Bruce Willis in a cop movie? Hell yes. Add in Tracy Morgan, and the results are … unpredictable. “Cop Out” didn’t make much of an impact when it arrived in theaters earlier this year, but here’s your chance to rock out with your Glock out when the movie becomes available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download on July 20, 2010 from Warner Home Video.
Officers Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges have their weapons drawn on a gun-wielding killer. They agree to shoot on three. But, wait, does that mean 1…2…shoot or 1…2…3…then shoot? Punches hit hard and laughs hit harder (or is it the other way ’round?) when action star Bruce Willis and ace comic Tracy Morgan pair as bickering-but-got-your-back Brooklyn buddy cops. Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) directs the gritty, goofball goings-on as the guys hunt for a stolen 1952 mint-condition baseball card (Jimmy needs it to fund his daughter’s wedding), a hunt plunging them into a gunslinging war with a deadly drug ring. Batter up, fans. The boys are ready to take you out to the ol’ brawl game!
Originally called “A Couple of Dicks”, “Cop Out” is Kevin Smith’s first film where he directs, but doesn’t have a screenwriting credit. It’s also probably his most mainstream film to date, which means it’s also the film where he had the least control over. As it turns out, that’s not an entirely bad thing. You will never mistaken me for a Kevin Smith sycophant, so whereas many of Smith’s fanbase found “Cop Out” to be lacking, I thought it was his most accessible film yet. And yes, it’s also consistently hilarious, which I have to admit, was a surprise. It’s not perfect by any means, of course, but there are some real good laughs here.
Bruce Willis is Jimmy Monroe, a straight-laced cop and Tracy Morgan is Paul Hodges, his partner of 9 years. The plot involves Jimmy’s prized baseball card, which he plans to sell in order to pay for his daughter’s expensive wedding, lest his ex-wife’s dickhead new husband (a smarmy Jason Lee) takes all the credit. Unfortunately for Jimmy, before he can sell the card, it’s stolen by lowlife thief Dave (Seann William Scott), who absconds with the card and sells it to the murderous drug dealer (and baseball aficionado) Poh Boy (Guillermo Díaz). Jimmy and Paul must get the card back, pay for the wedding, put Poh Boy in jail, and try to keep Paul’s wife from screwing the neighbor. Later, a kidnapped Mexican woman enters the equation.
“Cop Out” is written by Robb and Mark Cullen (brothers, I assume), and in-between the predictable buddy cop cliches, there are some surprising laughs to be had, though I’ll admit, Paul’s obsession with his wife’s fidelity is amazingly unfunny and tedious. Faring much better is Seann William Scott, whose oddball thief is good for some laughs, and Paul’s off-the-cuff and seemingly stream-of-conscious thoughts offer up some real howlers. Rashida Jones, Ana de la Reguera, and Michelle Trachtenberg keep the film easy on the eyes when the poop jokes and bullets are flying. The film tries to balance comedy with some surprising violence, with Poh Boy in particular murdering his way through the movie.
“Cop Out” makes great use of its R-rating (for obscene language and violence, not to mention a huge dose of kindergarten-level humor), so sensitive ears beware. If you missed out on the film while it was in theaters, or were never inclined to watch “a Kevin Smith movie”, give “Cop Out” a shot. It’s Smith’s most digestible film to date, and I dare say, probably his funniest. Smith diehards will no doubt take offense to that last statement, I’m sure.
Blu-ray Combo Pack Review:
Movie Comedy Mode
3 hours. A one-man show with director Kevin Smith standing in front of a green screen, occasionally interrupting the movie with factoids, alternate takes of existing scenes, deleted scenes, and other goodies as the movie plays. Or as Smith puts it, the “straight poop”. Anyone who has listened to one of Smith’s rants or his one-man college campus shows know that the guy can talk forever and is usually very funny. I’ll be honest with you: “Cop Out” is worth it just to watch the film with Smith yukking it up in-between pop-ups.
Wisdom From the Shit Bandit
4 mins. Seann William Scott as Dave aka the Shit Bandit gives valuable (and not so valuable) advice. I think it’s supposed to be a parody of those “Saturday Night Live” Stuart Smalley or Deep Thoughts segments, but unfortunately it’s not very funny. Sorry, Seann.
21 mins. Various featurettes from the movie of varying sizes. FYI: Kevin Smith was glad the studio changed the title from “A Couple of Dicks” to “Cop Out”. Or so he claims. Nothing mind-blowing.