Jake Johnson (Drinking Buddies) and Damon Wayans Jr. bounce off each other well enough on Fox’s hit sitcom New Girl, so why wouldn’t they make just as great a duo in a feature film? That seems to be the driving concept behind their upcoming big screen venture, Let’s Be Cops, which has received a red-band trailer that’s actually surprisingly green outside of a few scattered cusses.
As ideas go, pairing the two together for a couple hours is pretty good, so maybe the tameness of the content isn’t necessarily a bad sign. Nonetheless, the film’s premise only appears to go so far based on what we see in the trailer, so hopefully the full movie ends up giving audiences more than what Fox is selling here.
The set-up here involves best buddies Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans), two thirty-something losers adrift in their adulthood who decide to dress up as officers of the law for a costume party. Wearing the badge, however, gives them confidence, swagger, and maybe even the purpose that they’re missing in their lives, so they keep the get-ups and keep up the facade, all in the name of a good laugh and some personal satisfaction.
While the trailer doesn’t hit at much of anything beyond that punchline – Ryan and Justin use their outfits to screw around with teenagers, intimidate children, and make booty calls - Let’s Be Cops‘ promises to be about much more than its two lead characters having a ball at the expense of society. In fact, according to the synopsis, their impersonation hijinks get them in hot water with corrupt cops and the mob. Here’s the full plot summary:
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.
There’s a whiff of that conflict in the above clip – who else would Rob Riggle be playing in a movie like this other than an officer on the take? But mostly, the trailer concerns itself with jokes, and while they’re funny they occur free of context. Maybe a second teaser down the line will introduce some plot and give Let’s Be Cops some needed substance, because it’s tough to chuckle at something that fails to invest you in its characters. (Look at 21 Jump Street to see how that can be done perfectly, and in the exact same genre, too.)
All that said, Johnson and Wayans are both great, and even if Luke Greenfield’s filmography doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence (outside of The Girl Next Door), Let’s Be Cops has a lot going for it just through casting. We’ll see how the film holds up this summer.
Let’s Be Cops hits US theaters August 11th, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies