'Cop Out' [Blu Ray]
(Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz, et al / 2-Disc Blu Ray+DVD / R / 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Officers Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges have their weapons drawn on a gun-wielding killer. They agree to shoot on three. But, wait, does that mean 1…2…shoot or 1…2…3…then shoot? Punches hit hard and laughs hit harder (or is it the other way ’round?) when action star Bruce Willis and ace comic Tracy Morgan pair as bickering-but-got-your-back Brooklyn buddy cops.
Blu-Ray: Bottom line, 'Cop Out' is funny! I can't imagine what exactly people were expecting from the film that it doesn't deliver. I've watched it twice this week and laughed out loud both times. A friend watching it with me tonight was laughing before the opening credits rolled!
I'm quite sure when this comes on HBO in a few months, my 70-year-old parents will reluctantly grin and shake their heads and say it was "dumb," but only after they each watch the whole thing from start to finish and get plenty of chuckles out of it. I have not discussed this movie with anyone out in the real world who did not agree that it was hilarious.
Non-spoiler: It's directed by Kevin Smith. Even though he didn't write it, there are still a lot of (gasp!) dirty jokes and naughty words. In other shocking news, cigarettes are bad for you. Prepare yourself for a Kevin Smith movie.
Non-spoiler: Tracy Morgan and Seann William Scott are going to act (gasp!) really, really goofy. Are you familiar with their work? At all? They aren't exactly brand new unknowns. And I certainly wouldn't describe them as actors with a lot of "range." Prepare yourself for a Tracy Morgan and Seann William Scott movie!
Non-spoiler: There's a perfectly adequate buddy/cop story in the background. With guns. And caricatured gangster types. And some bald actor named "Bruce" whose character claims to have never seen the film "Die Hard!"
Sure there are viewing factors that feel so utterly betrayed by the silliness of Kevin Smith and Tracy Morgan and Seann William Scott (and "Bruce"), but remember, at the end of the day it's what YOU think that matters!
In closing, sure, I still think 'Clerks' and perhaps 'Dogma' are the only things worth watching by Smith. No offense to his many worshippers, but dang, when I watch any movie by a real director and a real writer and then one of Smith's, I feel like he's become popular by proving that any Beavis with a pen and a camera can make a movie, going for the cheapest laughs and faux melodrama. Anyway, enjoy 'Cop Out' for all it's worth. [MG] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Over an Hour of Never-Before-Seen Extended Scenes and Outtakes
Picture-in-Picture Moments with Kevin Smith and Seann William Scott
Walk-Ons by Kevin Smith
Wisdom from the S*** Bandit
Factoids About the Movie and Other Information You May Find Helpful ... or Totally Useless!
Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download 7/20!