Police Officer Alex Kearney works in a rich, plush suburb of Philadelphia. When he stops an important businessman and his story of the incident is not believed, he is sent to work Downtown,...
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Police Officer Alex Kearney works in a rich, plush suburb of Philadelphia. When he stops an important businessman and his story of the incident is not believed, he is sent to work Downtown, the most dangerous, crime-filled precinct in the city. Everyone there is sure that this 'by the book', pampered, suburban cop is going to get himself, and whoever is assigned as his partner, killed. Detective Dennis Curren, draws the unfortunate 'babysitting' assignment. But when Alex's best friend is killed investigating a stolen car, Alex throws the book out the window tracking down the killer.Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
Forest Whitaker and Anthony Edwards had minor roles in " Fast Times at Ridgemont High". See more »
When Alex says "Get off here!" at the exit for the Bryn Meyer Suburbs, they are definitely on a major multiple lane highway, but when Dennis takes the exit, it shows them on a side road. See more »
A fuck-up. Another goddamn, four-star, class-A fuck-up! Every backward candy-ass shit-for-brains fuck-up in the city, I get 'em. Not Wynnefield, not South Philly, not Germantown, me!
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This is a good movie, it looks and sounds good, has good action and acting, good characters and story... it's a good movie.
But, it's not a standout movie. It's too much like the movies that paved the way towards this being made.
It's Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, and 48hrs.
It's a buddy cop, fish outta water, and culture clash.
It has the loud police chief, the reluctant partner, and the class divide.
It's an action, thriller, and comedy.
Sometimes serious, sometimes not.
The problem is it doesn't reach anywhere near the heights of any of its predecessors, and it actually struggles to pull everything together. The balance of comedy and thriller is just off, it's goofy one moment and throat-slashing serious the next. Edwards and Whitaker are both good actors, but neither one is funny enough to carry the humor or convincing enough when the guns come out.
It's not a classic but, it's a good movie.
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