SYNOPSIS: It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. Two slackers hatch an outrageous plan to impersonate police officers. Before long, the pair are confiscating chronic, scoring hot babes and recklessly racing through the streets in a squad car they found online. But when they get tangled up with actual mobsters, these fake cops find themselves in hot pursuit of real trouble.


Running 20 minutes too long, Let’s Be Cops is a dumb, juvenile take on the buddy cop genre and also a plain insult to raunchy comedies.

Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr) are best of friends and roommates struggling to make a living in LA. Now in their thirties, failed football player Ryan is basically a slacker spending his days goofing around with neighborhood kids. Justin on the other hand also has not much luck working as an assistant video game designer. When their cops costume at a school reunion didn’t turned out to be what they thought, the two dudes decide to take their act further when they realized they actually command more attention from everyone when they are in uniform.

You don’t need a doctorate qualification to know that impersonating a cop can land you in deep shit let alone bringing in the whole package including a police car, guns and stuff. But then, Let’s Be Cops is not a movie that questioned about logic. So the script by Nicholas Thomas even introduced a psychotic villain Mossi (James D’Arcy), a crime lord played by Andy Garcia in a cameo and a real cop, Segars (Rob Riggle) putting our two goofy buddies in a real crime setup.

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr are two talented comedians with undeniable sizzling chemistry though it’s a pity these two aren’t given much solid line to work with. All we have is some random gags, unfunny one-liners and plenty of random chicks to fill the supposedly non-existent punchlines. There’s even a desperate close-up shot of male nudity as if staring at a fat guy’s testicles is actually amusing.   

Director Luke Greenfield even resort to do a Bad Boys for the finale with plenty of gunfire and pyrotechnics but that honor already went to Michael Bay. Let’s Be Cops is an unfortunate example of how comedy went complete wrong. If anyone wants a satire on cops and robbers, watch the remake of 21 Jump Street anytime. 


Brothers in blue 
is a standard making of feature that runs at 11 minutes. I can’t figure out why we need two separate audio commentary tracks. But here we are, the first Audio Commentary by director Luke Greenfield and the second Audio Commentary by writer Nicholas Thomas. The DVD also contains a Gallery and Theatrical Trailer.


Overall, Let’s Be Cops looks sharp and nifty on DVD and the Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation is serviceable for the genre.  



Review by Linus Tee



Genre: Comedy
Starring: Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Andy Garcia, Nina Dobrev, James D'Arcy, Keegan Michael Key, Rob Riggle
Director: Luke Greenfield
Rating: M18 (Some Nudity, Drug Use and Coarse Language) 
Year Made: 2014


- Brothers in blue
- Audio Commentary by Luke Greenfield
- Audio Commentary by Nicholas Thomas
- Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer


Languages: English/Spanish/Portuguese
Subtitles: English/Cantonese/Malay/Indonesian/
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time:  1 hr 44 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: HVN Entertainment Singapore