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Let's Be Cops (2014)

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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.


Luke Greenfield
4,055 ( 268)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Johnson ... Ryan
Damon Wayans Jr. ... Justin
Rob Riggle ... Segars
Nina Dobrev ... Josie
James D'Arcy ... Mossi
Keegan-Michael Key ... Pupa
Andy Garcia ... Brolin
Jonathan Lajoie ... Todd Cutter (as Jon Lajoie)
Tom Mardirosian ... Georgie
Natasha Leggero ... Annie
Rebecca Koon ... Lydia
Joshua Ormond Joshua Ormond ... Little Joey
L. Warren Young ... Jackson
Nelson Bonilla ... Pasha
Brian Oerly ... Goran


It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they 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. Written by 20th Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fake Cops. Real Trouble.


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Jonathan Lajoie, Rob Riggle and Keegan-Michael Key, who are all stand-up comedians, improvised a lot of their dialogue. See more »


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Crazy Credits

Director Luke Greenfield is listed in the end credits as "Insanely Handsome Police Tech". See more »


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Funny for now. . .
26 October 2014 | by jacob-m-ford97See all my reviews

As you walk in the theater to watch "Let's Be Cops" you have to have a little bit of understanding what movie you just paid to fill up 100 minutes of your life. This is a dumb movie made in a cheap way that is intended to be dumb and cheap. I went in to see this movie with those expectations and as a result I was fairly entertained for the time I was sitting in that seat. To begin with "Let's Be Cops" has an absurd premise: two loser guys dress up as police officers for a costume party, and because the earth is apparently populated with people who have elementary levels of intelligence, the citizens of Los Angeles believe that they are legitimate officers of the law. In the most ridiculous and illegal ways they decide to use this to have some fun, get some girls, and get away with whatever the heck they want. But since this is a motion picture, their partying does come to stab them in the back as they get involved with a mafia- style gang, which is where we get the meat of the story.

"New Girl" co-stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. reteam for this film as Ryan and Justin: two of the biggest losers ever put onto the big screen. Their performances were good, granted the fact that absurd comedy is perhaps the easiest to do well in a film. Johnson specifically took on the role of a loser very well leaving you with the amount of distaste for his character which was needed to tell the story. Wayans did an excellent job of grasping the ridiculousness of the film and putting it into his character at the correct times. Ryan and Justin were not nearly as funny as they could have been, but for the budget this film was given Johnson and Wayans did an excellent job of providing very funny performances that are very necessary for a film like this to work. Also among the cast were James D'Arcy as the stereotypical villain, Nina Dobrev as the stereotypical girlfriend, Keagan-Michael Key as an over the top gang member, Rob Riggle as the only person who gets anything done, and a surprising appearance from Andy Garcia as the stereotypical gang leader.

When it comes to making a comedy of this style there is a precise formula that is easy to follow, works very well, and as a result is done very often. Director and co-writer Luke Greenfield clearly decided early on to stick with this formula and it can be seen throughout the film: We start with two guys. Both are over the top, both are good-for-nothings, both are funny, but are ten times funnier when they are together. Enter a ridiculous plot which they innocently get mixed up in and is way out of their league, usually something that comes up a lot in other films and TV shows. Add a creepy villain here, a girlfriend for one of them there, and a scene where they drop the comedy and say something deep and profound. Finish it up with a moment of true courage, cut quickly to another stupid joke before the credits roll, and you're set! A guaranteed twenty-five million dollars on opening weekend.

I'm not saying I dislike the formula, it works. It's irritating, but it works. At least some credit is due for that. It does bother me, however, that the films that follow the formula are often extremely successful and well-known, when there are so many really good films that take huge risks and are only seen by a select number of people. On its own scale though, this movie was fairly delightful. A good percentage of the jokes were very funny, there were numerous cringe-worthy moments, but it worked because somehow a laugh will always win that battle. The film also featured an excellent climax which was funny and even slightly suspenseful.

If you do decide to go see this film, which I don't think I'd immediately recommend, go in as I did. Have zero expectations. In fact, have low expectations. You're not going to find a "Dumb and Dumber" or a "Bridesmaids" in this movie, but it isn't a terrible thing to waste an hour and forty minutes on if you go in with very low expectations. I enjoyed it for the brief bit of my life, but I do know that I don't ever want to see it again. So as I walked out of the theater, I was ready to move onto the next thing.

I give "Let's Be Cops" a 5.8/10.

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Release Date:

13 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,813,722, 17 August 2014

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