“On my list of fave directors, Kevin Smith prolly comes in at the 4th spot. So even though the trailers for Cop Out didnt look too promising, I had to go. Incidentally, this is the first time Smith directs a film that he didnt write himself. While the movie definitely had its moments (one in particular got a \m/ huge laugh outta me), for the most part I think Smith should stick to his own shit.
The first thing that I will say is actually brilliant is the title. If you’re unaware of the backstory, yeah it seems kinda stupid. The original title was “”A Couple of Dicks”” but we all know about the hateful relationship the MPAA has with Kevin Smith (even worse than Smith with Southwest Airlines if you’re up on that recent drama), so that didnt fly (hadnt thought of the SA thing when I picked that phrase). With that bit of history, yes I daresay, brilliant title.
The cast was good. Bruce Willis apparently had been really wanting to work with Smith, especially after appearing together in Die Hard 4.0 and he really fit into his world quite well (even if it wasn’t the beloved View Askew-niverse). Tracy Morgan was great, but I really wish he could enunciate and didnt sound like he’s got a constant stuffy nose. Maybe then, I’d be able to understand more than half of his lines. There wasn’t as much Seann William Scott as the trailer had led me to believe, which did make me a bit sad. Even if he’s constantly playing a variation of Stifler, I do love him so. Some surprising faces in the supporting cast that I was happy to see: Jason Lee (of course a hardcore Smith collaborator had to be there), Kevin Pollack, Adam Brody, Guillermo Diaz (he’s Guillermo on Weeds), Michelle Trachtenberg, and Rashida Jones.
Again, the comedy was kinda hit or miss. Nowhere near as classic as Clerks or even Dogma, but hey at least it wasn’t Jersey Girl (sorry, cheap shot. To be fair, I actually didnt hate Jersey Girl like most other peeps did). But I think low expectations is really the key to maximum enjoyability here
Cop Out – \m/ \m/ \n