It's actually a stretch to call Kevin Smith a filmmaker. He's a funny guy with a camera. His films always are always good for a few laughs, but they are uniformly sloppy, undisciplined, and amateurish. (He peaked with Clerks, where being sloppy, undisciplined, and amateurish actually worked in his favor.)
I thought perhaps that directing a script he didn't write (in this case, screenwriting credit goes to brothers Robb and Mark Cullen) and working with a big budget star like Bruce Willis might put a little professional sheen on his work. I was wrong.
So with Cop Out we have, essentially, a Kevin Smith film. It is both profane and sentimental. It has nothing resembling a cohesive plot. It has nothing resembling a structure. And, of course, it made me laugh a lot more than several other films that boast both plot and structure.
Smith is harking back to the old cop buddy film genre—48 Hrs., Lethal Weapon, et al—and using Bruce Willis in his taciturn tough guy mode. (No need to use the...