Let's Be Cops


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Sometimes it pays to be simple. Case in point? Let’s Be Cops, a buddy comedy that takes one neat idea – wouldn’t it be cool to act like a cop? – then knocks it out the park. Located a couple of doors down from 21 Jump Street, Luke Greenfield’s caper also recalls the infectious recklessness of Catch Me If You Can and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, other films that hang on the notion of reinvention through deception. In New Girl actors Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., meanwhile, it boasts an instantly winning double act that, at its best, recalls the lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon series.

Ohio natives in Los Angeles, Justin (Wayans) and Ryan (Johnson) have both reached 30 with sod-all to show for it. A timid games designer forever shouted down at meetings and a directionless loser living off the proceeds of a genital herpes ad, they’re both in a rut and they know it. Until, that is, they attend a costume party in borrowed LAPD uniforms and find themselves noticed, respected and hit upon for perhaps the first time in their lives. (“Even the cops think we’re cops!” marvels Ryan after their ruse is swallowed by the neighbourhood fuzz.)

Justin’s happy for this to be a one-off. Ryan, though, can’t let it go, buying an old squad car off eBay in order to continue the subterfuge. The trouble starts when he and his ‘partner’ fall foul of an Albanian heavy (quite the transformation for Britain’s James D’Arcy) with designs on a local eatery whose pretty waitress (Nina Dobrev) Justin has fallen for. Somehow, a fake gun and a selection of police slang learned from YouTube just aren’t going to cut it…

One naked perp, a hit of crystal meth and a couple of shoot-outs later, the only thing missing is a sequel. Given the limitless number of occupations our heroes could pretend to have next, it surely won’t be long before that’s rectified.


A bolt from the blue – not least because it’s from the director of The Girl Next Door and Something Borrowed…

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    • matthewbrady

      Aug 26th 2014, 13:59


      "Dude we f''king cops". The story is about a pair of friends dress up as cops for a costume party - and soon unintentionally become the hit of the neighborhood. But when these fake cops finds themselves against a very real threat, they will have to decide how far they are willing to go to uphold their law. When I first saw the trailer to this movie I thought it look pretty funny. After seeing the movie I thought it was okay. The story is new and interesting and seeing these two have much power of telling people what to do because there cops is fun to watch. The movie wasn't as funny as the trailer but it was a okay comedy, that wasn't terrible at all. "Spread the legs, spread the love"

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    • Jareth64

      Sep 1st 2014, 20:34


      What the hell is wrong with you people? This film is s**t. TotalFilm - I understand when you're bribed you have to up the score, but I can only presume matthewbrady is thick. DO NOT go and watch this pile of c**p.

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    • ShounMarsh

      Sep 3rd 2014, 10:26

      Hello friends . The story is new and interesting and seeing these telling people what to do because there cops is fun to watch . According to me it was full enjoyed and funny movie and main message of his movie spread the love in whole world.

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    • hulk68

      Sep 14th 2014, 10:34


      In shrot good movie, not bad not great, certainly not a 4 star movie. Funny but not hugely funny. Like Thor 2 should have not been given 4 stars.

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    • matthewbrady

      Sep 24th 2014, 21:31

      Shut the hell up Jareth64

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