ByEmily Murray, writer at
20. Leeds Uni History and English. Lover of anything cinematic. Nolan fanatic. Sci-fi nerd. Marvel fangirl
Emily Murray


Two struggling pals dress up as and pretend to be cops, but soon get caught up in a tangled web of mobsters and criminals.


Jake Johnson - Ryan

Damon Wayans Jr. - Justin

James D'Arcy - Mossi


Cinema has always been obsessed with cops and robbers. From old school thrillers like Heat to recent comedies like 21 Jump Street, us cinema-goers love a good old cop film. But will we enjoy a film about people pretending to be cops; that is the question which Let's Be Cops hopes to answer with a resounding yes! 21 Jump Street has definitely proved that comedy and cops can work together in harmony, and with a great sequel this series has certainly kept us laughing recently, and is the clear influence for Let's Be Cops. It will never be a comedy classic and is far from being fantastic, but as a low-budget comedy it is quite good and ticks all the necessary boxes being very funny, enjoyable and action-packed.

However, it doesn't start well. Opening the film up is a bar scene where we see two struggling pals drinking beer and talking about their failures in life, but hopes for the future. This could easily be a scene from a sitcom, such as New Girl, which is actually the television show that our two lead actors appear in together and are famous for. It remains very television like for the first half an hour, and the appearance of other television stars such as Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries, in a cliché role, does not help. About half way through though it moves onto a bigger scale and feels more like a film rather than a one-off episode, something which was necessary for the film to work.

Of course the story was never going to be anything special. Predictable and cliché you know where it is going from the very start, although the idea of following two people pretending to be cops is original. Despite being predictable all the elements are there for a well-written and enjoyable story and it flows nicely. Packed full of humour there are some outrageously funny moments, with some especially great scenes including one where the two pals have to try and stop some fighting sorority sisters. Alongside the humour though is some great action and even some tense drama, the mobster story does actually grab your attention and keep you hooked.

Although it is nothing special for a low-budget comedy it does the job it needs to do providing enjoyable entertainment and plenty of laughs. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. give pleasing performances, although they pretty much are Nick and Coach from New Girl with different names and jobs. Fine for a laugh but not particularly memorable if you need a giggle this would be a good place to stop.


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