Review

“Let's be Cops” stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jnr (both from TVs “New Girl”) as two losers who've moved to LA looking to make it big. Ryan (Johnson) is a failed college footballer whilst his best friend and roommate Justin (Wayans Jnr) is a video games designer who has a bit of an inferiority complex.

It's now getting close to the first anniversary of their move to LA and both have a pact that if they haven't made it by the years end then they will move back to Ohio.

Justin has one last chance to make it big and is looking to try and sell his Cops v Zombies video game idea to his bosses. Unfortunately his pitch is brutally shot down by his supervisor and he's laughed out of the room. As part of his pitch Justin just happened to have bought two authentic LAPD uniforms and not wanting them to go to waste our inept pair decide to wear them to a fancy dress party they are attending that night.

Once in their uniforms the pair find that they are elevated from idiots with nothing to idiots with power. They find that strangers now respect them, they get free food, they can boss people around and the really big bonus, they become a magnet for the opposite sex.

Ryan, who is slightly more insane than Justin then decides to up the ante and he buys an ex-cop car from eBay. He then manages to talk Justin, who is initially against the idea, into blue lighting it to calls before the real police arrive, the only criteria for going to someone's aid it’s got to be hot chicks that are in trouble. Needless to say the pair go to someone's help and end up crossing the wrong people and find themselves targeted by the Eastern European mafia led by a stereotypical euro mobster (James D'Arcy).

“Let's Be Cops” is an easy going buddy-cop movie that's not without its charm, it does sometimes feel like a poor mans “Bad Boys” as the pair bicker and fight with each other at every opportunity. Let's Be Cops is probably at its best when it's trying to be an action movie as opposed to an out an out comedy. It would be easy to rip “Let's Be Cops” to bits, it is preposterous and it's hard to believe that anyone could do anything as stupid and manage to get away with it. However you have to remember that this is an escapist piece of nonsense that's not meant to be taken seriously. It might not be up there with this year’s “22 Jump Street”, another film where two idiots are cops, but for fun value it just about hits the mark.



Let's Be Cops (15)

1h 44m

Director: Luke Greenfield
Starring: Damon Wayans Jr, Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Andy Garcia

UK Release: Wednesday 27th August 2014





Let's Be Cops - "Isn't So Illegal" Clip

Let's Be Cops - "Not A Cop" Clip

Let's Be Cops - "Freeze" Clip

Let's Be Cops - "Controlling The Suituation" Clip