Those who have grown up watching the 80s police action films know the formula. Two cops, often long-time partners, investigate a murder case. Their investigation leads to gang-related crimes or corrupt authority. There are actions and laughs, and nice soundtrack music, too. "Cop Out" is, as one of the film's characters say, "homage" to the genre. But homage does not necessarily mean imitation.
"Cop Out" stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as NYPD cops Jimmy and Paul working as partners for nine years. They get suspended by the captain for messing up an undercover drug investigation, and Jimmy is forced to sell a very rare baseball card he owns. He needs money for the wedding party of his daughter Ava (cameo by Michelle Trachtenberg) who is getting married. A masked robber, however, breaks in the shop before he gets money, and takes his vintage card away. The veteran cops track down the stolen card, no matter what it takes, and the story somehow goes back to where it started: a drug lord (who loves baseball) and his gang.
This is a Kevin Smith film that is not written by Kevin Smith (written by Mark and Robb Cullen), and this is the most boring film he ever made. It is occasionally fun, I admit, thanks to the stars and Seann William Scott as s small-time crook (equivalent of Joe Pesci's character in "Lethal Weapon 3"), but random comically-inspired moments (ad-libbed, I suppose) do not make a good film. "Cop Out" drags for the most part of the hackneyed story despite the presence of talented cast including Kevin Pollack, Adam Brody, Ana de la Reguera, Guillermo Diaz and Jason Lee (regular of Kevin Smith films), plus the music by Harold Faltermeyer ("Beverly Hills Cop" and its sequel.
The film is made with an uninspired concept and half-hearted efforts, something Kevin Smith was not known for.