Let’s Be Cops

Ride Along and 22 Jump Street have already stake their claim as number one box office winners this year. Buddy cop movies are a growing trend in Hollywood and in order to successfully pull one off the movie must include consistent comedy, crooked cops, and a dynamic duo.

Let’s Be Cops joins the ranks as two Ohio friends try to convince themselves that they are members of the Los Angeles Police Department. Ryan O’Malley (Jake Johnson), a washed up college football player, takes the phony occupation too far when he drags his roommate, Justin Miller (Damon Wayans, Jr.), into his fantasy.


The movie has about four big hilarious moment and they are so spread out that it strings the audience along until the very end. But, it are those in-between moments are bland and uninteresting.

The real magic was the energy and collaboration between Jake Johnson, who had a small stint in 21 Jump Street, and Damon Wayans, Jr. They were like a group of immature college kids with no relevant agenda. Good, clean fun occurred when the pair put on their uniforms.

Let's Be Cops 2

Damon Wayans Jr. and his pops were at the Pittsburgh Improv two years ago and they were equally hilarious. It’s truly a talented family to have bore so many naturally comedic people. Junior is young, attractive, and frequently reminds you of his father’s early In Living Color Days.

Damon Wayans Jr.

3 Stars:
If you need a quick, inexpensive laugh then Let’s Be Cops is right up your alley. Damon Wayans Jr. has proven they his talents and insane wits are passed on through his father and funny family. On the other hand, Jake Johnson has crafted the lazy comedy. The stars are certainly on track for Let’s Be Cops 2 in the near future.

March 2014 Throwback Movie of the Month: Hollywood Shuffle


For the first time, I caught Hollywood Shuffle on my boyfriend’s DVR. The movie came highly recommended by several people and I was not disappointed. The 1987 movie stars Robert Townsend (co-writer, director and producer) as aspiring actor, Bobby Taylor. The over-enthused Bobby Taylor quickly realizes that his daytime job as a hot dog boy is not helpful for his acting career after he lands a big role as a street thug in a major production.

Bobby’s success raises a lot of questions in the Black community about stereotypical roles. The great gig even rallies protesters. Internally, Bobby is facing a tough decision: Does he cater to the these stereotypical, demeaning roles to get his foot in the acting door? Or does he stand up to Hollywood executives and casting directors by denouncing the roles and others like it?

Hollywood Shuffle is undoubtedly funny, but it has an even deeper message. Are we willing to sell our souls for temporary gain? The even bigger message for actors, movie lovers, and Hollywood is the idea that African Americans are only subject to certain roles- maids, whores, street thugs, pimps, and slaves.


Robert Townsend held the prestige versatility of Eddie Murphy long before his time. While he acts and produces, the finished product is always enjoyable. He also dabbles in TV as well. In the mid 90s, he had a family sitcom on the WB called The Parent ‘Hood. He uses specific imagery like daydreaming or creating over the top characters.

Because he doesn’t push the envelope as much as Spike Lee or use predictable humor like Tyler Perry, Robert Townsend still goes down as one of the best Black directors of all time. His movies range in genre and audience, and can be caught on many different TV networks. My favorite Robert Townsend movies are The Meteor Man (1993), B*A*P*S (1997), Jackie’s Back! (1999), Holiday Heart (2000), and Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001).

3.5 Stars: I definitely think I would have appreciated the movie more when it originally came out. (Even though the movie was released before I was born) But, nonetheless, the movie is some of Robert Townsend’s best work, a much needed play on the stereotypical and sometimes racist flaws of Hollywood. Seeing the movie recently only solidifies that while Lupita Nyong’o still received her Oscar recently for portraying a slave, the movie industry has evolved with classifying roles for African American. Black actors are most definitely breaking down barriers!

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