Bon Cop Bad Cop (2006)
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There are moments in the movie that are shocking enough to make you squeeze your eyes shut, but the humour is retained all the way through.
Warning - I was part of a test audience. There were a lot of complaints about language and violence. I thought it was brilliantly done, however if you're sensitive to either, this movie may not be for you. I hope the film doesn't get changed because of the complaints. It is perfectly balanced as it is.
Patrick Huard succeeded in portraying his role as a light-hearted Quebecker and helped take the stress off of some events with his good sense of humor. Louis-José Houde played a small role but couldn't keep the audience from laughing. This movie is definitely a must-see, especially if you're a fan of Patrick Huard or Louis-José Houde!
Overall a great movie and I strongly recommend it!
"Bon Cop Bad Cop" is a sort of parody to "Lethal Weapon", exploring the rivalry in Canada between Quebec and Ontario and the passion of Canadians for hockey. The film is a hilarious police story, using the common clichés of two different cops that become partners but in very funny situations. In the deleted scenes there is one particular showing the two families together that should have been used in the final edition. I liked this film a lot, but I believe it is funnier for Canadians and fans of hockey. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Bon Cop Bad Cop"
There are some hilarious digs at hockey culture: the entire character of Harry Buttman being the most obvious; but it never descends into forced jokes or "strategic" set-ups a la Will Ferrell.
Though it is a very Quebec film, it deserves a wide audience.
The script drags and is perilously unfocused. The motivation for the Tattoo Killer is never revealed. After two hours of indulgent fist fights and chase scenes, I was at least expecting a twist in the end. Is the tattoo killer simply a crazed hockey fan or does he have a more specific reason for killing off elite members of the hockey community.
Overall, the film could have used better editing (way too many fight scenes, it just got boring) and a tighter script.
Clearly it must contain copious cultural references that bridge the language divide .. hockey! That's the ticket! Swearing; yeah, we'll add that too. But not just run of the mill English cusses; this movie must have French ones because, well, French swearing is funny. You know where all this would fit in well? A buddy cop movie! Yeah, we can't miss with that formula.
And so, the blender is set to high and the ingredients poured in. The end result is Bon Cop, Bad Cop, and in spite of all its clichés, stereotypes, telegraphed scenes and flimsy excuse for a plot, the film works on some base level that defies logic.
Starring the Shakespearean stage actor Colm Feore and Quebec star Patrick Huard as a quarreling Canuck version of Lethal Weapon's Riggs and Murtaugh, Bon Cop, Bad Cop throws virtually every hoary cliché imaginable at the theater screen. A victim is found dead straddling the Quebec/Ontario border sign, victims are killed with hockey sticks and skates to the head by a villain who wears goalie masks and dresses up as a beaver mascot. I swear the DVD extras will no doubt feature a poutine food fight that didn't make it into the final cut. If it doesn't, I bet producer Kevin Tierney is kicking himself reading this: "Jeeze! I didn't make a poutine reference! Damn!" In fact, I can count the number of clichés on one hand that DIDN'T make it into this movie.
I know I sound appalled by all this, but strangely, I left the theater having had a few (albeit guilty) chuckles, and a fairly good time. Huard and Feore actually work well together, and while I would have liked to see more attention paid to the plot, the overall formula (and make no mistake about it, this movie is ENTIRELY formula) works. In fact, I actually expect to see this movie spawn a sequel, irregardless of whether or not the film is able to hold its own at English Canada's box offices. Quebecers appear to love this movie. The screening I attended (at an English theater in Montreal) was packed like few Hollywood movies are able to these days. In this respect, I think the folks behind this movie have shown they're smart as foxes, knowing Quebec box office receipts should return a decent profit on their investment. If English Canada laps it up, it's just so much gravy on the poutine (hey, if they can use the clichés, so can I).
Note to everyone involved: if you plan giving this formula a kick at the sequel can, tone down the over-the-top aspects of the cultural and thematic stereotypes, give Huard and Feore a truly decent mystery to solve, and build on their newfound partnership instead of having them bicker over trivialities like who's going to speak what language where. If you do this you may actually have a franchise on your hands. Just one more thing, if you decide to bring back Rick Mercer, make sure Huard does the audience a favor and have him put a bullet though his head.
Even the effects and music don't save the movie. Don't waste your time going to watch it ! If you are interested in seeing a film that says something interesting about Quebec and the Quebecois, go watch "Montreal-Quebec", "La face cachee de la lune" or "Un crabe dans la tete".
And if you are into suspense and action movies just try another one.
Lot's of action for the guys!! Lots of beefcake for the girls!!
I will definitely see this movie again!!
This movie was unique mixing the French and English language along with the attitudes of both cultures.
Go and see this movie and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.
The plot worked because of the acting, which was excellent.
The French and English language only made the movie better and worth seeing.
I am waiting for the sequel.
The film takes a rather unsettling turn toward broad parody when it introduces Harry Buttman as the conniving Commissioner of a fictitious professional hockey league with a penchant for moving Canadian hockey teams to American markets. Buttman is a mini-lookalike of Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the NHL. Buttman, Bettman. Get it?? Golly, I can hardly stop from slapping my thigh either. Even the killer's motive (which I won't reveal here) borders on being so ludicrous it threatens to sink the otherwise solid dramatic elements of the story.
What gets lost in this mishmash of styles is a potentially pleasing film that, given the appeal of the main characters, could succeed, SHOULD succeed if only it knew what it was trying to say.
I think that excluding subtitles regardless of the part of the country is a mistake by the distributors.
Other than that? There are no mistakes. One hell of a fantastic movie.
See it!! ( I've seen it twice. In both PQ and ON )
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I'm proud of that film. It is for the first time a really exportable movie.
The plot is diverting enough. It unravels nicely to allow some amusing Hockey jokes, which will obviously have mass appeal across Canada. I'd advise viewers not to leave too quickly as the dream Canadian hockey announcement is made. The premise itself is believable enough not to affect the film.
It's just one of those movies that makes you feel pleasantly entertained with a good few laugh aloud jokes.
Not a "perfect" movie, as you might start wondering how certain elements of the plot came about or what happened to others (**minor spoiler** for example, was the marijuana only there for comic relief or was that a plot thread that wasn't tied up?), however "Bon Cop Bad Cop" is far superior to most of what Hollywood can produce. Even the action sequences weren't impossible martial art moves or cars leaping gigantic gaps in pavement, they were exactly what you would expect to happen in real life.
I hope this movie gets the recognition it deserves, as it is one of the best I've seen for a while. I can't wait for a sequel, and hope that the relationship threads left hanging are hints of more to come.
I was going to a french component of my review but the IMDb engine forbids it ... a shame !
To sum up the premise, a killer is on the loose, and when a body is found half in Ontario and half in Quebec (don't ask!) a cop from each province is assigned to work together. The scenes in Montreal take place mostly in French (with much swearing) and the ones in Toronto are in English. Patrick Huard and Colm Feore are brilliant together, and I really hope this becomes a series, much like the Lethal Weapon series. The serial killer's motives are a bit unrealistic, but it doesn't matter because the movie is so much fun. That's the only reason I took off 1 point- I didn't buy the motive. But it didn't matter, because I still (clearly) loved the movie.
And let me just say how much I love seeing Montreal on screen when it is actually portraying MONTREAL! Too often our fair city is used to represent places all over the world- it is so refreshing to recognize an area and- lo and behold- it is actually supposed to be THAT AREA. There is a scene that takes place at Spurs, a country-western bar near my work. I love watching the movie and going "hey, I know that place!" Other scenes took place on Mount Royal, on our highways, at the Old Port and more.
And for a Canadian movie on a Saturday night- the place was PACKED. It started at 9:50pm, we got there at 9:45pm and barely found seats. People were coming in all through the previews and had to split up. Most of the audience was French but I really hope this movie finds a foothold with English audiences too, because it really was great.