Dave's Rating:

3.5

The other (better) Cop Out.

Who's In It: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Steve Coogan

The Basics: Ferrell is a boring, by the book, socially inept accountant desk-cop. Wahlberg is his extremely irritated partner, relieved of non-office duty for accidentally shooting Derek Jeter (nice cameo, by the way). Then they stumble onto a huge white-collar crime that no one wants solved so they have to take matters into their own idiotic hands, with wooden guns and running gags about Little River Band.

What's The Deal: I did, in fact, laugh a whole lot at Cop Out. I'm not going to pretend I didn't. And this one is a parody of the mismatched buddy cops genre just like Cop Out. And it drags near the end just like Cop Out did. But it dives deeper into absurdity, stars two men who connect better on camera and pops off weird jokes in the moments normally reserved for dead air. But best of all it pushes Mark Wahlberg into what seems like an impersonation of Andy Samberg impersonating Mark Wahlberg and allows Will Ferrell a chance to be funny and kinda-sorta grown up at the same time. And then there's the whole weirdness of the closing credits...

When It's At It's Best: When it gets strange and flies off the rails, when fatalities come out of nowhere, unexpectedly, just for laughs, when Wahlberg looks like he might actually have an aneurysm at any moment, when it forgets about the story and the car chases and the explosions (although, in their defense, those are pretty great, especially the one at the beginning, so don't arrive late) and revels in unreality, that's when it reminds you of great Ferrell stupid-smart comedies like Talladega Nights and Anchorman. It's not as good as those, but it's about a thousand percent funnier than that one about basketball. I've actually forgotten the name of that one. And I don't want to be reminded what it was called, either, so don't Facebook me with the answer.

7th Inning Stretch: That draggy third act makes it feel longer than it is. Perfect bathroom break moment. You'll miss some gags but since most of them aren't really connected to the resolution of the story so you could actually stop and get some candy while you're out there, too.

School's Still Out For Summer, At Least Until You Watch The Credits: The film lightly references the explosion of white-collar corruption that's been all over the news for the past few years, but never once comes off as any sort of commentary on the Bernie Madoffs and Enrons of the world. That is, until the credits, where animated pie charts and colorful graphs detail exactly how the average American is being screwed over by the richest 1% of the people in this country. It's kind of like watching the densely packed documentary The Corporation in 120 seconds. Okay, no it's not. GO WATCH THE CORPORATION TOO. Seriously, that movie will freak you out.

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The Other Dave - 10-08-2010 6:07 PM
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Mr. White and I ALWAYS agree and in this case he's dead on again. However Mr. White hasn't given nearly as much credit given as deserved for its pure "I really have forgotten there's a plot, and am just looking forward to the next scene" aspect. The relentless comedy lets you not care how this whole thing is going to resolve. As the end approached, my wife leaned over and gave me her typical proposed solution to the plot; and I found myself realizing that for the first time, in a long time, I really didn't care who 'dunnit'. I was just enjoying the ride.

lil julie - 1-14-2011 7:00 PM
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this movie is funny:)

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