Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 104 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 16+. Typical R-rated-comedy shenanigans, including lots of cursing; discussion and depiction of drug use as both fun and frightening; drinking; kissing, implied sex scenes, and talk about sex; a nude man high on drugs whose genitalia and butt end up in another man’s face; and a violent criminal who tortures his enemies, pictures of which are shown as part of a criminal investigation. It’s all “The Hangover”-level stuff, but with more of an everyman-can-be-successful message than that franchise.
‘Let’s Be Cops’ doesn’t reach the higher echelons of R-rated comedies; it doesn’t give its jokes enough time to develop into ‘21 Jump Street’ status. But Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. are so charming together that you can forgive the film for its missed opportunities.
By Roxana Hadadi
It’s always a joy to see people who actually like or love each other in real life act alongside each other; yes, they may be great actors regardless, but some kinds of charisma and chemistry just can’t be faked. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have it in “21 Jump Street” and “22 Jump Street”; real-life boyfriend and girlfriend Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have it in “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”; and Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. have it in “Let’s Be Cops.”