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FILM FANS: 'Cop Out' uses worn-out movie formula

Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Cop Out." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com

1 out of 4 stars

If there is any doubt Hollywood is hurting, I offer this film as proof-positive that it is on life support. And they say the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree, but Bruce Willis is several light years from his quality work of "Die Hard." But that said, how bad is it? Plenty. This is your "seen it a thousand times" cop friend movie between old man Willis and his giddy and silly partner Tracy Morgan.

While their chemistry works at brief times, there is not enough fabric or written infrastructure to support the work. So it just prods along aimlessly to its inevitable slow death. And the other characters are just along for the payday ride also. Willis is distracted most of the movie fretting over his stolen baseball card. And Morgan is worried about his wife's infidelity. So here you have it in this compendium: Don't waste your time with this mess, as there will be better messes on the horizon.

— Rick Wright, Auburn

2 1/2 out of 4 stars

After last week's mental twister "Shutter Island," "Cop Out" came in to lighten up my day. Both Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, with the crazy help of "American Pie's" Stifler (Seann William Scott), had a really good time filming this comedy and it shows. If you are offended by sexual innuendo and vulgar, teenage bathroom talk, please avoid this movie, which is an R-rated cross between Eddie Murphy's "Beverly Hills Cop" and Alan Arkin in "The In-laws."

Mindlessly enjoyable with a new refreshing actress previously seen in "Nacho Libre," Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera.

— Alfred Richner, Duluth