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Cop Out
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08.09.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Kevin Smith

Actors:
Bruce Willis
Tracy Morgan
Sean William Scott

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A couple of screw-up cops blow an undercover investigation that lands them a monthís suspension. Still, they quite literally get mixed up in another case when one of them has an eighty thousand dollar baseball card stolen that he was planning on selling to pay for his daughterís upcoming wedding.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Let me begin by saying Iím a Kevin Smith fan, but this mainly pertains to the films Smith wrote rather than simply directed. People gave Smith more shit over this film than Biff Tannen got dumped on him by that manure truck. On the one hand, I understand as this film was pretty damn terrible and an overall embarrassment for all those involved but in Smithís defence, he merely directed this crapfest. Now had he wrote it, Iíd be all for giving him hell but since he didnít, I simply shook my head sadly, unsure as to why he wanted anywhere near this thing. The title, originally A COUPLE OF DICKS (thereís still a wink or two in that direction written into the script), got changed to COP OUT which ironically sums up this film rather nicely.

I enjoy buddy cop movies that go part way action and part way comedy but this flick just wasnít that funny. The opening beat down in the interrogation room where Tracy Morganís spouting off nearly every famous film quote imaginable was tediously boring save for the shot at DIE HARD when he said, ďYippee ki-ay, motherf*ckerĒ to which Willis (whoíd been calling out the names of each film as he quoted them) says, ďI never saw that movie.Ē That much inspired a chuckle but it was sorely short lived. There was an odd laugh here and there afterward but nothing memorable or worth repeating.

The biggest flaw with this film (which Iím sure youíve heard or deduced by now) is Tracy Morgan. Now Iím all for ďtoken black guyĒ humour but this dude sucks. I donít watch 30 ROCK so this was my first time seeing him in action and I was less than impressed. His overacting was horrible and grated on my nerves to the point of anger. I didnít care for his character or his ďcheating wifeĒ obsession, not that the rest of the filmís characters were any better mind you. The boot police partners were ridiculous, the baseball obsessed villain atrocious and what a damn waste of time for Sean William Scott who really needs original roles that arenít Stiffler rip-offs and fast, if itís not too late already. Bruce Willis was no comfort either. He was totally on autopilot here and didnít seem to give two shits about where he was or what was going on.

COP OUT may very well have looked (ahem) semi-okay on paper but even then the dialogue should have thrown up a red flag or two (the overabundance of shit jokes stood out like a sore thumb). Smith should have been as adamant about touching up the script as he was about squeezing his buddy Jason Lee into the cast but such was not the case and itís a shame. That said, Iím still a Kevin Smith fan and look forward to his next picture (as long as he writes it), the guyís got talent and I donít think heís washed up just yet. This is debatable of course, but whatís not debatable is whether or not you should spend money on this movie. In case you havenít figured it out by now, you should not.
THE EXTRAS
Maximum Comedy Mode: Much like Zack Snyder did with THE WATCHMEN, Kevin Smith is here to do with COP OUT. Smith adds his own special humour here as this plays out like a commentary with deleted and extended scenes mixed in throughout. These scenes were more of the same but Iíll say this, having him and Sean William Scott jumping in here and there does add to the experience in a good way.

Wisdom from the Shit Bandit: Remember that SNL bit DEEP THOUGHTS? Well if so, itís just like that and if not, itís basically Sean William Scottís character feeding us insightful nuggets of wisdom (or so he believes). He looks like heís on the verge of cracking up most of the time and for the record I still have absolutely no clue why they call him the Shit Bandit.

There's also a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I personally enjoyed ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO and was hoping this was yet another dark humoured Smith vehicle. Itís not. I didnít care for it as a result and Iím assuming this was the case with most people who disliked it. Either way, itís a rental at best but Iíd simply wait until it hits TV.

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