Kevin Smith's latest movie opus is titled Cop Out and the title says it all. Smith's career has not been very successful as of late. His last epic was Zack and Miri Make A Porno and we all remember that one. Right? Wrong! If he keeps on making these losers he will be more famous for his problems with the airlines than as a writer/director of films.
Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan star in the movie as New York cops who are partners. Willis's acting career has been about as successful as Smith's directing career. Can you spell Surrogates? Morgan on the other hand has been on a career high with his continuing role on 30 Rock." However in Cop Out Morgan annoys while Willis vaguely amuses.
Jimmy (Willis) and Paul (Morgan) end up suspended without pay after they stage a trap for a drug dealer in New York. It goes badly and they take the blame. This comes at a bad time for Jimmy as his daughter Ava (Michelle Trachtenberg) is getting married in a few weeks so he needs all the money he can accumulate to pay for it.
Finding himself without a paycheck causes Jimmy to decide to sell his oldest Baseball Card, which should fetch eighty thousand or more. In a case of horrible timing the shop where Jimmy is selling the card is robbed while he is there. The crook, named Dave (Seann William Scott), takes the card as part of the heist.
The rest of the movie has Jimmy and Paul looking for the card. This gets them involved with a kidnapping and other crimes. None of this is particularly interesting and the comedy falls as flat as the dramatic sequences. Nothing in this movie works and the edge that Smith is supposed to bring to the film is buried under a lot of crude language and superfluous violence.
Adam Brody and Kevin Pollack have a few scenes as two other detectives. What their purpose is in the film is never explained. Seann William Scott is the funniest person in the cast and he does have some funny moments but they are too few. Most of the comedic screen time is given to Morgan who goes overboard in his acting and his comedy.
The film is rated R for profanity and violence.
Smith appears to be going for a 48 Hours type comedy but Morgan is no Eddie Murphy and Willis is no Nick Nolte. Plus Smith shows no talent for getting fun and funny performances out of them. They are swamped by the overly extended plot and the flat jokes.
It was rumored this was going to be an unusual cop comedy that would be in keeping with Smith's unique earlier films like Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma but that plan must have been scrapped early on. What ended up on screen is anything but edgy. Like the title of the movie, Smith just copped out.
I scored Cop Out a policed 3 out of 10.