Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy
Directed By: Luke Greenfield
Written By: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 49 min
How about, let’s not? How about, let’s create a situation that could plausibly exist inside the world it’s based? How about, let’s show some respect for the men and women who are actual police officers, and do protect and serve regardless of the risks? This movie quite frankly is an affront to good taste.
An unreal and stupid collection of unlikely events lead two morons, Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) into pretending to be cops. When was the last time you saw anyone seriously dress up as a police officer at a fancy dress party? I mean really try to get it right, and not throw on some cheap getup bought at the costume store with the words ‘sexy’ or ‘hot’ juxtaposed with the description on the label? I’m all for testing the limits of credulity, and asking the audience to suspend disbelieve for a couple of hours, but this movie’s premise just wouldn’t happen, and it’s the entire basis of the film!
Beyond that there’s the stock plot, contrived story twists, and cardboard cutout villains. A predictable and pointless love interest angle is added for good measure, and dammit, this movie even has the gall to try to deliver some life lesson wisdom. Which believe me is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how offensive this movie is to comedy, common sense and intelligence.
If you can somehow buy that these two men could realistically dress up as police officers, and then own and setup an authentic looking police car, complete with working lights and siren. Then smoke pot openly as they walk down a crowded street. Monitor and respond to official police calls. Learn about police work from YouTube videos. Fool real police officers into thinking they were actual cops. Then by all means take this film on, you might actually enjoy it.
Format wise, this film would work on any device you care to defoul with its content!
Despite how bad I thought this film was, I was hopeful writers Luke Greenfield and Nicholas Thomas would show some respect for the police. Apart from one throwaway line, there’s nothing here. The idea that brave people willingly sign up to protect their neighborhoods, is shown no love or respect in this film at all.