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Movie review: 'Let's Be Cops'

New cop buddy comedy romp “Let’s Be Cops” misses the mark.
By Roger Moore, MCT Information Services Published: August 15, 2014


photo - Jake Johnson, center, as Ryan, makes an emphatic point to Rob Riggle as Segars, while Damon Wayans as Justin looks on in a scene from the film, “Let's Be Cops.”  AP Photo/ Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.  Frank Masi, SMPSP - 
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Jake Johnson, center, as Ryan, makes an emphatic point to Rob Riggle as Segars, while Damon Wayans as Justin looks on in a scene from the film, “Let's Be Cops.” AP Photo/ Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. Frank Masi, SMPSP - AP

The laughs are loud, lewd and low in “Let’s Be Cops,” a spoof of cop buddy pictures that’s pretty much the definition of an August comedy.

The last month of summer is typically a dumping ground for titles studios don’t have high hopes for. Sometimes, that’s due to the lack of marketable stars. Sometimes, they’re just too hard to market period. And sometimes, if they’re comedies, it’s because the belly laughs are few and far between. All of those apply here.

Jake Johnson, of TV’s “New Girl,” is paired with another generation of Wayans — Damon Wayans Jr. — in this farce about two Ohio losers losing their way through Los Angeles, a tough place to be a single guy with zero status.

Justin (Wayans) is a meek and mousy video game developer who is so passive that he gives off a feminine vibe. Ryan (Johnson) is an ex-jock who once quarterbacked for Purdue University but now spends his days roughing up kids in pick-up games on a local playground. Nobody gives either of these guys a second look.

Justin’s cop-centric video game might have been rejected by his bullying boor of a boss, but the police gear he has around the house is handy to have when he and Ryan want to drop in on an alumni costume party. People there mistake them for police. Women eyeball these manly men in uniform. And Ryan, who used to feel the love of the crowd, gets hooked.

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MOVIE REVIEW

‘Let’s Be Cops’

R 1:44 1 1/2 stars

Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Rob Riggle, Andy Garcia. (Language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use)

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