Directed by Kevin Smith
Bravo Warner Brothers, bravo. I don’t know who exactly the trailer maestro you have working for you over there is, but they’re a keeper. More so than almost any other studio, Warner Bros makes the best trailers for the most disappointing action movies. (“300”, “Watchmen”, “I Am Legend”, “Terminator Salvation”, “Sherlock Holmes”) And now we can add “Cop Out” to that list. Sure, I went into this film for the comedy, not the action, but I ended up getting neither. Kevin Smith has finally made a movie worse than “Mallrats”. (Yes, “Jersey Girl” is better than both those films.)
I love Kevin Smith and am an adamant Kevin Smith supporter. “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma” are two of my favourite films ever. But this… at no point once so ever did I feel like I was watching a Kevin Smith film. True, he didn’t write it, but I’m not letting him get off that easy. The man has talent, not only for dialogue, but in servicing characters and their stories. Smith is a born storyteller and really, to be a good director, you don’t need to be much more. The entire story of “Cop Out” felt phoned in and the characters had very little worth connecting too, from the viewpoint of the audience. Was it occasionally funny? Sure, but nearly every funny moment can be viewed in the red band trailer. (Seriously, if you watch that trailer for about an hour straight, you’ll probably end up laughing more than you would sitting through the entire two-hour running time of this movie.) And the action? It’s pretty much non-existant. Smith might be better served by never directing a film with gunfights again, that’s just not where his (ample) talent lies.
As far as the actors go, Willis is just going through the motions, but as always, he’s at least watchable. Morgan I’ve never really been a fan of. I just don’t get his brand of humour. Sometimes he’s very funny and sometimes he’s just making up words that should really only make three-year olds laugh. Plus, I’m not sure if the man is bona-fide insane, or so smart that he knows exactly how to act mentally challenged. (Like Bob Odenkirk.) Surprisingly, Seann William Scott steals the entire movie. I say that only because I’ve never been Stiffler’s biggest fan either, but after seeing him save the scenes that he is in during this flick, I’m almost looking forward to Kevin Smith’s hockey film if he does indeed cast Scott like he says he wants to. Scott’s scenes work because you can tell that they are the moments that Smith put the most effort into and everyone involved had a lot of fun doing. (The prison scene of Scott and his fellow cell mate talking about knitting sweaters is probably the funniest scene in the movie and screams of Smith just wanting to give Scott another quick scene to get some laughs in.) Another man who steals every scene he is in (and sadly, that numbers only two) is Jason Lee. The man knows how to carry himself with real, adult, comedy, what can you say. The confrontation between he and Willis at the beginning of the film is probably my second favourite scene of the movie.
And was it just me, or did anyone else not understand a word coming out of Tracey Morgan’s mouth for like the first 15 minutes of the movie? Course it could just be that those 15 minutes were so terrible to begin with that I just turned my brain completely off.
Dear Mr. Smith, please write your next movie.