Cop Out fizzles out once the action scenes kick in. In fact, it might have been a better film had the action scenes been booted in favor of more time spent concentrating on the human elements. It also might have worked better had the two leads, Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, had even the tiniest bit of chemistry. They don't, and the film suffers for it.
The StoryBruce Willis and Tracy Morgan play NY police officers who've been partners for nine years. Jimmy (Willis) is the more sedate, level-headed one while Paul (Morgan) is more emotional, sentimental, and easily riled up. These are the comic book versions of cops, which is fine since Cop Out isn't trying to be Training Day. Suspended following the latest in an apparently lengthy list of bad decisions, Jimmy and Paul are forced into action in an unofficial capacity after Jimmy's prized baseball card is stolen while he's trying to sell it to pay for his only child's wedding.
After a pint-sized, underage trash-talking car thief points them in the right direction, Jimmy and Paul set off to retrieve the Mercedes. What follows is a series of misadventures involving car chases, a gorgeous mistress of a major Mexican drug lord who doesn't speak English, Seann William Scott (the funniest actor in the film) as a thief who practices Parkour, a teddy bear nanny cam, and other assorted silliness that serves no purpose other than to fill out the 100 minute running time.
The Bottom LineWe've reached the saturation point. 10 - 12 year old boys using foul language and cussing out adults is no longer funny. Maybe the first dozen times it was, but now - not so much. Now it's just annoying. And though Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis do gamely go about playing Paul and Jimmy, neither do anything special. Morgan's playing the same type of character he's become known for, and Willis is really just along for the ride.
Cop Out was directed by Kevin Smith, and has a Smith-ish vibe to it. But it's not smart, not sharply written, and the biting wit and off-color humor Smith's usually so good at delivering is unfortunately just not there. I say to opt out of seeing Cop Out.
Cop Out was directed by Kevin Smith and is rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violence and brief sexuality.