Cop Out is Kevin Smith’s attempt to make an ’80s buddy cop flick. If you follow Kevin Smith, you’d know that it’s a slight variant from the type of movie he usually makes. He calls it a grown-up movie, and jokes that after 15 years in the business, he finally made a movie where the camera moves. He does a pretty good job with it, but he has a lot of help.
The movie follows two cops who don’t exactly follow the book on police work in Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Bruce Willis is Bruce Willis, trade Tracy Morgan for Megan Fox, take a couple of the jokes out of the script and you’ve got Die Hard. Tracy Morgan brings the silly in this movie which is pretty much his cup of tea. He’s loud and obnoxious throughout and really has fun with it. The “by the books” cops of Cop Out, Adam Brody and Kevin Pollack, also do a wonderful job of having fun with their roles, and bring a nice side story to the comedy. The one character I could do without was the one played by Sean William Scott. Every time he was on screen the movie slowed to a crawl, he had a bit part that could have been done with him being on screen for no more than 4 or 5 minutes, but he takes up seemingly closer to 15 with his stupid antics.
There are two main stories as you make your way through the movie, Willis and Morgan trying to get a baseball card back so Willis can pay for his daughter’s wedding, and a Mexican drug dealer looking for a car that contains something of great value.
The two sides end up working together with Willis and Morgan finding the car and the “something of great value” and have to figure out a way to protect the something and still get the baseball card back.
It’s a pretty slow-moving story for most of the movie, the last 15 minutes zips along pretty well, but the movie still comes in over the 1 hour 45 minute, which can get a little tedious, so tedious in fact that with the Blu-ray Disc’s Maximum Movie Mode, Kevin Smith fast forwards through a couple scenes to get it over with faster.
The movie is fun with laughs to be found. My favorite is in the beginning when Tracy Morgan is doing lines from movies and does the “Yippee Ki Yay” line from Die Hard, it cuts to Bruce Willis who says, “I’ve never even seen that movie.”
Cop Out is presented in 2.4:1 aspect ratio with DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.
The movie looks good, I don’t know what it is, but Bruce Willis just has a face that was made for Blu-ray. He just always looks good on Blu.
The Blu-ray extra is the Maximum Comedy Mode that comes on most Warner Bros. Blu-rays. If you’ve never watched the Maximum Movie Mode on any of the movies, it basically takes all the extras that are on a standard DVD and crams them together and they integrate them into the movie. In this one, Kevin Smith pops on screen every 30 seconds or so and tells a really long story before getting to the point and showing you a deleted scene. It’s downright hilarious, if you get the movie, you have to watch MCM, it’s over an hour longer than the movie itself, so if you watch make sure you have the time.
Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan are good and the movie does a good job of calling back to the old school cop movies without spitting in their faces. The opening scene is a little much, but it’s in fun so I’ll give them a pass. Cop Out is a fun movie and really that was the goal, so they succeeded in making the movie they were looking for.
Warner Home Video presents Cop Out. Directed by: Kevin Smith. Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, and Sean William Scott. Written by: Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen. Running time: 107 Minutes. Rating: Rated R. Released on Blu-ray Disc: July 20, 2010.