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'Cop Car': EW Review

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Cop Car

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
86 minutes
release date:
08/07/15
performer:
Kevin Bacon, Shea Whigham
genre:
Thriller

We gave it a C+

Imagine Stand by Me directed by the Coen brothers circa Blood Simple. Now take that awesome-sounding mash-up, subtract about 60 percent of the fun, and you’ve got Jon Watts’ coming-of-age thriller, Cop Car.

James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford play 10-year-olds who discover an abandoned police cruiser and take it for a joyride, unaware that it belongs to a menacing, wild-eyed sheriff (Kevin Bacon) and that it has a bloody bad guy in the trunk. Watts, who was recently tapped to direct the next Spider-Man reboot, clearly has a better sense of mood and B-movie mayhem than plotting or pacing. Cop Car feels like a great short stretched into a mediocre feature. C+