Movie Review: Cop Out

Movie Review: Cop Out

Cop Out

Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violence
and brief sexuality.
Running Time: 1 Hour 47 minutes

Two longtime NYPD partners are on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card. But, things become somewhat complicated when they discover the card is in the possession of a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Jimmy is a veteran detective whose missing collectible card is his only hope to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding. Meanwhile, Paul, his “partner-against-crime” is preoccupied with his wife’s alleged infidelity. As a result, that makes it somewhat hard for him to keep his eye on the ball.

A Trash-tastic Movie!

Okay, so we knew going in, Cop Out would be far from the family-friendly arena. After all, it is Rated R. However, we like Bruce Willis and he did not let us down in his role as Jimmy. This is really best described as a “trash-tastic” movie. At least that’s what someone else called it and I must say I agree. Cop Out is pretty trashy when it comes to language. But in the long run, there are some very funny moments in this Rated R comedy.

While this is not one of his strongest movies, Bruce Willis certainly carries Cop Out through what can best be described as an up and down movie. The storyline is at times disjointed as the writers worked hard to weave comedy into a bad guy movie. Cop Out really falls somewhere between the shoot up comedy of Die Hard and a serious Law & Order episode looking at the problem of drugs and gangs in New York City. While a number of characters come and go throughout the flick, if it weren’t for Willis, Cop Out would be a total waste of time.

I must admit we really did wonder what would make this apparent cops and robbers movie a comedy. Yes, the trailers are funny, but if it’s a comedy with Bruce Willis, why the R rating. We thought there would be lots of gunfire and shoot ’em up type scenes with blood and gore. But, such is not the case. While there is violence throughout the movie, this is Rated R for the language and content. The opening scene is full of language so you know right out of the gate what’s coming up. While we really don’t like a movie full of trash talk, as mentioned above, Bruce Willis is funny which pretty much puts this into the “turn your mind off” category for a movie. Just have some good laughs along the way.

A Long Way From Moonlighting

He started out Moonlighting as private eye David Addison in the 1980’s. Now Bruce Willis has greatly matured as an actor and plays this role as New York City Detective quite well. We’ve always liked Willis’ acting style and he does not let us down in Cop Out. Many people do not like his co-star, Tracy Morgan, in this movie. But, if you like Willis, simply look beyond Morgan’s shaky over-reaching performance and enjoy the laid back style that shines from Bruce Willis.

All in all, Cop Out is a funny movie. However, some of the comedy is rather trashy. But, when you look beyond that, there’s enough fun comedy here that makes the movie work quite well. Yes, some of the humor is low-brow and goes for the quick laugh. However, on the other hand, there’s a lot of great humor genius here too. Clocking in at close to 2 hours, Cop Out is a little on the long side. With some precise editing a trimmed down version of an and a half would have been much better.

We laughed out loud during Cop Out, we enjoyed Bruce Willis and we kind of liked the movie. But, is it worth the cost of admission to see it on the big screen? Probably not. Cop Out is best described as a “Wait for the DVD” movie.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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