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COP OUT

SYNOPSIS:
Veteran (and divorced) NYPD cop Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis) wants to give his daughter the wedding she's always wanted - but the only way he can afford it is by selling his rare and valuable baseball card. When it's stolen from under his nose, he Jimmy recruits his police partner of nine years, Paul Hodges (Tracy Morgan) to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed, pot-smoking thief, Dave (Seann William Scott). But the chase draws them into the underworld of Mexican thugs and a lot more trouble than they bargained for.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
This lightweight cop buddy action comedy has two things going for it: Bruce Willis, who is much the same as he always is in tough guy roles, with the intensity turned down a notch. The other thing is occasional displays of humour. But the gaps are far and wide, and the tone swings wildly from goofy to deadly. The problem with the goofy is that it robs us of a chance to invest in the characters, most importantly that of police partner Paul Hodges, played as an insufferable idiot by Tracy Morgan. Neither does Seann William Scott's irritating antics deliver enough laughs to save it from being a clunky interruption.

The best part of the plot is the outline: Jimmy (Bruce Willis) has enough pride to want to foot the $48,000 bill for his daughter's wedding. Rather sell his cherished old baseball card than have his ex wife's new husband pay for it. Both are portrayed as shallow caricatures. Ana de la Reguera, on the other hand, grabs her small supporting role as Gabriela, a gorgeous Mexican gang insider and delivers the film's knock out performance. Not far behind is Kevin Pollak as one of the cops on the case, and Guillermo Diaz as bad boy Poh Boy.

The screenplay works in fits and starts, lurching from brief action scenes to sitcom routines between the buddies. A subplot involving Paul's intense jealousy gets utterly tedious, but when the action starts in the third act, at least we get to see some excitement. It's directed by Kevin Smith, although you wouldn't know it, from a script by Rob & Mark Cullen; maybe Smithy should have re-written it.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

COP OUT (MA)
(US, 2010)

CAST: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Cory Fernandez, Ana de la Reguera, Seann William Scott, Kevin Pollak, Adam Brody, Jason Lee

PRODUCER: Polly Cohen Johnsen, Marc Platt, Michael Tadross

DIRECTOR: Kevin Smith

SCRIPT: Rob & Mark Cullen

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Klein

EDITOR: Kevin Smith

MUSIC: Harold Faltermeyer

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Michael Shaw

RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 18, 2010







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