Luke Greenfield

Lets Be Cops

Between the Ferguson, Missouri, police shootings, Lauren Bacall’s death and Robin Williams’s suicide, this has been a particularly painful week to endure. Its gloomy times like these where we could collectively use some comedy to abate the sadness. And so in desperate need of a remedy we turn to Hollywood’s latest comic offering, Let’s Be Cops. There is laughter to be found here, unfortunately that laughter is buried under a towering mountain of rampant misogyny, homophobia and poop humor. In other words, if you like your movies in which two males treat women poorly, mock homosexuality and repeatedly slap each other in the face, this film is for you. From moment one Luke Greenfield’s regressive trifle feels dated — culturally, politically, cinematically. We open with the Backstreet Boys pop hit “I Want It That Way,” which would be slightly amusing if This Is The End didn’t exist. But it does. It’s only downhill from there as Greenfield and Nicholas Thomas’ script charts the listless adventures of Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.), a pair of aimless 30 somethings who — after putting on a cop outfit for a costume party — dupe people into believing that they are genuine LAPD officers. They are, of course, the farthest things from law enforcers. Justin is an aspiring game designer and Ryan was once an All-American quarterback at Purdue who now lives off the paycheck of a Herpes commercial he did a few years ago. It takes a certain kind of […]

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr grabs his codpiece and cape, then gets hammered in the cineplex with Thor. He also suffers from wedding overload with two new movies, Something Borrowed and Jumping the Broom. Though he probably should have put his shirt back on before seeing all the chick flicks. Finally, he takes a more esoteric and educational look at the Spanish Civil War drama There Be Dragons. Spoiler alert: There are no dragons in the movie.

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