When the end credits for "Cop Out" started to roll and the words "directed by Kevin Smith" graced the screen; I couldn't help but cry a little inside. As a strong supporter and fan of the man's work (I love "Chasing Amy", "Clerks", and "Dogma" to death); I'm used to seeing the words put as followed: written AND directed by Kevin Smith. Given that here, he's only doing the second thing; we now have an explanation for why the movie is so darn bad.
The film is being marketed as some sort of buddy/cop action-comedy; and so it is. You know, as long as you take out both the action and the comedy, and let's not forget the buddies. Look, I like these kinds of movies, I really do; but "Cop Out" can't even begin to measure up to such cop comedy classics as "Hot Fuzz" (a personal favorite of mine) as well as various other films within the sub-genre. Hell, even "The Other Guys" (a better, funnier version of this film; also from 2010) stops this one dead in its tracks. There are two ways in which a filmmaker can go about making a buddy cop film; and Smith chooses the path of the bumbling idiot with a movie camera.
So here's the gist of things: long-time cop partners Jimmy (Bruce Willis) and Paul (Tracey Morgan) have been working together for nine years, the former is attempting to come up with money for his daughter's expensive wedding, and all the while; they have been recently suspended from pay for unprofessional conduct while on duty. This means that they're in a bit of a crisis; Jimmy, in particular, won't get off easy. But he must not disappoint his kid; so he goes to sell a valuable baseball card to a buyer. While in the store, the joint is robbed by an amateur criminal named Dave (Seann William Scott), who takes off with Jimmy's card; rendering him helpless. This is where the "plot" kicks in.
After finding, interrogating, and successfully getting the proper information out of Dave; our dimwitted (but apparently oh-so-smart) cops discover that the bastard has already sold Jimmy's prized possession in exchange for drugs. They also get the name of the dealer; a man who goes by the street name of Poh Boy. He's a bit of a baseball fanatic; but his sights are set on bigger and better things at the moment. Soon, after being persistent, both Jimmy and Paul are caught in the middle of an ugly, violent drug war between the dealers, the cops, and a Spanish-speaking lady found in the trunk of a lost car (that apparently belonged to Poh Boy).
This is grade-A stupidity; but credit is due, and I shall respectively credit all who are responsible for this mess. Kevin, for taking the job as a director when he knows his skill is in writing (making his position as a director ONLY completely pointless); Mark and Rob Cullen for penning such a crude, witless script; and actors like Bruce Willis, Seann William Scott, and even Jason Lee for lowering themselves to something as over-the-top juvenile as this. Sure, I expect nothing less from Smith; but I've come to expect wit, and that's something that "Cop Out" hasn't a single trace of.
By definition, comedies are intended to provoke laughter. With "Cop Out", I didn't even need to count how many times I laughed; because the most I did was giggle, and that was for just a quick, single moment. Since the screenplay isn't well-written, and the dialogue is spectacularly un-Smithian (in the sense that it lacks insight, wit, or style); the film is reduced to a slew of cheap movie references, a few wasted performances, and above all, a wasted opportunity for Smith. I am told that the failure of "Cop Out" has been attributed to his constant on-set pot-smoking; encouraged by actor Seth Rogen when the two were collaborating on "Zack and Miri Make a Porno". As funny a movie as that was; damn you Rogen for opening such doors, because you've just cost Smith a lot of work, and a lot of ambition. Still, I have no doubt that if Smith returns yet again - but this time as both writer and director - he can improve on this unwatchable, impeccably brainless misfire. Love him or hate him; this is one Kevin Smith joint that you won't want to indulge in.
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