The buddy cop flick has been slowly becoming a lost genre as of late, with most of them seemingly dying out through the 80s and 90s, so when one the trailer for Let’s Be Cops starring New Girl co-stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr as well as Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, and Keegan-Michael Key hit it gave fans hope, but could the direction this film is heading deliver on the or will it be a crime all it’s own?
Let’s Be Cops follows two struggling pals who dress as police officers for a costume party, who decide to carry it further in impersonate actual cops 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. The first thing you have to do with this movie is be willing to accept the ridiculous premise of it all. IF you can buy into the silliness of the story then the film works pretty well most of the time. There are a few moments here and there where the jokes fall flat or feel forced, but for the most part it is pretty damn funny. While fans have come to know Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. on the series New Girl, they actually shot this movie before Wayans came back onto the show, but there is no doubt that they have great chemistry together. The film hinges on their relationship and This film sports all the fun you could want from a buddy cop film minus the real cops. Rob Riggle gets a change of pace playing the straight man of the group and does a great job with the role. As mentioned before the story is silly and shifts from full on buddy comedy then into a bit of an action film, but never trying to convince you these guys are anything more than what they are. While the majority of the film works there are numerous clichéd moments that struggle a bit, but the chemistry of the two leads helps to keep you entertained. While they are never believable as cops nor are they meant to be which is why the majority of it works. They somehow even manage to make the action sequences funny allowing Riggle to do the heavy lifting in that category.
While this film isn’t quite as funny as the trailers let on and as much as it could have been, there are plenty of laughs to deliver a fun 80s style action comedy that will keep you entertained. If you are a fan of these guys on New Girl then you will most likely love them here as they are almost the same characters with some personality tweaks.