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Let's Be Cops Review

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When Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.), a pair of neighbourhood schlebs, discover that masquerading as police officers elevates them to the status of local heroes, carnage swiftly ensues.

★★★★★

This comedy reverses the 22 Jump Street formula: instead of lawmen posing as slackers, it sees two “30 as shit” no-hopers (Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.) discover that police uniforms get them the female attention they crave. Director Luke Greenfield turns a neat idea into an efficient laugh machine, as the buddy non-cops spiral into deeper and deeper doo-doo. The villains, headed up by a poker-faced Andy Garcia, are genuinely scary and Keegan-Michael Key steals the show as a motormouthed low-life. The sequel ideas write themselves. Let’s Be Marines? Let’s Be Pilots? Let’s Be Mortgage Advisors?

Some nice comic beats and a sinister Andy Garcia turn make this far more watchable that the fratty conceit might suggest.