‘Let’s Be Cops‘ puts the fun into funny. ‘New Girl’ actors Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. team up with ‘Vampire Diaries’ vixen Nina Dobrev for the latest cop comedy. Men in uniform, plus Nina? Sign us up!
Jake Johnson, 36, and Damon Wayans Jr., 31, star as two beta males who dress up for a Halloween party, as cops, and then turn into “actual” cops, after realizing how much street cred they received from the donning the uniforms. Can the guys fool the critics or should the flick be put behind bars? Read on to find out if you should see Nina Dobrev‘s summer movie Let’s Be Cops in theaters!
‘Let’s Be Cops': Movie Reviews
“The mix of raucous buffoonery and violent mayhem isn’t exactly seamless, and the laugh-out-loud moments come with conspicuously less frequency during a third act that suggests a rough draft for “Bad Boys 3.” Still, “Let’s Be Cops” should generate solid late-summer box office, if only because of trailers and TV spots that smartly exploit the sporadically hilarious funny business in helmer Luke Greenfield’s farce about underachievers who boost their self-esteem by pretending to be LAPD patrolmen. Relatively restrained by the contemporary standards of R-rated raunch, the film could conceivably reach beyond its young-male target demographic during theatrical play and homescreen afterlife.”
“Those early montages of Johnson and Wayans breaking out of their shells by donning the outfits that give them the confidence to do so have a great comedic energy. These are two talented actors, and it looks like “Let’s Be Cops” is going to give them a chance to really find an audience they deserve with a breakout film.”
“In case you didn’t deduce it from the title, the film concerns two stumblebums who decide to impersonate policemen for kicks. They are 30-year-olds Ryan (Johnson), a former college gridiron star and mostly unemployed actor who spends his time barging in on children’s football games, and Justin (Wayans), a struggling video game designer.”
“There’s also the issue of bad timing. It’s impossible to watch “Let’s Be Cops” and its jokes about abuse of police power while the nation is dealing with recent events in Staten Island and Ferguson, Mo. A different movie — not a comedy — could analyze America’s obsession with gun culture, violent videogames and authority. That’s not the movie “Cops” director Luke Greenfield wanted to make, however, so these serious themes just lurk behind the attempted laughs.”
“More than anything else, the movie nails the friendship aspect between Ryan and Justin. There’s a good chemistry between the leads (the actors also star together on New Girl), and they each bring likeability and some dimension to characters that could have easily been cookie cutter.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Nina Dobrev will shine in the comedy? Let us know if you’ll be heading to the movies to see Lets Be Cops!