A great philosopher once said, “”With great power comes great responsibility.” This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spider-man.” That person was Tobey Maguire. Believe it or not, he’s not really Spider-Man. He’s just a dude, that’s playing another dude (Peter Parker), whose playing another dude (Spider-Man) that swings from wrist ejaculate. What I’m saying is that Peter Parker is average at best, but put on that uniform and the ladies come knocking. Oh, and of course, the responsibility.
Just like Spider-Man, Let’s Be Cops gives you a very high-level synopsis right in the title. It starts with two best friends, played by Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., who are having a heck of a time living in L.A. Things haven’t exactly worked out for them, but that all changes when they decide to go to a costume party as police officers. What they don’t anticipate is all the attention from the ladies. Women apparently love a man in uniform, but with the uniform comes power. The snowball effect that follows starts off as innocent fun and turns into full-on abuse of the badge. Eventually, this leads them to getting caught up in real-life crime stopping.
Jake Johnson continues his streak of being one of the most likable actors around right now, comedic or otherwise. Damon Wayans Jr. compliments Johnson well, even while he pulls out a solid performance on his own. Together these guys have obvious chemistry and make an otherwise below average film very enjoyable. Director Luke Greenfield probably does not jump out at you, but he directed The Girl Next Door which I really like. I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the shaky-cam stuff during the action sequences, but I just do not like shaky-cam in general. Then again, does anyone like shaky-cam at this point?
Most of the side characters are fun, and at the least keep things interesting such as the great Rob Riggle (spoiler – he plays a cop). My favorite secondary misfit character is Natasha Leggero, who plays a very small part that I could see be expanded if this film were to do well enough to warrant a sequel. Let’s Be Cops is packaged as a different take on buddy cop films, but eventually it settles into much of the same formula we’ve seen before. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. It’s a fun film that isn’t trying to be more than what it is – Two dudes, pretending to be cops.
The Good: Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. expanding their partnership beyond New Girl. Hopefully, we can see them expand their on screen friendship even further.
The Bad: It’s not necessarily bad in my eyes, but the film is pretty silly. Also, I stayed away from the trailer before watching the film, and you should have too. Like all comedic trailers these days, it spoils a lot of punchlines.
The Ugly: I didn’t really enjoy the sort of homage/rip-off of the Borat naked fat guy bit. I mean, it’s pretty blatant. Just saying.