Moviegoers will find out if New Girl costars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.’s onscreen chemistry extends to the big screen, when the pair star opposite one another in this summer’s Let’s Be Cops. The upcoming comedy already has a red-band trailer – one that’s pretty tame as far as R-Rated theatrical previews go – but now a theater promo with the all-audience approved green banner has also hit the ‘Net.
Let’s Be Cops stars Johnson and Wayans are two 30-something buddies, who haven’t exactly led the most impressive of lives thus far. However, after the pair dress up and police officers for Halloween, they’re mistaken for actual keepers of the peace – which is great when the job involves breaking up fights at sorority houses, but not so much when they stumble upon a real-world network of corrupt detectives, who’re in cahoots with local mob types.
While the comedy in Let’s Be Cops footage unveiled so far has fallen more on the side of being wacky shenanigans than genuinely naughty behavior, the actual film earned its R Rating for having its fair share of bad language, comical violence, and “graphic nudity.” Co-writer/director Luke Greenfield tends to specialize in making toothless PG-13 comedies (The Animal, Something Borrowed), though he’s not a stranger to raunchier territory (see: The Girl Next Door).
Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell right now if Let’s Be Cops will be that much funnier, when it’s unleashed in all its R-Rated glory. There’s so much overlap between the red-band and green-band trailers that it could be either that the best – and more inappropriate – jokes are being saved for later… or that the trailer footage is the best the film has to offer. Compared to what the 22 Jump Street red-band trailer serves up, though, it’s all the more difficult to want to buy what Johnson and Wayans’ misfit (not-)cops comedy is selling right now.
Rounding out the Let’s Be Cops cast are Rob Riggle (Dumb and Dumber To), Andy Garcia (Kill the Messenger), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), James D ‘Arcy (Jupiter Ascending), and Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peale).
Let’s Be Cops opens in U.S. theaters on August 13th, 2014.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers