2014 / Director. Luke Greenfield.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
There is very little love for LETS BE COPS in the film circles I move in and flags are raised whenever the "WAYANS" name is attached to a movie. These factors played to my advantage as I kept my expectation to minimum and ended up enjoying it for the most part. The premise of the film is basically HAROLD AND KUMAR meets every buddy cop movie ever made. Damon Wayans Jr and Jake Johnson play two losers whose lives have gone nowhere. While all of their friends have forged careers they still loaf around waiting for pipedreams to happen. When they are mistaken for cops while walking home from a costume party they feel the empowerment of authority and decide to carry on the charade to ridiculous extremes. The first half of the film plays out in an hilarious fashion and I was genuinely amused by their antics. Of course that's not to suggest that LETS BE COPS is a comedy masterpiece... it's far from it... but the dynamics of Wayans and Johnson is solid and their antics are heaps of fun. And I can't not mention British actor James D'arcy as the lead bad guy. He's fantastic and terrifying. And then the film kicks into overdrive in its second half. It becomes too serious for its own good and descends into a mess of confusion and ill-conceived genre set-ups. The Russian mob and corrupt law officers come into the mix and when things get serious for these two loafers the fun-well runs dry. With a few amusing moments in the later portions of the movie there is little else keeping it afloat until a nice little throwback moment during the credits, which leaves you with a little more pep. All of that said, I can't be too harsh on LETS BE COPS. It is what it is and you can't really expect greatness. If the poster and title don't forewarn you then it's on you for even tempting it.