Cop & 1/2 Reviews
The plot consists of an 8-year-old boy named Devon Butler (Norman D.Golden II) who dreams of becoming a cop and finally sees his chance to become one after witnessing a murder, and only willing to hand over the information if they make him a cop! And believe it or not, his outrageous demands are granted, as Butler is teamed up with veteran cop Nick McKenna (Burt Reynolds) who of course is rightfully upset with being given an 8-year-old as his partner. Now does any of this seem plausible?
The problem with this set-up is that the movie takes place in a real world scenario, which means even though it's a fictional comedy it still has to abide by the rules of the real world. Now with that said we have a police department who allows a kid bribe them into putting him on the force with a grown man he has never met as his partner and is allowed to be put in danger just so the police department can get a statement, and apparently his grandmother (his main guardian) sees no problem with this, in fact, she even allows him to stay over at his adult partners house! And even Reynolds character is ok with it! Never in any genre, setting, etc would this ever be allowed to happen! First of all his grandma would be in trouble with child protective services, the police department would be under investigation, and Reynolds would be accused of being a child molester!
That's only the problems I had with the plot! I haven't yet mentioned the complete lack of comedy in this film which is probably because the only gag the screenwriters came up with was to have a cop paired up with a school boy. That's right another film revolving around a single gag kind of like Mr. Magoo but without even the slightest bit of humor. The acting is cheesy; the characters are forgettable and unrealistic, and the production value resembles that of a shitty low budget 90's sitcom. But because it's so ridiculous and also because I'm extremely generous, I will give it 1.5/5 stars for its sheer audacity.
And the whole thing is drenched in a lack of realism. The part where they are singing together was smirk worthy but the leads inability to remember which arm was injured distracted me.
I don't need my time back but I wouldn't invest more than once.
The film follows a young kid named Devon who is practically obsessed with being a cop. So much that the kid watches Miami Vice every night. He witnesses a ridiculously stereotypical mob gang (led by a singing bimbo and his two bumbling cohorts, this has GOT to be old by now) and alerts the police, led by the gruff and tough Nick McKenna. Devon refuses to tell any information unless he goes around with Nick and be his cop partner of some sort. For the next hour, you'll see Webster pretend to be a cop, with moms and grandmas laughing at how cute Macaulay, Jr is! Anyway, the kid is being targeted by the mob after they learn he was a witness. To be protected, Devon bothers Nick even more by staying at his apartment. This phase really shows how desperate Reynolds was. And the whole movie does- shall I even go on?
I mean, really. This thing was directed by Henry Winkler, so you know that Henry Winkler being Henry Winkler, this will be a light hearted family film. And usually family films in the 90s with cute kids usually turn out crappy. It feels like a kid wrote it and it's targeted for kids who want to be cops. I mean, really, you know it's not gonna be great when Devon has the "K9" poster in his room. Yeah, that Jim Belushi movie that proved a dog is a better actor than Belushi. The film's chemistry doesn't go well, and it also feels too short and obvious.