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Let's Be Cops (2014)

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Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

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Luke Greenfield
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Johnson ... Ryan
Damon Wayans Jr. ... Justin
Rob Riggle ... Segars
Nina Dobrev ... Josie
James D'Arcy ... Mossi
Keegan-Michael Key ... Pupa
Andy Garcia ... Brolin
Jonathan Lajoie ... Todd Cutler
Tom Mardirosian ... Georgie
Natasha Leggero ... Annie
Rebecca Koon ... Lydia
Joshua Ormond ... Little Joey
L. Warren Young ... Jackson
Nelson Bonilla ... Pasha
Brian Oerly ... Goran
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Storyline

It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Written by 20th Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fake Cops. Real Trouble.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Luke Greenfield Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,813,722, 17 August 2014

Gross USA:

$82,390,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$138,224,951
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Dolby | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

While not all officers in a department will know every other officer generally speaking, it is highly likely that all officers will know the officers, especially supervisors (Sgt.), at least within the same division, especially when working the same shift, so it would be highly unusual for the real officers to not know the pretend officer and Sgt. were fake. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie the cops are wearing white undershirts except when they strip for the girls, they are bare chested. This is a gag. See more »

Quotes

Ryan: We're the law, bitch!
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Crazy Credits

Another montage of Ryan and Justin posing as cops is shown during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in Half in the Bag: 2014 Movie Catch-up: Part 2 (2014) See more »

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WRECKING BALL
Written by Dr. Luke, Cirkut (as Henry Russell Walter), Stephan Moccio, Sacha Skarbek and MoZella (as Maureen McDonald)
Performed by Gaby Borromeo
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Let's Be Cops is that stupid cop movie that most critics aren't gonna like, but I did
24 September 2014 | by RforFilmSee all my reviews

Everyone has played cops and robbers at some point. This is the most basic of imagination games a child could play not matter what part of the world or even time period they came from. It about the thrill of chasing the bad guy or being the bad guy and trying to evade the good guys. You could stage a robbery or stop a kidnapping, but this is something I could easily believe every one has done. But like most growing people, these games end as adults decide to start playing with something that truly interests them and make a career out of it.

But sometimes the cops and robbers game is fun enough that the adult wants this to become their life. They'll ask for information on what the next step is to becoming a real life officer. Either they'll be scared away from the complicated paperwork and academy, denied because of something they have or done, or they possess the will to go through with it and make it a career. But you occasionally hear about those bad apples that think its funny to impersonate an officer. Like the characters in Let's Be Cops, their most likely stupid and don't think about the consequences on the people they fool.

Justin (played by Damon Wayans, Jr.) and Ryan (played by Jake Johnson) are two best friends that have lived in Los Angeles hoping that their lives here would be better then in Ohio. This is not the case as Justin is a video game designer whose more of an assistant then a creative mind and Ryan is a bum friend whose football days are long behind him and living off of a commercial payday that has kept him stable. They head out to a college reunion as cops thinking it's a costume party. Not only is it a masquerade party instead, but they have a hard time fitting in with their more successful classmates.

Just as they decide they might go back to Ohio, they discover something on the city streets; people are giving them double takes, the tallest of men start to slouch and the hottest of women give them smiles. The two quickly realize that people think that their cops. Ryan wants to play around with this more, now getting the respect that he's wanted after college, though Justin is more of a weak coward whose more concerned with going to prison. The two eventually get good enough to deceive the L.A.P.D. and start doing detective work for a Russian mafia.

Every summer there's a movie that I'm gonna find is a surprise that I didn't expect; Let's Be Cops is the surprise. It was a movie I remember laughing at even though a lot of the gags were stupid, reminding me of something like Surf Ninjas. But…I kind of like Surf Ninjas. So why am I forgiving here and not of something like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that was full of dumb jokes?

First of all, the jokes feel like timeless jokes, as to say that they didn't rely on modern day or pop culture things that could be dated in a few years. Second, the characters are likable. Both Justin and Ryan feel like those recent college buddies that still need to find better interests, but they put so much passion in what their doing that you really want to see where they go with this. Third, I feel like that the movie is in on the whole joke of cop clichès and that most of the jokes, especially the jokes that aren't funny, are intentional.

I'll give this seven fake police badges out of ten. Let's Be Cops is that comedy that will become a hit on television through repeated viewings at midnight with teenagers and college students. I can't say it's for everyone, but this is something you need to turn off your logical brain to enjoy.


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