Bruce Willis in a clumsy attempt at another buddy cop flick
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-