Yes, it is all too familiar – except for maybe that last part about Jimmy and his daughter's wedding – so much so that you feel like you've actually gone back 25 years and stepped onto a set of Beverly Hills Cop or Lethal Weapon, with the bad '80s techno soundtrack and everything. I'm sure this is all intentional on Kevin Smith's part, who – for the first time in his career – is only the director for hire. Yet, even if he didn't write it, Cop Out has Smith's paw prints all over it, which in this case, is a good thing since Smith clearly loves the genre and pays outrageous homage to it.
There are definitely some hilarious bits – many you've already seen in the trailer, but a few more you haven't. The always good Willis plays it straight for the most part, while the often annoying Morgan spews his lines in a rapid fire, spittle-filled delivery. The two make an unusual pairing, without some of that deep-seated camaraderie of, say, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, but Willis and Morgan make it work as best they can. I've never been a huge fan of the 30 Rock star – and Cop Out doesn't really change those sentiments – but I do give Morgan some credit for a few of the film's laughs. I attribute most of my LOL moments, however, to Seann William Scott, who kills it as an irritating thief into Parkour. He steals every scene he is in.
While Cop Out certainly couldn't be considered stellar entertainment, it also doesn't pretend to be anything else but what it is: a sometimes riotous, mostly silly buddy cop flick.
Kit Bowen is an entertainment journalist and movie critic. She was formerly the Managing Editor for Hollywood.com and currently blogs for her site TheMovieKit.com.