Cop Out

February 26th, 2010

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Cop Out

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A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.6/10 (37,614 voted)

Critic's Score: 31/100

Director: Kevin Smith

Stars: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernández

After a clumsy operation trying to capture a drug dealer, the N.Y.P.D Detectives Jimmy Monroe and Paul Hodges are suspended for one month by their Captain Romans. Jimmy decides to sell his rare baseball card to pay for his daughter's expensive wedding while his jealous partner believes that his wife is cheating on him with their next-door neighbor. When Jimmy sells his card to a memorabilia store, the place is burgled by two small-time thieves and the detective loses his card. They track down the thieves.

Writers: Robb Cullen, Mark Cullen

Bruce Willis - Jimmy Monroe
Tracy Morgan - Paul Hodges
Juan Carlos Hernández - Raul
Cory Fernandez - Juan
Ana de la Reguera - Gabriela
Jason Hurt - Youth 1
Jeff Lima - Youth 2
Sean Cullen - Captain Romans
Kevin Pollak - Hunsaker
Adam Brody - Barry Mangold
Guillermo Díaz - Poh Boy
Alberto Bonilla - Julio
Robinson Aponte - Banger 1
Jeremy Dash - Banger 2
Mando Alvarado - Mexican Man 1

Taglines: Rock out with your Glock out


Official Website: Warner Bros. [France] | Warner Bros. [Japan] |

Release Date: 26 February 2010

Filming Locations: Colonial Rd & 81st St, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £64,935 (UK) (23 May 2010) (127 Screens)

Gross: $44,867,349 (USA) (16 May 2010)

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Did You Know?

The title is a pun, obliquely referring to being changed from "A Couple of Dicks". That title was itself a pun, with "dick" being 1940s slang for "detective," and was actually spoken by someone in the precinct after the interrogation scene.

Revealing mistakes: In the car chase sequence through the cemetery, Jimmy shoots out the back of the car and the assailants shoot into it, however the glass can be seen to only have one small hole in the middle of it.

[first lines]
Paul Hodges: You know what today represents? Nine Jim. Nine years me and you been together. *Nine* we been main shit stains. I know some dogs that don't even live to be nine. You're lucky if you get seven years out of a Great Dane. But me and you been puttin' it together for nine...
[whips out a card]
Paul Hodges: Happy anniversary Jim.
Jimmy Monroe: I don't celebrate anniversaries.
Paul Hodges: Jim, open it up. I wanna see the expression on your face.
Jimmy Monroe: You wanna see the expression on my face? The expression you're gonna see on my face is "fuck you".

User Review

No reason to seek out Cop Out

Rating: 3/10

What was Kevin Smith thinking? An audacious critic of society and film in particular, and no stranger to poking fun at himself I can foresee, a few years down the road, a sheepish Smith laughing off his involvement in this torturously unfunny genre film. What he may lack in compelling direction skills, he more than makes up for in witty screenplays with equal balance raunch and insight having crafted classics such as Clerks and Chasing Amy. With Smith absent from the writing role there is absolutely no reason to seek out Cop Out.

Calling Cop Out a 'buddy cop' film would be a gross misnomer. To qualify as such, we would actually have to witness some aspect of 'buddy'. Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, who co-star, have absolutely no chemistry and I did not believe for a single second they would ever be friends, or even be able to tolerate one another for that matter. Furthermore, I did not believe for a single second that Tracy Morgan could ever be a cop. I am willing to suspend some disbelief in movies like this but c'mon. This role would have been kin to casting Betty White in Taken. Morgan is a very funny man in supporting situations, with 30 Rock being an apt example (Although that show benefits from Tina Fey's screenplay. If she had penned Cop Out this review could be reading far differently) but as with actors like Chris Rock and Chris Tucker, a little goes a long way.

Then we have Bruce Willis who just seems eager to leave. I have never seen Willis mope his way through a movie like this; all of his roguish charms seemed drained by the horrific writing and familiarity of the gags. To make matter worse yet, we get a horrendous performance from Sean William Scott, also a very funny man, whose character is as annoying as it is perfunctory. Many have been calling this a familiar rehash of buddy cop flicks of years past; I wish. I would have begged for a Beverly Hills Cop XXII over this near abomination.

The plot, in case you care, centers on Willis' and Morgan's Jimmie and Paul, two NYPD detectives who stumble into a drug ring after Jimmie's prized baseball card is stolen in front of his eyes during a robbery. He needs the card to pay for his daughters wedding and as he searches with the help of the criminal by which it was stolen (William Scott) uncovers more than he had in mind.

In summation, this film fails as a comedy, fails as an action film, fails as a breakout role for Tracy Morgan, fails as a return to the cop genre for Willis and mars Kevin's Smith's mostly unblemished track record. Originally titled A Couple of Dicks, the title was then changed to what you now see on the marquee. I can only assume this was a backhanded reference to the state of Smith's creative integrity.

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