Director Kevin Smith was in the news recently for getting kicked off a Southwest flight because he was too fat to take up one seat. ¬†He was all over the entertainment shows and blogs and movie sites online for weeks. ¬†Remember when he used to get that kind of press because he made good movies? ¬†Yeah, I'm starting to forget those days too. ¬†Cop Out stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as detectives trying to bust up a Mexican drug ring in New York City. ¬†Does that sound cliche to you? ¬†I hope so because that's the intention of the movie. ¬†Cop Out was made with the purpose of being a walking-talking cliche of all the "Buddy Cop" action/comedy movies you've ever seen. ¬†Think Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys, and 48 Hours, but in this case it's directed by a guy who's used to making low-budget "d*ck'n'fart joke" comedies. ¬†The fact that it's a cliche is perfectly fine. ¬†That's not what's wrong with the movie. ¬†In fact, that's a very funny premise since it's such an easy genre to mock without making fun. ¬†The problem is that if you are going to do that you have to make the action, ass-kicking and the comedy, side-splitting. ¬†Cop Out was more on the funny side but far from side-splitting and lacked so much action it was downright boring. ¬†The film had scenes of pure hilarious moments followed by grueling dry spells of failed punchlines and awful improv. ¬†Sadly, that could be said for all of Kevin Smith's movies in the past decade; pretty sad for the guy who created Chasing Amy and Dogma. ¬†That might have been because Tracy Morgan isn't funny in large dosages and Bruce Willis is sentenced to play the "straight guy" to Morgan's dummy and that's a waste of good talent. ¬†Of course it doesn't help when you pepper in hackie performances from Smith alumni Jason Lee (Chasing Amy, Mallrats), the inexplicably famous Sean William Scott (American Pie) and a villain played by newcomer Guillermo Diaz, who's not bad but acts like he's either deaf, retarded or a deaf retard. ¬†There are those people out there that will go to see this and expect nothing new, clever or groundbreaking; and they will probably tell you that this movie is great. ¬†And you know, as long as you're okay with spending money on stuff like that, then to you it probably is. ¬†But if you want to see a movie that is the EXACT same film; that lampoons the cliche "Buddy Cop" action/comedy movie and not only does it perfectly, but pays perfect homage to the genre without mocking its genetic make up - go rent the 2007 Edgar Wright movie Hot Fuzz staring the brilliant Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek). ¬†I just wish Kevin Smith would've done that before making Cop Out so he could've picked up a few pointers.
Cop Out (Rated R)
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