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Don’t Miss Out These Buddy Cop Films

Unpredictability is the hallmark of most good actors, and a sense of danger can carry you a long way. Some actors get hold of one of those archetypal, dangerous, star-making parts: a wildly unpredictable character who careens through the movie, pulling crazy stunts, magnetizing everyone’s attention. Somehow, the queasy mixture of twisted, madcap cop quips, grim sight gags and several admittedly funny situations, juxtaposed with hard-core violence (i.e. torture, sadism and point-blank snuffings) works. The effect is both fascinating and disturbing.
The basic buddy-buddy situation is a familiar one in which the plot follows the bickering duo all the way and we get some entertainment that’s preposterous at every turn, including a mid-picture imprisonment or a jail break for the heroes or the duo find themselves embroiled in a deadly investigation and so on. In short, the films are a cinematic case study of comic-book mayhem, which nevertheless succeeds, inadvertently, in glorifying, not editorializing, street violence. Checkout some of the most entertaining Buddy Cop Films:

Rush Hour (1998)

Rush Hour puts two polar opposites in the leads and watching them bicker is priceless. The duo has showed all their right moves and have proven themselves a spectacular heroic pair for moviegoers to cheer on everywhere. The action in Rush Hour is no short of exhilarating with outrageous sequences, such as Chan trying to protect a valuable vase from the wrath of the bad guys.

Running Scared (1986)

A functional 1986 actioner showing two hotshot and wisecracking Chicago detectives have a brush with their own mortality and they decide to buy a bar and retire to Key West after cracking one last case. Running Scared transcends its dreary roots and turns out to be a lot of fun.

48 HRS (1982)

Another formulaic action film from the overblown eighties, complete with naked broads, gunplay, and a maniacal killer. Fast-paced, energetic, foul-mouthed and funny, 48 Hours is simply a great ride. Nolte underplays brilliantly, wisely allowing Murphy to handle the loud and showy role (while he etches a gruff, rugged characterisation as a cop on the warpath).

The Rookie (1990)

The film offers some disturbingly misogynist elements as well as a healthy dose of crushing violence. It’s an underappreciated Eastwood film.  Clint teams up with a slightly chubby yet fresh faced Charlie Sheen to take down the nasty yet comically dastardly looking Raul Julia in this. The film may not be heavy on plot or even very original, but with loads of action, stunts and a consistently energetic pace that never takes a beat, it’s a blast.

Tango & Cash (1989)

It goes from a chaotic, futuristic prison to a monster truck derby. It’s a completely outrageous buddy cop movie that throws its characters in the oddest places.  The amalgamation of Sylvester Stallone’s sheer magnetism, and Kurt Russell’s commanding stage presence, has yielded action that comes thick and fast and this, when combined with the one-liner packed script, make the movie feel more like a parody than a serious take on the genre.

Lethal Weapon (1987)

This is a genre classic where a deranged-but-good-cop-with-dead-wife and a conservative-aged-but-also-good-cop pair up and face the bad guys who are ex-CIA. As they grow closer, even the formless plot begins to coalesce around them, becoming an unlikely extension of their lives. Gibson and Glover make a great team, and the story, which proceeds with inevitability, is enlivened by the director’s rousing action sequences.

The Hard Way (1991)

Parodying the parody, The Hard Way is an entertaining spoof movie (of street cop reality and movie star elite, and when the two mixed can deliver a hard and soft movie of serious principles set against the whims of entertainment). The high strung Woods and the endearingly annoying Fox are an ideal pairing. An another underrated buddy-cop flick with an original twist and some outstanding stunt work. The climax is a little cliche-tastic, but delivers entertaining action.

Bad Boys (1995)

Our two heroes are police detectives Mike Lowry (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), who are a kind of tough-cop variation. Even when it’s not particularly funny, their interplay is engaging in every scene as they attempt to recover $100 million in stolen drugs, and their lively, raucous personalities keep the proceedings punchy and watchable for the slightly overlong running time. For all you action movie fans, plenty of cars, plenty of buildings, and plenty of people get blown up along the way.

That’s all folks!

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