Bruce Willis in a clumsy at­tempt at an­other buddy cop flick

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JAKE COYLE

their cap­tain (the good, some­times type­cast Sean Cullen). A valu­able base­ball card of Mon­roe’s is stolen and traced back to the gang.

This plot line un­be­liev­ably mixes with one in­volv­ing Mon­roe’s daugh­ter’s im­pend­ing wed­ding. Di­vorced, his ex-wife (Francine Swift) has found a wealthy, ar­ro­gant sec­ond hus­band ( Ja­son Lee) who is of­fer­ing to pay for the daugh­ter’s wed­ding. Played by Michelle Trachtenberg, the daugh­ter is ask­ing Mon­roe for a $48,000 wed­ding — mak­ing her more a vil­lain than the lethal drug gang.

The de­tec­tives’ pur­suit ropes in an am­a­teur­ish bur­glar (Seann William Scott), who proves a sur­pris­ingly good fit with Mor­gan’s mad­cap en­ergy. His shtick here is a mim­ick­ing game that, with Mor­gan, turns into a Bugs Bunny rou­tine — the movie’s best laugh.

Oth­ers make brief ap­pear­ances: Adam Brody and Kevin Pol­lack as un­nec­es­sary ri­val po­lice; Fred Ar­misen as a Rus­sian lawyer; Susie Ess­man as a gun-tot­ting sub­ur­ban mother whose five min­utes cackle bril­liantly with foul lan­guage. The vi­o­lent gang leader Poh Boy is played by Guillermo Diaz in a part that might have been bet­ter comedic rather than men­ac­ing.

A ques­tion of action-to-com­edy bal­ance hov­ers over Cop Out. Writ­ten by Robb and Mark Cullen, it orig­i­nally had Will Fer­rell and Mark Wahlberg at­tached. They’ll in­stead release in Au­gust their buddy cop film The Other Guys — likely more of a full-blown com­edy.

In­ter­ra­cial cop films, from 48 Hours to Lethal Weapon, are a genre by them­selves, but there’s vir­tu­ally no racial ma­te­rial here, sap­ping it of fric­tion.

Smith has made di­a­logue be­tween two guys a sta­ple since his in­die break­through, Clerks. He’s since made some ter­ri­ble films ( Dogma tak­ing the cake) and Cop Out finds him for the first time di­rect­ing from a script not his own.

Like Hodges ex­claims dur­ing a blitz of movie im­pres­sions, Cop Out is an homage. Harold Fal­ter­meyer’s syn­the­sizer-heavy score re­calls his sound­track from Bev­erly Hills Cop, the buddy cop clas­sic that Cop Out falls well short of. One and half stars out of four. BEV­ERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of Bev­erly Hills is out­raged over a Miss USA con­tes­tant who spoke out against same-sex mar­riage and said she rep­re­sented the city in the pageant.

In a state­ment, Mayor Nancy Krasne said that 23-year-old Lauren Ashley, Miss Cal­i­for­nia USA, lives in Pasadena and doesn’t rep­re­sent Bev­erly Hills in any ca­pac­ity.

She said she was shocked to see state­ments made by a beauty pageant con­tes­tant un­der the name of Bev­erly Hills, “which has a long his­tory of tol­er­ance and re­spect.”

Ashley re­cently told Fox News and other me­dia out­lets that same-

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