I went into Let’s Be Cops with an open mind. I had heard some negative feedback from various reviewers, but I couldn’t deny I laughed several times in the trailer. Though I’m not a fan of New Girl, I can admit Jake Johnson is the best part of it, and Damon Wayans, Jr. comes from a great comedy pedigree, so I figured it was worth a shot. After all, I was surprised by the 21 Jump Street Franchise.
Did Let’s Be Cops live up to the trailer or did it fall flat as the reviewers suggested? Yes on both counts!
Let’s Be Cops is a film about friends, Ryan & Justin, who move to Los Angeles to “make it.” Ryan, an oddly confident man-boy, struggling to get by, and Justin a passive, under-appreciated video game designer working for Taco from TV’s The League. Upon mistaking their 15 year reunion masquerade ball for a costume party, the two show up in police uniforms to much ridicule. Once they leave however, they notice their uniforms are garnering them an amount of control and respect they haven’t had up to this point in their lives. They feel empowered for the first time. It is this feeling that becomes the guiding principle that leads them to say, “Dude, Let’s be cops!” What follows is an increasingly predictable story, entertaining banter and crass comedy that ultimately didn’t live up to my expectations.
Don’t get me wrong, Wayans and Johnson have good chemistry. Much of their banter back and forth was highly entertaining, and made even better when Keegan Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street) got in the mix. Unfortunately, much of the dialogue banks on profanity and sex to hit the mark, and though you might laugh out of discomfort, much of it is nothing more than juvenile comedy. In the end, Let’s Be Cops delivers funny characters and entertaining comedy moments that you’ll likely forget by the time you get home from the theater.
Though I laughed a few times, the overall crassness of this movie overshadowed the comedy at every turn making it difficult to suggest to anyone.
Let’s Be Cops has a great premise that makes you think: “What would I do in that situation?” It wastes it on an all to predictable story however. For more information on the content of this film check the links below.