Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) is known for his appreciation of video games. And even went as far to say he’d be willing to make a Jay and Silent Bob video game but not the level designs. I’m not sure if his latest bickering cop plot, Cop Out, would be a video game at all but it’s funny enough for a flash game at the least.
Cop Out on Blu-Ray is all quality of entertainment more than quality of picture. The film is on HD 1080p but still switches to blotchier scenes from time to time. Who says Mel Gibson and Danny Glover can be the only comedic cop duos? Me! Bruce Willis starring as Jimmy Monroe and Tracey Morgan playing Paul Hodges blend as good as Robert De Niro and … Eddie Murphy? In Showtime? I might go out and say the film has a Beverly Hills Cop feel to it, but then you’d say “Tracey Morgan is Eddie Murphy, but who’s Bruce Willis… Taggart or Rosewood?”
As Monroe and Hodges begin their investigation they quickly find themselves fending for their jobs. They blow the case and this is where the story starts. As undercover and suspended detectives, they keep the case going while keeping the criminals think they’re cops and their agency think they’re not on the case. Without spoiling it, some ironic situations keep the comedy alive. Monroe (Willis) is good in his role as a tough but light hearted cop. Similar to his role in as John McCain in Die Hard. OK, a lot less extreme. Willis is trying to make sure his job doesn’t interfere with his daughters wedding, who by the way is paying for the whole thing. Hodges (Morgan) role has been done before but he does a good job at making it his. An uncertain cop concerned with his wife’s faithfulness is the center of his world. The scene with Bruce Willis, Tracey Morgan and Sean William Scott pushes Hodges (Morgan) to the brink and the trio are quite entertaining.
The title “Cop Out” is a joke on the original title for the film that did not pass approval. It was originally titled “A Couple of Dicks”. That title obviously referring to the nickname detectives, as in Dick Tracey. I’ll give credit to Tracey Morgan since I’ve appreciated his talent since his stint in Saturday Night Live. In a forced interrogation, Paul Hodges (Morgan) pretends to escape from the police into the same room as the interogatee. He begins to spew out lines from classic movies such as “We’re going to need a bigger boat” and “King Kong has nothing on me” to Raul played by Juan Carlos Hernandez. Very funny scene. For you Opie and Anthony fans, Lil Jimmy Norton cameos as the tattoo artist. Nice acting Jim!
The amount of comedians in Cop Out are a dime a dozen. Funnyman Scarface from 1998’s Half Baked Guillermo Diaz plays the bad guy Poh Boy. Packed on a few pounds but funny nonetheless. Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Sussie plays Laura and puts Hodges and Monroe in their place as she herself apprehends the ninja thief Dave played by Sean William Scott. The exchange of words and keeping it PG in front of her son makes the use of acronyms original and the dialogue very Kevin Smith-ish.
Kevin Smith fans will enjoy the dry humor found in his other films but many new to his types of films will think Cop Out is just that. A copy+paste of other police buddy movies like the aforementioned, Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon 48 Hours etc. But in reality it’s not. It doesn’t hide the fact of paying homage to those other flicks by making references to them but not blatantly copying them.
The extras are also worth noting. Kevin Smith is brilliant in adding outtakes, deleted scenes etc. and mashing them into a mode called “Maximum Comedy Mode”. It is a great way to re-watch Cop Out so you can experience all the ideas and comments made with some making you wish they did the suggested instead of what we see. I would have liked to see the extras a-la-carte so I can watch the deleted scenes in peace. But if it was only one way, I’ll take it as it is.
Take this flick as a rental but make sure to check out the extras. If I haven’t made it clear enough, Kevin Smith is a director you’ll enjoy listening to. Trust me.
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
Digital copy (on disc)
Bonus View (PiP)
Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download 7/20! http://bit.ly/CopOutfb