Last night I went to the first screening in Cleveland of Let’s Be Cops. When I first saw the trailer for Let’s Be Cops I thought, “This is cool, I like Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson alot.” Full Disclosure: I think the show New Girl is pretty funny.
But I also thought, “This could totally bomb”.
The fate of the movie hangs on one simple question, “How funny would it be if two knuckleheads decided to dress up as police officers to see what they could get away with?”
The movie starts with the two main characters Ryan and Justin deciding to dress up as police officers for a costume party.
Their costumes however, turn out to be so good that people on the street actually think that they really are police officers, so of course they can’t help but push the limit to see what they can get away with as cops.
Let me pause right here and say that if you’ve seen 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street then you’ve already seen the basic plot of this movie twice and you’ll have it figured out in the first 10 minutes.
However, despite the lack of originality in the main conflicts and the story arc, and the fact that you could almost call this 23 Jump Street, Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. are able to make the jokes feel fresh and entertaining.
Jake Johnson is one of the most naturally funny guys I’ve ever seen. The lines and jokes that he delivers in this movie just kept making me laugh. Also, the chemistry between Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. works really well. They play off of each other in a way that makes them a solid comedy duo.
The only other actor of note in this film is Rob Riggle who plays Officer Segars. At one point I couldn’t decide if Officer Segars was completely clueless, or he was sharp enough to realize that Ryan and Justin were fake cops. My verdict: he’s just plain clueless.
By the end of the movie Let’s Be Cops does take a turn toward the absurd and at times goes completely over-the-top unbelievable, but I laughed out loud enough times to say that it was an enjoyable buddy comedy.
The thing about comedy is that not everyone laughs at the same type of humor. Typically this type of recycled, formulaic, slapstick buddy cop comedy would just make me nauseous.
Guess what though, I liked this movie. I liked it because Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. are really likable and funny guys.
If there were any other actors in the lead roles of this movie I’d probably be much harder on it. I just can’t help laughing at these guys and rooting for them.