Sean William Scott
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.
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.
Extra Tidbit: So who else would like to see a MALLRATS sequel?