Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. in Let's Be Cops (2014)

Faking It

Ryan (Jake Johnson) is a failed actor with just one advert to his name whilst his friend Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) is a video game designer who constantly finds himself being walked all over by his work colleagues. But the friends discover the power of the uniform when they dress up as cops for a fancy dress party and on the way home find themselves the attention of a lot of sexy young women. It leads to Ryan taking things further, in fact getting carried away with being fake cops as he buys an old police car and learns the lingo. But as the two friends enjoy the perks which being cops brings it also leads them in to danger when Ryan decides to stake out a dangerous gang and soon find themselves in over their heads.

"Let's Be Cops" is a good movie, actually it is an okay movie but it would have been a good movie if it had been more 90 minutes rather than 104 minutes because those extra 14 minutes might not sound much but for me they make this movie drag. In truth it isn't just the length of "Let's Be Cops" which bugged me it was also the utter cliche nature of everything in this movie. Without giving too much away when I saw the bad guys have a clandestine meeting with a smartly dressed bearded man I guessed what he was before we are even told. I was even able to guess how things turned out for Ryan before that arrived as well.

The thing is that whilst "Let's Be Cops" has its flaws and on top of those I have mentioned there are also some annoying characters it is what it is which is some dumb fun for an audience who just want some easy laughs. And yes some of the gags are amusing although just as many are stupid making it a bit hit n miss. In fact I could cut this review short because "Let's be Cops" has the same sort of humour going on as the likes of "21 Jump Street" and "Ride Along" which if those movies have made you laugh then this is going to do the same thing.

What this all boils down to is that "Let's Be Cops" is for me just an okay, pretty obvious and extremely modern comedy which provides a few laughs but drags on. But for a younger audience I am sure even some of its dumber jokes are likely to appeal.