First Look: Kevin Smith’s ‘A Couple of Dicks’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:48 am,

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Mallrats, Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, blah, blah, blah. Yet there’s a dark little place in my heart that secretly loves Jersey Girl.  There, I said it. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I am intrigued (and a little tickled) by the prospect of the new Kevin Smith film, A Couple of Dicks.

I hesitate to prematurely pass judgment on the film based merely on its pedigree, but given Smith’s track record, and the cast of Dicks, February of 2010 has more to look forward to than Martin Luther King, groundhogs, and chocolate hearts.

ComingSoon has revealed the latest photos from A Couple of Dicks, which currently filming in Brooklyn.  These new production pictures feature the film’s stars, Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, as well as one of the newest additions to the cast,  Michelle Trachtenberg (Harriet the SpyEurotrip).  Also featured in the movie are Jason Lee, Kevin Pollack, Sean William Scott, Adam Brody and comedian Jim Norton. Smith has been slated to direct the film, though unlike previous projects he is not the writer; that credit goes to Heist creators (and brothers) Mark and Robb Cullen.

This movie really takes Willis outside his comfort zone as an actor and gives him a real challenge (sarcasm alert!).  He’ll be playing a cop forced to battle with gangsters and money launderers, while searching for a Mexican beauty and a stolen baseball card. Testing his acting chops right along side Willis, Morgan plays his partner in crime-fighting, and reprises a role he is familiar with – the comic relief:

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Head to Coming Soon for a full gallery of pics.

Kevin Smith is no stranger to actors portraying similar characters across multiple films. Those of us that made it through the 90s unscathed remember a few great things that came out of an otherwise mundane decade: Monica Lewinsky, Dolly the sheep, Dolly the sheep, the death of Princess Diana, and the slow, welcome, demise of the mullet. But the Hyper-Color decade wasn’t all bad.  We got introduced to Jay, Silent Bob, Jason Lee, and various characters that all got reprised movie after movie.

Not only that, but Smith gave us Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Alanis Morissette as God! So he should have no problem with Willis being cast as his usual brooding and cynical cop/terrorist/ghost/hero character, or Tracy Morgan as, well, Tracy Morgan. This is also yet another shot at the comedy target for Willis – a bull’s eye he’s been failing trying to hit for some time now.  But watching Bruce Willis in comedies has always been a bit like being screwed in a very uncomfortable place (like the back seat of a Volkswagen?): you’re not happy it’s happening, and when it’s over, you’re left with bad taste in your mouth…or so I’ve heard.

Given its cast of characters and its director, it shouldn’t be too difficult for A Couple of Dicks to hit its mark.  However, come February 2010, don’t be surprised if you don’t see the actual words “A Couple of Dicks” up on the marquee; if Warner Bros. has its way, the film’s title might be overhauled with prudish sensibilities to something closer to “A Couple of Cops”.  When asked about the title change, Filmdrunk reports Smith told friends “It’s like there’s a hole in my heart where some dicks used to be.”

A Couple of (Dicks? Cops?) is set for release on February 26, 2010.

Sources: Slash Film, Coming Soon & Film Drunk

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  1. I cry no tears for Smith if the studio renames his film. He’s obviously just bucking for the same sort of publicity he got with Zack & Miri.

    Now that’s not to say that the film might not actually be FUNNY…

    Vic

  2. no Jay and Silent Bob? im not watching it!

  3. What’s next for Smith, I’m afriad to ask,,,This looks like a generic “Rush Hour” knockoff,,,

    Smith has some talent but he wastes it. (IMO)

  4. 790,
    sometimes even Kevin Smith has to pay the bills .

  5. Don’t get me wrong Gary I just think he’s better than this,,,, :-)

    I’m a fan of Smith… “Dogma” “Chasing Amy” and “Clerks 1-2″ were great and “Mallrats” too… I just think his quasi-gay-porn-direction sucks overall. I wish he would do a science fiction film,,, if he’s such a fan what’s the deal,,,?

  6. Eh, never was a fan of Kevin Smith, but Bruce Willis is in it, so count me in…

    And I agree with Vic, but with the type of audience his movies cater to, that type of reaction is probably exactly what he needs to properly market his movies…

  7. Love Kevin Smith. He’s an expert at getting the most marketing with the least amount of effort and budget ever. He even participated in a protest of Dogma condemning the movie and the writer director in an interview with a local news station. That was terrific!

    He takes risks and I like that. He can make the most mundane conversation interesting. Who else can do that besides Quentin Tarrantino?

    And Kevin Smith is the reason that I enjoy listening to commentaries. The first one I ever heard was Clerks and it was so interesting and honest. Not everyone is good at commentaries. For example, Young Frankenstein. I was excited to hear Mel Brooks’ commentary and it’s probably one of the worst I’ve ever endured. It’s not as easy as it looks.

    Jersey Girl was a very touching movie that never had a chance because of the “Ben & Jen” publicity. Even though she dies in the very beginning, people were just sick of hearing about Ben and Jen and that was sad.

    I actually think Bruce Willis is funny. Loved him in The Whole Nine Yards and the sequel wasn’t horrible. And he wasn’t a copy in The Sixth Sense. I found him perfectly believable as a psychiatrist. I really thought he’d win the Oscar for that. He was equally good in Unbreakable as a security guard. I know, another “cop” role but he was terrific. I think that he’s very under rated as an actor.

    My only worry is that Kevin Smith didn’t write the script. Hopefully it’s a good one or he can make it a good one.
    Tracey Morgan is crazy but he’s a very funny person. His five minute scene as Pablo Escabar, the local union drug dealer in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, was hysterical.

    Either way, if Kevin Smith is involved, I’ll see it. Same with Bruce Willis. He’s the MAN!

  8. yeah, i saw on Smith’s Twitter that he opted for yall to “put up a little piece about about ‘A COUPLE OF DICKS’ “.

  9. “…but with the type of audience his movies cater to…”

    I almost feel like quoting Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder because I guess I must be one of those people, except I’m not really sure what I mean by those people. Not everything Smith does is genius, but I have enjoyed almost every movie of his that I’ve seen, so I’ll check this out too.

    But when do I get to see the sailboat!?