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Cop Out


Stars: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Kevin Pollak, Sean Cullen, Adam Brody, Michelle Trachtenberg

Director: Kevin Smith

Welcome to the unfunniest police duo since Cannon and Ball sank without trace in The Boys in Blue back in 1982. The mismatched cops genre which reached some kind of minor apogee with the Lethal Weapon series here sinks to a level which made me wish really earnestly that someone could invent a fast-forward button for cinema screenings.

The plot? Willis (the serious one (well, to a point) and Morgan (the wacky one, so irritating that an outbreak of eczema would be far more entertaining) are suspended after a farcical operation, leaving Willis to sell his priceless baseball card to pay for his daughter’s wedding. But the car is stolen and Willis and Morgan go on a rule-breaking rampage to recover it.

My face froze at the start when Morgan was interrogating a suspect using (ludicrously delivered) lines from TV series and movies and stayed frozen during the witless nonsense that followed. If I tell you that Seann William Scott is not the most irritating character on screen that should give you some idea of what to expect.

Smith reaches a career low (at least he didn’t write this rubbish: the guilty parties are Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen) with this laugh-a-minute mess. And no, I won’t tell you in which minute the one laugh occurred.

Alan Frank

USA 2010. UK Distributor: Warner Brothers. Technicolor.
107 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 1, Swearing 2.

Review date: 19 May 2010