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Cop Out: Movie Review

Comedy, Action
Rated: R
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Kevin Pollack, Guillermo Diaz, Ana de la Reguera, Rashida Jones
Released by: Warner Bros.

In Short: Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan make a hilarious duo in this kooky cops-and-robbers comedy.

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Cops and Comedy Make a Winning Combo

or once, with the new comedy “Cop Out,” the previews are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of laughs, instead of every joke in the movie being given away up front. For director Kevin Smith and his three likable stars—Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, and Seann William Scott—have joined forces to give us a really funny buddy movie, all centered around cops, robbers, drug dealers and other assorted characters living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

Morgan, who is best known for his stints on television’s “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” is the catalyst to the whole thing; it’s worth the price of admission just to see his work in the extended opening sequence, as he madly interrogates a suspect while re-enacting scenes from a slew of classic movies. And Bruce Willis is at the top of his game, too, relaxed, charming, wryly funny and a perfect foil as Jimmy Monroe, Morgan’s longtime partner.

Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis in Cop Out Tracy Morgan in Cop Out

The frenetic plot includes beautiful hostages, stolen prize baseball cards, marital infidelity and the impending wedding of Monroe’s daughter. It’s a fast-paced ride, packed with funny moments and silly asides, especially when Scott joins the duo. He’s a surfer dude cat burglar, and his on-screen antics match Morgan’s, with some hilarious results.

But the biggest surprise of “Cop Out” is that director Kevin Smith has actually made a terrific comedy that doesn’t—as he usually does—depend on gross-out, crass, sexual and scatological jokes to get laughs. Perhaps that’s because he let someone else (Robb and Mark Cullen) write this script? Whatever the reason, “Cop Out” is Kevin Smith’s best movie by far, and one that will keep you laughing even as the credits roll.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters


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