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Stars: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, Tom Mardirosian, Natasha Leggero | Written by Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas | Directed by Luke Greenfield
There are few things as quietly distressing and disappointing to the film fan as seeing people you like and admire feature in movies that are total turd. Such is the case with Let’s Be Cops. I really like Jake Johnson. If you read my Frightfest review of Creep you’ll probably have noticed that I spent about a third of that gushing about Safety Not Guaranteed, the Johnson-starring offbeat dramedy in which he is really good as a louche journalist. He is also really good in New Girl. So good, in fact, that he pretty much carried the show for the first half season it takes to get used to how annoying Zooey Deschanel is in it. »
- Jack Kirby
★☆☆☆☆It's hardly an ideal time to be marketing a film in which two average Joes abuse the civil justice system by imitating Us police officers. With the tragic fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri still very much in the news, Luke Greenfield's gross-out buddy comedy Let's Be Cops (2014) now finds itself in the unenviable position of having to make law enforcement officials - or those willing to impersonate them at least - humorous again. Not only does Greenfield's barrel-scrapping head-banger fail to illicit enough laughs from those who consider themselves post-pubescent to warrant the 'comedy' tag, but it's also one of the most morose and insensitive mainstream releases of the year thus far. »
- CineVue UK
Director: Luke Greenfield; Screenwriters: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas; Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr, Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, James D'Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15
The arrival of Let's Be Cops, a comedy about two no-hopers who don uniforms, buy a used squad car off eBay and pose as police (hijinks naturally ensue), could not feel more ill-timed considering it comes in the same month as the fatal shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civil unrest. With blanket media coverage questioning the competency and culpability of police, do we really need to be seeing a film that treats the job as a lark? Does anybody really aspire to be a police offer right now?
Awkward timing, however, doesn't really disguise the fact that Let's Be Cops is an absolute stinker from start to finish. If the Jump Street movies are shining examples of how to successfully »
In a summer that seems to be lacking in truly great, original comedies, Let’s Be Cops certainly has the potential to break the mould and offer something a little different. With a host of great weapons in its arsenal, including two rising stars in Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson, we also see them joined by the talented leading lady Nina Dobrev, and a revered Andy Garcia as the film’s chief antagonist. The premise itself is the stuff of comedy gold – two ne’er-do-wells from Los Angeles dress up like cops and use the power that comes along with the position to do everything from smoking marijuana in public, getting into trendy night clubs, and turn the tables on those who’ve wronged them in the past. But halfway through this film, it simply becomes all too familiar.
Jake Johnson is Ryan, a disgraced former college football star »
- Damen Norton
Director: Luke Greenfield.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Synopsis: Two friends attend a costume party as cops and quickly realise they can pass for the real thing. After a few pranks they soon become involved in a serious and dangerous case.
Let’S Be Cops is a one joke movie, luckily it happens to be a very funny joke. With Johnson and Wayans Jr. coming fresh from a few successful years on hit TV show New Girl (granted Wayans Jr. has been more of a guest star), it’s time for these two funnymen to break into the big and beautiful world of movies. Although Let’S Be Cops is far from perfect, it’s a simplistic film that allows the two stars to demonstrate what they are capable of.
Two people impersonating cops »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In the moviegoer’s hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 “Expendables” is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of “Tokyo Story.” Or, to put it in terms more appropriate to its target audience: You need “The Expendables 3” like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. From train-crashing start to back-slapping finish, Lionsgate’s latest and longest showcase for Sylvester Stallone and other aging slabs of B-movie beef — the marquee names this time around include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford — smacks of desperation and teen-audience pandering, from the literally bloodless action to the introduction of a younger, hotter backup team of fighters (call them the Hip Replacements). It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to keep the beleaguered series going, when it would »
- Variety Staff
“Let's Be Cops” may be the summer's next R-rated comedy hit — providing ticket buyers completely disregard the critics pumping it full of lead. The 20th Century Fox release starring Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) and Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings”) as two Los Angeles losers who pretend to be cops after dressing up for a party has been nearly universally panned in reviews summing it up as, simply, not that funny. Also read: ‘Let's Be Cops’ Opens With Strong $5.2 Million at Box Office Director Luke Greenfield‘s comedy he co-wrote with screenwriter Nicholas Thomas has accumulated a 9 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten. »
- Greg Gilman
This was just a bad idea. Don't get me wrong… Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Keegan Michael Key, and Damon Wayans Jr. are all genuinely funny people, and when you put that many funny people together, there are going to be funny moments. I certainly laughed a few times during "Let's Be Cops," and as far as actual film craft goes, it's perfectly serviceable. But if anything counts in comedy, it's timing, and right now is not the time to make a movie about how easy it is to abuse the privileges that come with wearing a police uniform. I'm not just talking about this week's horrifying events in Ferguson, Missouri, either, although I'm sure everyone at Fox is mortified. This is the second time in recent memory that they've released a comedy at the exact wrong moment, with "The Watch" rolling into theaters just as the Treyvon Martin conversation was at its most heated. »
- Drew McWeeny
Are New Girl costars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. just as magical on the big screen? Not quite, according to reviews. In Let's Be Cops, Ryan and Justin are longtime friends, who realize the power and status that comes with being a cop, after dressing up as police officers for a costume party. The buddies take full advantage of the situation and begin to use their fake badges to fight crime…until their hijinks land them in some hot water. Despite a comical premise and a topless scene from The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, critics seem to agree that the Luke Greenfield-directed film for the most part falls flat and leaves viewers longing for much more. Take a look at what they had »
As the director of 2004’s “The Girl Next Door” and a producer on “Role Models” four years later, Luke Greenfield has shown a talent for finding heart in his comedy. His latest film, “Let’s Be Cops,” pairs Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as roommates who find that impersonating police officers has its benefits — and dangers. Jake and Damon both star on “New Girl”; did that have anything to do with their casting? Not at all; we shot this movie a year ago and I was deep in postproduction before I even found out about the connection. Now people say, ‘Oh, you’re doing ‘The New Girl’ Movie!” Jake came in and just blew me away. Then I met Damon and had no idea they even knew each other. But they have such an amazing chemistry, onscreen and off. Is it true this film is written from personal experience »
- Jenelle Riley
Between the Ferguson, Missouri, police shootings, Lauren Bacall’s death and Robin Williams’s suicide, this has been a particularly painful week to endure. Its gloomy times like these where we could collectively use some comedy to abate the sadness. And so in desperate need of a remedy we turn to Hollywood’s latest comic offering, Let’s Be Cops. There is laughter to be found here, unfortunately that laughter is buried under a towering mountain of rampant misogyny, homophobia and poop humor. In other words, if you like your movies in which two males treat women poorly, mock homosexuality and repeatedly slap each other in the face, this film is for you. From moment one Luke Greenfield’s regressive trifle feels dated — culturally, politically, cinematically. We open with the Backstreet Boys pop hit “I Want It That Way,” which would be slightly amusing if This Is The End didn’t exist. But »
- Sam Fragoso
Let’s Be Cops, 2014.
Directed by Luke Greenfield.
Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
I am told that our pretend cop co-stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. have some incredible comedic chemistry together on the hit sitcom New Girl, and after watching Let’s Be Cops that is a statement I am inclined to believe. Simply put, their camaraderie is the only thing holding the film together from crumbling down into a total disaster. The core of those problems come from director and writer Luke Greenfield, a.k.a. the talentless schmuck that directed The Animal starring Rob Schneider. »
- Robert Kojder
Chicago – The premise is sound, but the new film “Let’s Be Cops” refuses to do something original with the premise of a couple of regular Joes pretending to be Johnny Law. The same stale jokes and inevitable need for heroic action climax overwhelms the mild amusement of it all.
Jokes about horny boys, marijuana, horny ladies, mistaken identities and obsession with ridiculous minutiae – like having the boys involved in a “case” – limit the enjoyment of the two lead actors. Damon Wayans Jr. handles smart comedy much better than the physical or character variety, and is miscast, and his partner Jake Johnson practically sweats blood to deliver the scenario, going off in directions that quite frankly would have him spend jail time in the real world. Will there be a wacky arrest that the fakers have to do? Yes, and it will be extreme, though bizarrely funny. In essence, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Let’s Be Cops marks director Luke Greenfield’s (The Girl Next Door) return to hard R-rated comedy after the mellower PG-13 affair Something Borrowed. The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster. Rob Riggle joins them in their adventures as a straight-laced real cop who can’t quite make heads or tails of the unlikely duo’s partnership I recently had the chance to sit down with the trio to discuss the film and the somewhat surprising revelation that Riggle essentially plays the straight man in this movie. We also talked about Johnson and Wayans’ New Girl chemistry and Johnson’s appearance in the upcoming Jurassic World. Hit the jump for the Let’s Be »
- Evan Dickson
The mix of raucous buffoonery and violent mayhem isn’t exactly seamless, and the laugh-out-loud moments come with conspicuously less frequency during a third act that suggests a rough draft for “Bad Boys 3.” Still, “Let’s Be Cops” should generate solid late-summer box office, if only because of trailers and TV spots that smartly exploit the sporadically hilarious funny business in helmer Luke Greenfield’s farce about underachievers who boost their self-esteem by pretending to be Lapd patrolmen. Relatively restrained by the contemporary standards of R-rated raunch, the film could conceivably reach beyond its young-male target demographic during theatrical play and homescreen afterlife.
Employing a premise that was played far more seriously in Canadian filmmaker David Wellington’s 1993 feature, “I Love a Man in Uniform,” Greenfield and co-scripter Nicholas Thomas briskly establish the discontent of their two leads in the opening scenes. Ryan (Jake Johnson of TV’s “New Girl »
- Joe Leydon
From the title alone, "Let's Be Cops" makes it clear its ambitious are slight, with the comedy not asking much of the audience except to sit back and let the premise of two guys pretending to be police officers go wild. But any goodwill will likely depend on how much they can tolerate a production this lazy. Not resembling a movie as much as a series of loosely connected skits that eventually cohere into something resembling a motion picture, filled with a handful of odd continuity issues, dangling plot threads, and most importantly, the problem of being deeply unfunny, 'Let's Be Cops' is a fine example of what happens when filmmakers rely too heavily on the potential chemistry of the cast, rather than giving actors something decent on the page to work with. Luke Greenfield, who has quickly lost whatever credit he had for directing the better-than-it-should-have-been "The »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chicago – When the assignment was to find a comedy team to take on impersonating police officers, funny men Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. – of the TV series “New Girl” – fit the uniforms perfectly for the new film, “Let’s Be Cops.” Add in the always hilarious Rob Riggle, and let the games begin.
Riggle is a well known comic character presence on “The Daily Show” and films like “The Hangover,” “21 Jump Street,” “Big Miracle” and the upcoming “Dumb and Dumber To.” Riggle is also famous for having served in the Marines and Marine Reserves for a total of 23 years – retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel – and began his comedy career after his first military stint.
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
If making comedies was a 100-metre dash, Let’s Be Cops would be the gold medalist. The title alone tells you everything you need to know about both the premise – wherein a pair of civilian losers don a badge and gun for the fun of it – and the amount of effort put into making the actual film. It’s easy to imagine stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson, who have great chemistry on the sitcom New Girl, deciding to do a movie together, regardless of if they have a director, script, or even an idea for a feature. The two just goofing around in silly costumes for an hour and change ought to be enough, right? Let’s Be Cops also sets a land speed record for time between opening shot and the “what happened to us, man?” speech (by my estimate: 15 seconds) needed to kick off a story of uncertain identity. »
- Sam Woolf
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “Let’s Be Cops” starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson from the director of “The Girl Next Door”!
“Let’s Be Cops,” which is rated “R” and opens on Aug. 13, 2014, also stars Andy Garcia, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie and Tom Mardirosian from writer and director Luke Greenfield and writer Nicholas Thomas. Note: You must be 17+ to win this Hookup and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free “Let’s Be Cops” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Who needs critics when you’ve got Twitter?
20th Century Fox is pulling upbeat bon mots from Twitter about “Let’s Be Cops” — the goofy buddy-cop comedy picture that bows Aug. 13 — into TV ads shortly after the tweets are posted.
The studio is working with social-media marketing firm Wayin to integrate social content in “near real-time” into 15- and 30-second spots across nine TV networks during the campaign, which runs Aug. 6-15. The Twitter comments scroll through the ads, reminiscent of film-critic blurbs that have been a staple of movie advertising for generations.
“It was clear early on that fans were turning to Twitter to show their excitement for ‘Let’s Be Cops,’” said Marc Weinstock, president of domestic theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox. “We wanted to create a new way to amplify this anticipation, engage fans and make them a compelling part of the conversation.” (Although it’s »
- Todd Spangler
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