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Let's Be Cops (2014)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director/co-screenwriter Luke Greenfield Rating:4.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on February 10th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Greenfield is enthusiastic about his first commentary in 10 years. He reveals that his inspiration for the film came in part due to his own experiences, along with co-writer Nicholas Thomas, impersonating police officers in New York City. Also, he sought to create a comedic film with elements of real danger, along the lines of 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop and others from the 80s and 90s. He notes that he was also inspired by The Wire, Breaking Bad, Heat, Training Day, among other crime films and series. The film treaded the PG-13 or rated R line for a while before they finally decided to bare it all for the R rating. Greenfield tends to focus on character motivations more than technical information or production background. He goes silent a few times but never for long. Greenfield speaks to the challenges of filming in Atlanta for the Los Angeles setting and working quickly on a very low budget. He is complimentary of all involved and mentions a few times that with alternative takes and lines, they had surplus of great material which he still has and would love to screen for anyone. He stresses that they wanted to capture the theme of enduring friendship between the Wayans and Johnson characters. Greenberg exhibits an infectious energy that makes one appreciate his dedication to making this film, no matter what your opinion of it may be.
Commentary 2: Co-screenwriter Nicholas Thomas Rating:4.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on September 18th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Thomas is proud of this film, and is animated in filling this track, but it is almost all plot narration and pointing out character motivations. Along the way, he is complimentary of the players involved and gives credit to improv lines as they occur. He highlghts lines that he found the most amusing and defends some that may not have worked. He touches on filming in Atlanta for the Los Angeles setting. He mentions a few bits that were cut, including modifying a scene that would have been too similar to the film, Ride Along. He emphasizes that this film intends to portray a journey of friendship between the two protagonists.