Film: Cop and a Half
A 1993 movie directed by Henry Winkler and starring Burt Reynolds and Norman D. Golden II. It is about a kid named Devon who wants to become a police officer, and becomes one after giving them some information from witnessing a murder in a warehouse. Devon gets partnered up with veteran cop Nick McKenna, who then seek the killer.The film received mostly negative reviews, except from Roger Ebert, who gave it 3 out of 4 stars (Funnily enough, that same year Gene Siskel liked the widely panned film Carnosaur, which led to even more arguing between them than usual in their discussion of the worst films of the year). It also earned Burt Reynolds a Razzie for "Worst Actor".
This film contains examples of:
- Buddy Cop Movie
- Child Hater: McKenna.
- Fruit Cart: Sadly, while we see one, it never gets driven through.
- I Am Spartacus: As the gangsters round up all the kids at recess and ask for Devon, they each stand up one by one claiming that they are him.
- Police Are Useless: Any cop other than Burt Reynolds is unbelievably stupid. They do things like let a kid answer a police phone call that could've been an emergency, only have one cop protect a witness to a federal crime and don't even move him out of town, and allow a kid to give someone a speeding ticket for going three miles over the speed limit.
- Wise Beyond His Years: Thanks to years of watching cop shows and movies, Devon knows a lot about law enforcement.