Friday, February 12, 2016

Berlin Review: Could 'War on Everyone' Be the Best Bad Cop Comedy Ever?

I’m not sure if any bad cops in the whole genre of  bad cop comedy have paid so little lip service to actual policing as the pair in John Michael McDonagh’s "War on Everyone."  And I’m not sure that the genre has produced such an irresistibly funny film. When we first see New Mexico police officers Bob Balaño (Michael Peña) and Terry Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård), they are speeding after a Marcel Marceau look-alike who’s on foot. “I’ve always wondered — if you hit a mime, does he make a sound?” asks Bob of his colleague at the wheel, a drunk who’s unable, or more likely unwilling, to drive in a straight line. They soon find the answer....

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