Sep 5, 2010

Cop Out Review

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Premise:
Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan are a stereotypical pair of buddy cops who both deal with personal issues (Morgan thinks his wife is cheating on him and Willis has to pay for his daughter's wedding), and business issues (the entire department thinks their a joke, and they're unorthodox manner of destroying things and causing a public nuisance while trying to solve crimes don't help!) The main conflict comes when Bruce Willis tries to sell a mint condition baseball card worth a huge heap of money but it gets stolen from him in a coincidental store robbery. Now the buddy cops have to get it back!


Standouts:
I know Nick feels differently, but personally, I wasn't a fan of Seann William Scott's character. I thought he was too juvenile, too over the top, and felt like he was putting too much into a character with no real significance. His character should have either been given more time to develop or Scott should have toned it down a notch. Other standouts include predictability in Tracy Morgan's conflict and a really lame ending for the primary villain of the film. You think the primary villain is going to get a respectable run only to be let down tasting anti-climactic bitterness.


My Highlights:




Overall Rating:
The predictability in areas where there shouldn't have been such, and the unpredictability when you needed logical closure really brought the film down for me, but it was still a lot of fun in areas. I give this film a respectable 3 *'s out of 5, or 6 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
It's not a movie to make an active effort to go out and see, but it's not a movie to make an active effort to avoid either. If you're over a friend's house and he's got in on, give it a watch and see how you feel, but don't be that friend who wasted a rental queue spot on it.

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