Volume 47, Number 13 - March 1, 2010


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Mark Pulaski
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THE PERFECT COUPLE: Jimmy (Bruce Willis) and Paul (Tracy Morgan) are more than just partners in Cop Out, they hilariously complete each other.

Cop Out causes ab-wrenching laughs

By Mark Pulaski
Mark.pulaski001@mymdc.net

Interracial buddy-cop movies, are a dime a dozen.  The genre has been largely hit-and-miss over the years, but with Cop Out, Hollywood hit a bulls-eye.

The film, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, marks the first time that director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) has directed a film in which he didn’t also pen the screenplay.

Cop Out follows the story of a pair of vigilante detectives; Jimmy (Willis) and Paul (Morgan), each pursuing their own form of justice. Jimmy, down on his luck financially, is in search of his daughter’s happiness via a stolen baseball card. Hilarity ensues as the duo embarks on a riot of comedy with a plotline featuring a bike-jacking giant cell phone, a peeping bear, and an encounter with a slick-mouthed 11-year-old car thief.

Throughout the movie, it becomes apparent that Jimmy and Paul are more than just partners, they complete each other. Jimmy’s subtle wise-cracks keep Paul grounded, while Paul’s eccentric behavior and twisted sense of humor lightens the mood for Jimmy. Neither of them hesitates to lend a helping hand when the other needs it. It just so happens that while dealing with their personal problems, these two get involved in a fiasco with a major drug lord.

When it comes to this pair, there’s the right way, there’s the wrong way, and there’s the way they do it. 

From the opening scene, Tracy Morgan really steals the show. His wacky, over-the-top antics and hilarious, misinformed, one-liners really help to set this movie apart. Throw in Seann William Scott for a great supporting role as a hysterically, annoying burglar, and you’ve got all you need for a night full of laughs.


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