Tuesday, August 12, 2014

'Let's Be Cops' Is An Arrestingly Funny Comedy

By Darlene Donloe

Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson are quickly making a name for themselves in Hollywood. This comedic dynamic duo has already made their presence known in the hit television show, New Girl.

Now they are bringing the funny to the big screen as they pair up, once again, in the comedy Let’s Be Cops, set for nationwide release August 13.

Buddy cop movies usually translate to big box office. This buddy cop movie will be no exception, well, except for the fact that the two characters aren’t really cops.

When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when they take it a step too far and become involved in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

As the poster says: Fake cops! Real Trouble!

Wayans, a member of the comedic Wayans family comedy dynasty and Johnson and play Justin Miller and Ryan O’Malley, respectively.  Years before the two friends moved to Los Angeles from Ohio to make their dreams come true. 

Instead, Miller toils at a videogame company while O’Malley revels in his glory days as a college quarterback. 

Miller takes it on the chin when his colleagues reject his pitch for a new videogame featuring cops in real life situations.

After they attend a costume party where many of the college friends are in attendance, both Miller and O’Malley, dressed authentically as cops, are hit with the reality that their lives didn’t quite turn out like they planned.

However, as they walk down the street after leaving the party, it’s quite clear that everyone, including real cops, thinks the two friends are actual cops. The two become chick magnets while O’Malley is filled with a sudden sense of power.

Unfortunately, after they take on some bad guys, the ish gets real and Miller and O’Malley find themselves in a death and life struggle.

In the midst of the drama, Miller falls for a waitress at a local restaurant, who is also a would-be makeup artist.

The laughs are plenty in this comedic romp!

Wayans and Johnson do funny proud!

Let’s Be Cops, directed, produced and co-written by Luke Greenfield, stars Damon Wayans, Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Andy Garcia and Keegan-Michael Key.

Let’s Be Cops, opening nationwide August 13, is Rated R.

On the DONLOE SCALE:  D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likeable), O (OK) and E (excellent), Let’s Be Cops gets an O (OK).

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