Let's be honest, nobody expected this film to actually be good did they? Stupid and fun, yeah maybe, but not good? Did they? Let's Be Cops follows the story of Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.), two men in their thirties who are unsatisfied with how their lives turned out. After mistaking a masquerade party for a costume party and turning up in cops outfits, the two trudge around town still dressed in costume. That's when they discover that people actually think their cops. Because of this new-found discovery, Ryan and Justin take advantage of their sudden rise in respect.
Let's Be Cops is an hour and forty minutes of unintentional irony with very little laughs in-between. I really wanted to laugh at this film, I did. I wanted it to be funny, even though I had a suspicion it wouldn't be. The premise of the film promises an entertaining time at the theatre, despite this not really turning out to be the case. There were so many moments where the two characters try to point out how unrealistic action films are, whether this be after one character makes reference to a film such as Reservoir Dogs or if Justin is attempting to pitch his video game, yet they go on to do just what they say shouldn't happen. They're constantly reminding us about how films and video games are so over the top and unrealistic and that bullets are insanely frightening, yet they proceed this by going ahead and showing over the top and unrealistic action sequences.
There's not enough humour to get you through the film's runtime. An hour forty is the typical runtime for films like this, and when they're good films then the runtime just flies by, but when they're films like Let's Be Cops... well, that's a different story. The film's screenplay is written by Luke Greenfield, who's also the director, and Nicholas Thomas. The two don't appear to have had the greatest experience with films, or so it seems when you look at their filmography on IMDb, and Let's Be Cops is evidence of that.
The humour that works, and this rarely happens, feels improvised, which says something about the screenplay, although I'm not sure if this is good or bad. There's a chance that it could've been natural dialogue, but when compared to everything else this film has to offer, it's probably not. One of the funniest scenes in the film is a moment I typically groan at in other films, but the choice of song played just made this utterly stupid scene work. It shouldn't have, but it did. Who knew Miley Cyrus had a purpose in this world?
Now, I suppose we may as well discuss the film's villain. The advertising doesn't imply it, but there's actually an antagonist in this film (yeah I know, this film isn't just two friends pulling a Jackass). He goes by the name of Mossi (James D'Arcy), but that's not even the worst part. His character is the most typical, over the top, clichéd and un-scary villain imaginable. His character is meant to have a sense of threat to him. He's meant to appear vicious, yet out of everything he does and all the comments that he makes, I was more worried that Josie (Nina Dobrev) payed actual money for a framed poster of the Planet of the Apes remake.
To sum up, Let's Be Cops has a premise that implies a good time, but an execution that says otherwise. It's an hour and forty minutes of unintentional irony with very little laughs and a poor villain in-between. No thank you Mr. Wayans.