Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) are best friends but they promised each other they would make something of themselves by the time they were 30. Now they find themselves at that age with no purpose in life and no future. After going to a costume party dressed as cops Ryan and Justin find people on the street treat them much differently when they have the uniforms on. With a new purpose they continue to go out each day masquerading as police officers, even buying a retired cruiser to complete the image. But when they cross paths with a real life mobster and get targeted and must decide how to do the right thing without ending up in jail themselves.
When Let’s Be Cops started I was really expecting a Dumb and Dumber calibre film as the premise just seemed so outrageous. But as the film progressed it sort of crossing over into Blue Streak/Beverly Hills Cop territory with some decent action scenes and more realistic stakes. It was still really over the top but thanks especially to Jake Johnson and supporting player Rob Riggle the film actually had a lot of heart. Wayans is incredibly similar in mannerisms and comedy style to his Dad Damon Wayans but I think they might have played his character a little too straight here. It would have made the film that much better if both guys had been kooky instead of just one of them. But regardless, Let’s Be Cops was much more fun than it had any right to be.
The Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is very nice indeed. Great clarity and color and a nice, clear and active surround audio track make Let’s Be Cops the perfect mix of comedy and action, delivering on both levels. Recommended.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.