that seems like a failed sitcom pilot.

Set in Brooklyn, New York, Jimmy Monroe (Willis) and his bumbling sidekick, Paul (Morgan), screw up a case in which their commanding officer has no choice but to sideline their badges without pay. With a daughter who's about to be married, Jimmy needs all the cash he can raise so his ex-wife's husband doesn't fund the wedding, making him look like a deadbeat dad. His only option is to sell off his most valued treasure, a rare baseball card that will net plenty of dough.

Meanwhile, Paul thinks his wife (Jones) may be having an affair with a neighbor, so he he sets up a nannycam in order to catch her in the act. When Jimmy is at a baseball card shop ready to make the sell, a thief (William Scott) comes in, manhandles Jimmy and takes the card.

Embarrassed at having been robbed, the duo sets out to make things right by tracking the thief and inadvertently get involved in another case that includes a Mexican gang, a missing car, and a drug dealer's girlfriend (de la Reguera).

While he's gain some prominence recently with the success of his TV show '30 Rock,' Morgan is simply not strong enough to carry a film, let alone be paired with Willis, who likely phoned in his performance.

For Willis, this isn't his first foray into comedy. Prior to igniting his film career as John McClain in the 'Die Hard' films, he was great as David Addison in the comedy-drama TV series 'Moonlighting,' but that was eons ago and clearly his funny bones are a bit rusty. His performance is banal at best.

Venturing into new territory is Smith, whose previous films -- including 'Clerks,' 'Chasing Amy,' 'Dogma,' and 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno' -- were indie hits. The problem is that he couldn't add his style in a script written by Robb and Mark Cullen.

Overall, you're better off watching Morgan on TV and waiting for Bruce to do the next 'Die Hard' than to spending time watching this disappointing comedy.