Kevin Hart is believable and funny as Ben, a security guard overly excited about the idea of a career in law enforcement. He is eager but not ready to clean up the streets of Atlanta. Kevin’s character reminds me so much of my human uncle, because they both comment on everything. Ben doesn’t let anything fall on deaf ears, always with a quick retort. One of my favorite parts in the film is when Ice Cube’s character James commands, “don’t touch me!” Ben proceeds to physically and may I add, annoyingly, demonstrate the difference between a touch and a tap. My tail wouldn’t stop wagging it was so funny.
On the other hand, James seems aloof, even “too cool for school,” but that sure didn’t stop the humans from laughing at some of his lines. The way Cube plays it works well because his performance balances Kevin’s anxious personality.
Tika Sumpter (playing James’ sister Angela) was cool in one of the scenes showing her Call of Duty skills, but I would have loved to see more of her.
Don’t let the thin plot fool you. Watching the film, I was reminded that if you truly want something in life, go after it. Put your best paw forward and get that bone! You may surprise yourself just like Ben when he accidentally shoots a suspect he’s interrogating.
Lastly, I hate to play the “canine card” but there wasn’t enough K-9 action in the film. Where my four-legged friends at? I saw a few situations that needed a good sniff. All kidding aside, the film was funny, entertaining and gets 3 paws.