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Let's Be Cops (2014)

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Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party 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.


Luke Greenfield
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Johnson ... Ryan
Damon Wayans Jr. ... Justin
Rob Riggle ... Segars
Nina Dobrev ... Josie
James D'Arcy ... Mossi
Keegan-Michael Key ... Pupa
Andy Garcia ... Brolin
Jonathan Lajoie ... Todd Cutler
Tom Mardirosian ... Georgie
Natasha Leggero ... Annie
Rebecca Koon ... Lydia
Joshua Ormond Joshua Ormond ... Little Joey
L. Warren Young ... Jackson
Nelson Bonilla ... Pasha
Brian Oerly ... Goran


It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they 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. Written by 20th Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fake Cops. Real Trouble.


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity, violence and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Luke Greenfield Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,813,722, 17 August 2014

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Datasat | SDDS


Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Jonathan Lajoie, Rob Riggle and Keegan-Michael Key, who are all stand-up comedians, improvised a lot of their dialogue. See more »


When the two real police officers enter the sporting goods store, they both rack the slide back on their handgun. No shell is ejected. This means that there was not a round in the chamber, and as such, if the officer merely drew his gun and pulled the trigger, no round would have been fired prior to racking (sliding back) the slide to chamber a round. No officer would ever carry a weapon like this - it's essentially carrying an unloaded weapon. See more »


Ryan: Even the cops think we're cops.
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Crazy Credits

Another montage of Ryan and Justin posing as cops is shown during the end credits. See more »


References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »


Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Lou Reed
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Reserved for the Old Blockbuster Crowd
16 September 2014 | by bkrauser-81-311064See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the sophomoric title which conjures up images of idiots pretending to be cops to pick up chicks, get free things and otherwise act like fools in uniform…wait, that is what happens in this film. Still don't be fooled by the title, the movie isn't so much face-palming as it is just mildly and reliably silly.

The movie stars Jake Johnson of New Girl (2011-2014) fame as a burned out former college sports prodigy who's currently unemployed and single in sunny Los Angeles. His roommate Damon Wayans Jr. is a video game designer who struggles to bring his ideas to life thanks to a petrifying fear of taking initiative. His new game pitch involves a Grand Theft Auto-type RPG boasting an authentic beat cop experience. So authentic in fact, that he borrows real police uniforms to place on his presentation mannequins. His boss doesn't go for it but at least the two can become a hit at a costume party, thus beginning a ruse that grabs the attention of the ladies, the criminals and the LAPD.

The film adds very little to the buddy cop genre save a realistic performance by Rob Riggle as a legit Police officer. The villains are serviceable in menace and acting ability while love interest Nina Dobrev of the ever popular Degrassi: The Next Generation (2006-2009) is breathtaking T&A. The notion of Dobrev's character aspiring to be a makeup artist and not an actress or model is about as silly as Fred Astaire aspiring to be a shoe-shiner. Try as they might the chemistry between the two leads is cordial but no where near the level of Murtaugh and Briggs, Cates and Hammond, Lee and Carter. At best they're Freebie and the Bean (1974) without the pretense of already being A-List stars.

But let's be real, this film isn't trying to be the next Rush Hour (1998), and yes that is the new marker of quality. It's a movie that tries to reassemble the old Blockbuster video crowd who rented Martin Lawrence's National Security (2003) and All About the Benjamins (2002) a hundred times because old habits die hard and The Marine (2006) was already rented out. While Johnson and Wayans Jr. may not have the established fan base of Martin Lawrence or Ice Cube, there's no denying the films refreshing lack of pretense and the actors' enthusiasm towards the one-trick pony screenplay.

Let's cut the BS, what it all comes down to in movies like this is can it make you laugh? The short answer is yes and not just scattered chuckles either. Is it worth a re-watch; probably not. There are some truly inspired moments many of which are provided by Keegan-Michael Key (If Key and Jordan Peele were cast as the hapless fake cops instead of Johnson and Wayans who knows how deliciously absurd this movie could have gotten). Yet the buddy-banter all feels recycled and the action sequences are mundane.

I tacitly approve even if Let's Be Cops appeared too late on the scene to be relevant. Those who are limitedly exposed to the clichés of boys-in-blue-type cinema will find something to like, especially when their parents aren't in the room. Those with more discerning taste might want to look the other way on this one, not because it's offensive, dumb or bad but because it's too little of anything.


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