Let’s Be Cops (Blu-ray)

November 10, 2014 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) are two friends in their 30’s living in L.A. trying to make it big. Neither of them are really fulfilled with their life and they’re considering moving back to Ohio. They go to a party one night and Ryan suggests they go dressed as cops. It’s not long before Ryan has another suggestion; the two of them should pretend to be actual cops. Justin is a bit of a skeptic, but he eventually agrees and you can see that Ryan is clearly enjoying it a little too much, in fact. He begins taking the joke a bit too far when he buys a car and dresses it up as an actual cop car. We even see him browsing the internet to learn all of the terminology (among other things). One night the two of them spot the SUV that wrecked into their car earlier. They go and confront the Albanians that own the car and it’s at this point that they realize they ticked off the wrong people. Eventually, they get in way over their heads and becomes targets of the Albanians. Nina Dobrev shows up as Josie, she’s a waitress that Justin has a crush on and is being harassed. She asks Justin (thinking he’s an actual cop) to help. James D’Arcy plays Mossi Kasic. He is the one harassing Josie and is also a serious threat to the city. He’s not one you want on your bad side. The film builds towards an underground shootout. There are a few surprises along the way, but the plot itself is fairly routine.

Admittedly, the film’s first half is also its strongest. It’s an action/comedy that’s reminiscent of many of the buddy comedies that we don’t see a lot of anymore. The Lethal Weapon films are a good comparison. There are many funny gags in the film, and it’s constantly entertaining. Even during some of the action scenes, there’s some humor injected. I do wish it found a better balance between the two, but that’s a minor complaint. Johnson and Wayans are great together, and they help elevate the film to another level. It might’ve not been as successful with lesser actors in the leads roles. Not all of the jokes register, but there are more than enough funny moments to keep us with it. One of the joys of the film is that it never takes itself too seriously. The plot does get in the way a bit near the end, but it maintains its goofy charm throughout. It’s also the kind of film that you can come back to every so often and still enjoy it. I’d recommend checking it out.

Video: How’s it look?

While not an overly flashy film, the transfer still serves it well. Set in L.A. it does show off a lot of the city in several scenes. The print showed no obvious flaws and colors were always nice and clean. Background shots remained strong as well. There’s really nothing negative to say here. Fans will be pleased. The image is AVC encoded with a 1.85:1 ratio.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The DTS HD track works in the films favor. Expect more front channel action, but the rears kick in, especially towards the more action oriented second half. There are a few club sequences where the music chimes in and makes use of the rear channels. Vocals were always clean sounding with no major issues. It serves the film as it should.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Commentary Tracks – One with Nicholas Thomas and the other with Luke Greenfield. After sampling both tracks, there’s some decent information, but also a lot of discussing what’s happening on screen.
  • Deleted Scenes – These go for some 17 minutes and offer alternate takes and mostly small extended bits. They’re mildly amusing, but nothing of importance.
  • Camera Test – This is more of an extended type promo that highlights a couple of scenes from the film.
  • Real Funny – A brief featurette that talk about the importance of grounding the film in reality, among other things.
  • Brothers in Blue – Is another behind the scenes look giving a basic rundown of the plot. It’s fairly routine in nature, but there are a few decent tidbits such as the casting of the characters.
  • Gallery – This is a gallery of stills from the film. You can choose an auto advance mode or manually toggle through them.
  • Theatrical Trailer/Previews
  • Digital Copy

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