Hollywood Product: Cop Out (1)
Kevin Smith messes with the law
GENRE: Interracial buddy cop action/comedy
THE PITCH: Two lackluster NYPD cops -"White Lightning," aka Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis), and "Black Thunder," aka Paul Hodges (Tracy Morgan) - set out on a personal investigation to recover Monroe's stolen rare baseball card he planned to sell to pay for his daughter's wedding. The investigation leads the pair of bumbling cops into Latin American gang territory where they inadvertently get caught up in the plans of power-hungry gang lord Poh Boy.
MONEY SHOTS: Hodges and Monroe play good cop/bad cop to interrogate a suspect in a gang-related crime. Bad cop Hodges uses classic lines from police movies, gang movies, even The Color Purple and Beetlejuice, to get his terrified victim to open up and confess.
BEST LINE: Detective Hodges' wife, Debbie (Rashida Jones), sits her jealous husband down to ease his troubled assumptions she's having an affair. During the exchange, Hodges explains to his wife that he gets so riled because she's his "Tenderoni." Debbie attempts to explain why she remains so faithful to her scatterbrained husband, but she's interrupted when he explains, "It's because I'm orally fixated," then flicks his tongue.
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