Director Tim Story ("Think Like a Man") brings us a crowd pleaser that had the screening audience laughing from the first frame. Of course that is partly due to the great popularity of fast-talking Kevin Hart, but this silly odd couple-based story is fun. Any self-respecting police department would NEVER allow the sorts of capers we see, but what's a few plot holes between friends? It certainly didn't handicap writers Greg Coolidge ("Baby Mama") and Jason Mantzoukas (Lots of TV) as they pile laugh upon laugh while we happily suspend disbelief.
Even through our hero is steadily employed as a security guard, he really, REALLY wants to be an Atlanta police officer like his finance's brother James. He feels prepared, after all, he has played a cop in countless video games. There are three important things in his life: Being a cop, those video games and his gorgeous fiancée Angela.
Of course we have other cops who provide backup, plus a surprise mystery guest whom I won't divulge because he is uncredited, so that would be a spoiler.
This is PG-13, so expect mild profanity, no nudity, no sweaty bodies, some vehicular mayhem and a LOT of gunfire! By the time Ben gets his hands on a loaded gun, I was ready to slap him! I've been around guns all my life and have never see such careless mishandling! I know, I know, it's a comedy, but....