This August’s Let’s Be Cops will, among other things, test the box office mettle of New Girl costars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., together onscreen again. Most of the red band trailer footage shown thus far (including, in the preview featured above), has been heavy on broad comedy setups, indicating that the movie isn’t that far apart from a feature-length, R-Rated sitcom episode; though, in all fairness, that’s to be expected from a film co-written and directed by Luke Greenfield (helmsman on the Rob Schneider comedy The Animal and the porn star rom-com The Girl Next Door).
Not every summer Hollywood comedy can be witty exercise in post-modern comedy and self satire like 22 Jump Street, though – or even a quirky raunch-com with elements of social commentary such as Neighbors, for that matter – and the truth is, sometimes a comedy film where Johnson beats up kids while playing football or Wayans disguises himself like “someone hit [him] in the face with Lil Wayne,” is able to offer all the easy laughs that you’re in the mood for, anyway. Question is, will Let’s Be Cops be stupid-smart or just, well, stupid?
The setup is pretty basic – two under-achieving buddies (Johnson and Wayans) pretend to be cops for Halloween and shenanigans ensue, when they’re mistaken for being the real deal. Of course, in the grand comedy tradition where brilliant criminal masterminds cannot tell the difference between actual professionals and clueless impersonators, Johnson and Wayans wind up being targeted by a powerful mobster (Andy Garcia), who believes they must be federal agents working under cover.
Judging by the trailers, Let’s Be Cops may provide some mindless comedy fun, but not much (if anything) that will leave a lasting impression, good or bad (kind of like if 22 Jump Street just played with its ludicrous premise in a conventional fashion, minus the intelligence and heightened self-awareness). The film will have very little to no direct competition when it opens in theaters, as far as comedy fare goes; who knows, maybe it’ll turn out to be this year’s We’re the Millers (read: a sleeper hit comedy at the box office).
Rounding out the cast for Let’s Be Cops are Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Rob Riggle (Dumb and Dumber To), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), and James D’Arcy (Jupiter Ascending).
Let’s Be Cops opens in U.S. theaters on August 13th, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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