There is nothing good to be said about Let’s Be Cops; there are only different shades of terrible. It is a comedy with immature-as-hell main characters and one joke each from director Luke Greenfield and his writing partner Nicholas Thomas. The best one can say is that the banter between the two leads seems credible, although that is little comfort when we would rather they kept their mouths shut.
The film has a mostly condescending view of the profession of policing, as these inept individuals with no experience whatsoever manage to use toys like a camera and Google Maps to track down some of the city’s most hardened criminals, while the highest-level officials in the police force are involved with the mafia. The representation of the force is rather demeaning, as it seems that, with a little bit of luck, anyone can be a first-rate policeman.
The characters are stubbornly reckless, they learn next to nothing, and they show very little desire to change. By the end of the film, when both guys finally have jobs that they enjoy, one has grown an inch, but the other is still the little boy he was at the outset. That kind of narrative doesn’t just fail to entertain but is dull as dishwater. A home movie of boys playing cops and robbers would have been more captivating.
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(Still of Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson in Let’s Be Cops. Photo by Frank Masi, SMPSP – © 2014 – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.)