Cop Out
Does Bruce Willis need money?  Does he owe someone some money?  Did he lose a bet to Kevin Smith?  These are the questions I asked myself while watching Cop Out, Kevin Smith’s first offering into the “big budget” scene of Hollywood.  A movie about two NYPD cops who probably shouldn’t be cops and only God knows how they graduated from the police academy.

The movie stars Bruce Willis as Det. Jimmy Monroe, a go through the motions cop who’s estranged daughter is getting married soon and wants a big, expensive wedding.  Trouble is, Jimmy can’t exactly afford this big wedding without selling a mint baseball card worth almost $100K, and he’ll be damned if he lets his ex-wife’s new husband (played by Jason Lee) pay for the wedding.  The baseball card gets stolen and insanity ensues.  Monroe’s partner, Det. Paul Hodges (Tracy Morgan), is having trouble of his own thinking that his incredibly hot wife (Rashida Jones) is cheating on him.  Sean William Scott joins the fray mid-way through the movie as a wise-cracking thief who is probably the best thing about the entire film.

While the movie is pretty bad, it is funny in certain parts but Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan have absolutely no chemistry at all, but the entire movie is spent trying to bring them together like it’s supposed to be Lethal Weapon incarnate.  Kevin Smith is the type of director that doesn’t need big budgets or A-list actors for people to see his movies.  The man has one of the biggest cult followings of any director I know of and he’s spent just about his entire directing career making indie hits (see Chasing Amy, Dogma, Clerks I & II, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) out of nothing.   He should probably take the failure of Cop Out as a sign, that no matter how big of budget you have, no matter what big name actors you have in your movie, nothing beats witty dialogue and great writing (which Smith didn’t do for Cop Out, it was written by Robb & Mark Cullen).

I wouldn’t recommend Cop Out unless you’re some sortof ridiculous Bruce Willis groupie, or have some strange fetish to see Tracy Morgan tell awful jokes scene after scene.  Just skip this one.