February 27, 2010

Cop Out - 2010

Director: Kevin Smith

Writers: Mark & Robb Cullen

Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Michelle Trachtenberg

Originally titled A Couple of Dicks (title change due to advertising issues), this film follows two New York cops, Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges (Willis & Morgan), as they search for a valuable baseball card stolen from Monroe by a parkour-talented thief (Scott), entangling them with local Hispanic gang activity along the way.

The critics are slaughtering Smith's latest work, and I personally can't fathom why. From the film's establishing shots of New York (set to the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn") to the twists and turns taken by the very Smithesque script written by the Cullen brothers (who previously worked with Smith on a pilot to a show called Manchild which I also recommend), there's not a disappointing moment to be had. Willis and Morgan's characters have a similar relationship of Randal and Dante (the titular clerks of two of Smith's other films); their antics are as far from dull as possible. The jokes have been called immature by others, to which I say that as long as they don't cross the line of poor taste, letting one's inner child die is a great shame. I'm breaking with the mainstream critics and calling this the most entertaining non-Oscar film of 2010 so far. Kudos to everyone involved for their stellar work.

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