While there is no doubt that actors Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson have a great chemistry with each other (as is evident in New Girl), even they cannot save this mediocre, derivative film.
This is another example of a film where the best parts are in the trailer. When I saw the trailer for this film, I was so excited to see it. I laughed along with everyone in the theater! While the film itself did have a few extra funny parts, overall I was disappointed. Some attempted jokes fell flat on me, as well as the rest of the audience. I really did want to laugh more; the film had all the right ingredients for a great action/comedy: great leading cast, awesome supporting characters (Keegan-Michael Key and Rob Riggle usually never disappoint), and a fun concept. But unfortunately, the pieces don’t always fit well together, and some parts of the film just feel out of place or unnecessary (I love Natasha Leggero, but her small cameo in the film was completely pointless). There were some decent actions scenes as well, and some interesting twists in the story, but none that you haven’t seen before or that couldn’t be predicted.
As for the main story, it revolves around two lovable losers who mistakenly attend a masquerade party in cop costumes. After leaving the party in humiliation, they discover that people actually believe they are real cops. As you can predict, things start off fun and silly but quickly escalate as they get in way over their heads. Friendships are tested, lives are put at risk, and the truth eventually comes out. Like I said, you’ve seen versions of this movie before.
But as stated at the beginning of the film, the saving grace of this movie (and the only thing that makes it worth watching at all) is the great chemistry of Wayans Jr. and Johnson. They play off each other well, and just make sense as a comedy team. Johnson is charming and delightful as the goofball and Wayans Jr. plays a great straight-man (which make the times he does act silly funnier). They are much funnier when they are together on screen than when they are apart. I just hope they get a second chance at a feature-length film to truly show off what they are capable of.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS: 5/10
There is some great potential in this film, especially with the comedy team of Wayans Jr. and Johnson, and some genuine laughs (at least if you haven’t seen the trailer), but overall this unoriginal, lackluster film falls short, in both the comedy and the action. If you do want to see this film, rent it, but don’t waste your hard earned money to see it in theaters. Spend that money on Guardians of the Galaxy instead! :)