Two adorable guys are in a new buddy cop comedy that includes hardcore partying, accidental drug taking and a plethora of raunchy jokes.
No, I am not referring to the hit film, “21 Jump Street”, with the feels-producing Channing Tatum and lovable Jonah Hill.
The movie I went to see was “Let’s Be Cops”, a tolerable yet subpar imitation of “21 Jump Street.”
The film stars the perfectly pudgy Jake Johnson as Ryan, and the baby of the all powerful Wayans family, Damon Wayans Jr. as Justin.
The two “New Girl” alums play struggling 30-year-olds in Los Angeles that decide to impersonate cops. At first, Ryan and Justin are dazzled by the perks of being a cop: attention, respect and glances from attractive women. However, when the terrifying bad guy with spider tattoos and a gang of Russian drones come into play, the unequipped men are put into a real-life cop scenario and hilarity ensues.
Or at least it is supposed to.
Some of the jokes are funny, including one hysterical scene where a character accidentally takes crystal meth. I was laughing but then got a “been there, done that” kind of vibe from the scene. It was eerily similar to the one in “21 Jump Street” when Hill and Tatum accidentally take ecstasy. It made me feel cheated.
The film has a stroke of luck in their hilarious leading men; they have palpable, “bro “chemistry, probably due to their stint on “New Girl” where they play roommates alongside the adorkable Zooey Deschanel.
However, instead of including better jokes than other cop comedies, “Let’s Be Cops” seems to have less – and less funny – jokes that don’t showcase their wonderful lead actors.
The result is a lackluster movie that stimulates nothing more than a few giggles and leads the audience wanting to pop in their “21 Jump Street” DVD.
“Let’s Be Cops” Information
Runtime: 104 minutes
Now showing at:
R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14
Cinemark 20 and XD
Regal Hazleton Laurel Mall 10
Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX