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Let's Be Cops


It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Actors: Jake Johnson , Damon Wayans Jr. , Nina Dobrev , Rob Riggle , James D'Arcy , Keegan-Michael Key , Andy García , Jon Lajoie , Tom Mardirosian , Natasha Leggero
Directors: Luke Greenfield
Country: USA
Release: 2014-08-13
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  • William Goss

    The viable chemistry between these two leads keeps the ball in the air, even when the balls land elsewhere in strained homophobic gags.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    At times, the movie seems to exist for no other purpose than to collide these two personalities together, privileging their antagonistic banter above all else. But isn’t that the basic point of all buddy comedies?

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Nick de Semlyen

    Some nice comic beats and a sinister Andy Garcia turn make this far more watchable that the fratty conceit might suggest.

    Empire Full Review
  • Brittany Spanos

    Though it charms, it's difficult to ignore how many times we've seen this story played out before.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Let’s Be Cops has its moments, but it in no way distinguishes itself.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    The mix of raucous buffoonery and violent mayhem isn’t exactly seamless, and the laugh-out-loud moments come with conspicuously less frequency during a third act that suggests a rough draft for “Bad Boys 3.”

    Variety Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    The script by Luke Greenfield and Nicholas Thomas makes too many easy choices, and it simply doesn't work in terms of maintaing credible audience sympathy.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    There are some laughs here, but not many. Johnson and Wayans have a pleasant enough chemistry, but the best parts of the movie are when Johnson gives Ryan an unhinged quality.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    The movie relies too much on the same comic tension in each scene: Johnson is the gung-ho one, Wayans says no (a lot).

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    With a combination of jokes that don't land and a constant flurry of exposition and plotting to keep these flimsy plates spinning, Let's Be Cops more often than not feels more like a court-ordered defensive-driving class than a rousing high-speed chase.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    This alleged comedy takes a long time before it gets its first laugh in. The first half is a complete slog and the ending is insulting, but there are a few semi-arresting sketch comedy moments.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    The film is confusingly and sloppily put together, edited down to the point that the few genuine jokes of Let’s Be Cops are given precious little time to breathe, before zipping into the next sequence of increasingly irrational events. Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Despite a premise rife with potential dark humor, there’s too little edge in Let’s Be Cops. Director/co-writer Luke Greenfield chose wacky over witty and the result is a film with no sense of danger, no reason to care and not enough laughs to make the sitcomish handling of a strong premise forgivable. Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    "What's the worst that could happen?" The answer to that is, you could end up in a summer comedy that's barely funny enough to warrant — ahem — release in the summer.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    [A] disposable comedy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    The screenplay co-written by Nicholas Thomas and director Luke Greenfield fails to mine the potentially humorous premise for the necessary laughs, with nearly all of the gags falling thuddingly flat.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    None of this is as riotously zany as it wants to be.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Let's Be Cops is a fine example of what happens when filmmakers rely too heavily on the potential chemistry of the cast, rather than giving actors something decent on the page to work with.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    From "Police Academy" to "Hot Fuzz," there are satires to be made about undisciplined law enforcement; this will not join their ranks, try as it might.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Let’s Be Cops takes its premise in the dullest, most predictable direction imaginable, as a wacky mismatched-buddy-cop movie pitched to the lowest common denominator.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The only truly lethal weapons in the criminally unfunny action comedy Let’s Be Cops are the lame script, putrid direction and pair of sitcom stars mugging nonstop in frantic pursuit of laughs that have fled over the state line.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Johnson and Wayans are both gifted comic performers but are given way too little to do in a film that wends its way from set piece to set piece, not with antic glee but desultory and-then-this-happens randomness.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jason Clark

    If Let's Be Cops were content to be simply an unfunny genre exercise, it would be easy to dismiss it and move on. But the sting of astoundingly ill-advised sexism and homophobia is harder to shake.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
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