By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
The partnership of Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan won’t go down as one of the great pairings in cinematic history.
But they and the audience have some fun in “Cop Out.”
I’d read horrible reviews about this movie, so expectations were low. That’s a good thing because it let’s Morgan be Morgan, and he’s a funny guy. And Willis has perfected the tough-as-nails straight man persona.
Willis plays Jimmy Monroe, a detective who’s about to sell an extremely rare baseball card so he can pay for his daughter’s wedding. Instead, he gets mugged by Dave (Seann William Scott).
Jimmy and his partner, Paul (Morgan), go after the card. Before you can say plot development, they’re mixed up with a brutal Mexican gang.
A lot of little things don’t make sense in this movie, which would matter if you had high expectations for “Cop Out.”
With low expectations, you’re free to enjoy the witty put-downs that Paul and Jimmy share with their fellow detectives (Kevin Pollak and Adam Brody).
Scott adds laughs from the back seat of Jimmy and Paul’s police car, and you don’t have to worry about police brutality or potential lawsuits that might concern other movies. The officers are free to smack and drag him around, all for your amusement.
Yes, on some level, “Cop Out” is a mixed up mess of a movie. Let’s give credit for that to the writers, Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen.
But the writers get help from their actors, who refuse to slip into their characters’ skins. Instead, there’s Morgan goofing around on the screen, and Willis trying hard not to smile through his scowl.
It’s a loose, tongue-in-cheek movie, and contrary to reports, it’s not horrible.
I give “Cop Out” a C plus. If I’d seen it on a rainy, miserable day, it might’ve warranted a B minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
Kelli Karlson with Wizard106.7 gives “Cop Out” a B.
“It’s funnier than I expected. If you’re already seen “It’s Complicated” go see this.”
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