Crude Comedy Spoils the Fun
Release Date: February 26, 2010
Genre: Comedy/Police Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time Warner
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen
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Starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as two bickering New York police detectives, COP OUT opens with Paul (Morgan) interrogating a low-level drug dealer, Raul. Paul’s partner, Jim (Willis) hates the way that the clownish Paul interrogates criminals by using a barrage of unrelated quotes from other movies. For once, however, Paul’s technique works, and Raul agrees to give up his drug contact, Juan, who just happens to be the younger brother of a wannabe Latino drug lord named Poh Boy.
With Jim and Paul watching Raul’s electronic store, Juan comes into the store to make contact. Juan catches Paul watching him, with Paul wearing a large rubber cell phone suit. Juan kills Raul and runs. Paul and Jim give chase, but Juan escapes.
Jim and Paul’s boss suspends them without pay for not contacting other detectives watching that neighborhood. This puts Jim in a bind, because he was counting on his salary to pay for his daughter’s wedding. Now, Jim might have to let his ex-wife’s rich new husband pay for his daughter’s dream wedding, much to Jim’s irritation. He has only one ace in the hole – an old, very valuable baseball card that he can sell.
Sadly, when Jim tries to sell the card to a buyer at a sports memorabilia store, the store is robbed. The robbers take off with Jim’s baseball card.
After much effort, Jim and Paul catch the head robber. They pressure him to tell them that he sold the card to Poh Boy. Jim and Paul confront Poh Boy, who tells them he will return the baseball card if they will find a missing car that was stolen from him.
Eventually, Jim and Paul learn that the trunk of the car contains the kidnapped mistress of the biggest drug dealer in Mexico. They learn that Poh Boy took the woman in order to capture the whole Mexican drug trade on the East Coast.
Can they stop Poh Boy, save the girl, and retrieve the baseball card before the daughter’s wedding?
The goals of the heroes are ultimately positive in COP OUT. Along the way, however, viewers are exposed to a lot of crude language, a very crude homosexual reference in the beginning, and some strong action violence.
Even so, at the very end, there is a very positive wedding ceremony, with overt quotes from Psalm 23 and Paul’s promotion of love in the New Testament in 1 Cor. 13. The movie also has some other positive references to Christianity.
Kudos, therefore, to Director Kevin Smith for including these positive elements, but viewers are advised to approach COP OUT with plenty of extreme caution. Please see the CONTENT section above for details to help you make your decision about seeing this movie.
COP OUT could have been better. It also could have been cleaner, a lot cleaner. The movie’s positive moral worldview, including some overt Christian and biblical references, is spoiled by much negative content. The negative content includes abundant foul language, a very crude homosexual joke in the beginning, and some strong violence. The crude comedy spoils the fun. It also makes it harder to appreciate the positive Christian, moral elements. Willis and Morgan would make a great team in a better, cleaner, more inspiring movie. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for media-wise, sensitive viewers.