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Reel Watchers: Cop Out

Cop Out, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, is the typical modern-day hodge-podge of a movie packed with comedy, violence and action, with a little heart thrown in for good measure. Bruce Willis plays Jimmy, a cop whose daughter wants an expensive wedding. To pay for it, he decides to sell a baseball card worth $48,000. The card is stolen before he can sell it, and he begins a mission to find it.

Tracy Morgan, his goofy, movie-loving partner Paul, goes along for the ride, and some ride it is. During their quest to find the card, they must deal with a Mexican drug gang, help a girl in distress, and solve Paul's marriage issue.

This movie showcases Tracy Morgan's comedic skills, and his fans will enjoy it to the hilt. Bruce Willis basically plays the straight man to Tracy's antics. Willis fans may be disappointed, since he just doesn't do much more than grin at Tracy and some other very good actors. At times, it seems he is smiling from sheer enjoyment of their funny characterizations. One such actor is Seann William Scott, who resembles Jack Black, and who gives a hilarious portrayal of the thief who initially steals the baseball card. There are some other familiar faces in this movie, including Jason Lee (My Name is Earl), Rashida Jones (Karen of The Office), and a brief appearance by Mark Consuelos (TV actor and Kelly Ripa's husband).

To sum up, Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan are like two big kids playing at being cops in this movie. There are some very funny scenes and except for some raunchy discussions, I enjoyed it enough to give it two-and-a-half miners out of four.

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