Buddy cop films are no stranger to our screens. Over the years, we’ve seen the likes of “21 Jump Street”, “Hot Fuzz”, “Starsky & Hutch”, “Men In Black” and “Beverly Hills Cop” dominating the box office. Can “Let’s Be Cops” join the ranks of such films or is this more of a cop out?
Let’s Be Cops follows two struggling pals, Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.), as they dress up as police officers for a costume party. As they walk home, they are treated like real cops by passer-bys and they decide to take the gag further. However, when the 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 certainly no shortage of laughs from Let’s Be Cops. It is a comedy after all. Unfortunately, a lot of the gags feel incredibly forced and are not particularly original. For example, how many times have we seen an overweight, sweaty, naked man rubbing his genitals into someone’s face? It gets the laughs, but not the huge laugh out loud moments other comedies provide.
Rather than the usual outtakes you would expect, the end credits are accompanied by brief comedy scenes that failed to make it into the final product. Peculiarly, these scenes provide the most laughs, making their omission from the actual film questionable.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom, as there is fantastic chemistry between the two lead characters. It feels like there’s a genuine friendship between the two, which comes as no surprise as Johnson and Wayans Jr are co-stars in the hit US sitcom “New Girl”. Rob Riggle (who previously starred in the likes of “21 Jump Street” and “The Hangover”) also does a great job in the supporting role.
Another strong point of the movie is the soundtrack, which has been well compiled. Tracks such as Martin Solveig & Dragonette – “Hello”, Scorpions – “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and (a personal highlight) Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way” don’t feel out of place in the film.