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Bon Cop, Bad Cop

Bon Cop, Bad Cop

DVD - 2008
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When the body of a hockey executive is found draped over the border sign dividing Ontario and Quebec, detectives Martin Ward, Toronto, and David Bouchard, Montreal, must work together whether they want to or not, forced to reconcile differences in language, attitude and style in order to catch a serial killer.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont., Canada : BFS Entertainment & Multimedia, c2008
Edition: Widescreen
Call Number: DVD F BON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
May 11, 2021

Director Erik Canuel has produced one of cinema’s rarer birds: a Canadian film that actually works on all levels. As a thriller the action unfolds with frantic editing backed by a growling soundtrack of heavy metal. As a policier the plot thickens just enough to be interesting. And as a bilingual comedy it plays directly to Canadian funny-bones with a wicked script that wrings humour out of French/English frictions (the two detectives often swapping languages in mid-sentence), the metric system, Americans, and, above all, HOCKEY!! Among the movie’s many delights are a CBC-style talk show hosted by Rick Mercer doing a Don Cherry imitation that spirals into an NFL brawl complete with sweater pulling and underhand punches, and a bad guy with a heavy French accent attempting Travis Bickle’s mirror monologue from "Taxi Driver" while wearing a giant beaver costume—who else but Canucks could appreciate the self-effacing humour in this? And it all starts with a scene of the two men play tug-of-war with a body leading to side-splitting results (literally…yuck!) For their part Feore and Huard are (mis)matched perfectly and they mine their differences for all the comedy gold they can muster even after a potential tragedy galvanizes them into a cohesive unit. But it’s the little asides and in-jokes that had me smiling throughout, for this is not a mere attempt at mimicking stateside dramas but rather a purely Great White North production as loudly Canadian as poutine and a Molson Dry. And Kraft Dinner. Sarain Boylan spices up the plot as Feore’s sexually aggressive sister while Lucie Laurier and Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse round out the cast as Huard’s ex-wife and assertive teenaged daughter respectively.

Great movie. Now somewhat vintage. It is really a satiric piece. It satirizes Quebec/Ontario and francophone/anglophone stereotypes; it satirizes women who fall for cops; it satirizes cop flicks («un flic» = a cop, in French!) and their gratuitous violence, in general; it pokes fun at the forensic doctors who do autopsies; and it memorably satirizes the famous cry of «Vive le Québec libre!» uttered by General Charles de Gaulle from a balcony in Montreal during the drive for Quebec independence, prior to the election of the Parti Québécois. Superb acting by the two detectives. A great lesson in how to curse in Québécois French!

Great movie. Good portrayal of stereotypes in English and French Canada.

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akirakato
May 10, 2018

Directed by Eric Canuel in 2006, this Canadian dark comedy-thriller depicts the investigation of two police officers: one Ontarian and one Québecois.
The duo reluctantly join forces to solve a murder.
Although the title reads "Good cop/bad cop", they actually appear as two amateurish, unprofessional-looking and foolish cops, who allow a dead body hanging on the sign post to cut into two parts in the middle.
You see lots of gratuitous explosions out of the blues.
At the beginning you're forced to listen to the director's unnecessary sales pitch.
Even a great director like Steven Spielberg gives you a choice to view his introduction.

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Crpalace68
May 07, 2018

I couldn't watch it although I gave it the college try. First the unbelievable things pile up and then Rick Mercer shows up and I had to turn it off. Can't stand him. Bon cop, bad movie, really bad.

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mr_chocolate
Apr 03, 2018

An impressive tongue-in-cheek, Canadian film that laughs at our cultural differences and importance. There is a scene in the movie with a much younger Rick Mercer, being a sports caster. Funny film with a story. Not as deep as The Silent Partner, but done almost as well, for being another mismatched cop pairing film. Well done.

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JLMason
Jun 04, 2017

Filled with deliberately outrageous stereotypes, tongue-in-cheek good humour, and a ribald sense of the absurd, this quintessentially Canadian film is a whole lotta fun. The French pathologist, the explanation for how to swear in French, and Ward's sister's night of passion with Bouchard were unforgettably hilarious. Did I mention that the theme is "hockey"?

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rpavlacic
Feb 15, 2017

This movie plays off on the intense relationship - and rivalry - between the provincial police forces of Ontario and Quebec, the OPP and the SQ; with two cops who are perfectly bilingual but have a hard time getting along (until it gets personal for both of them). Add in a serial killer targeting the hockey community, a devoted mother, a sister of one of the cops who is a sexy bombshell (and a foil for the other cop), and a young girl who becomes an innocent victim when she is kidnapped, and you have something that combines "Lethal Weapon" with the "two solitudes". Funny from start to finish, but sobering as well.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 15, 2017

Great low-brow film & sly in-jokes.
Loved the bonus feature on taboo alternate ending.
Surprised Gary Bettman did not sue for libel & slander.

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ThisBoy
Jan 18, 2016

My only problem with this movie is that I did not want it to end. It's hilarious.

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nadian Oct 09, 2009

Sexual Content: One explicit scene of sexual content

nadian Oct 09, 2009

Violence: Many scenes of gory violence

nadian Oct 09, 2009

Coarse Language: Explicit language, in both French and English

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DavidB
Aug 04, 2009

Coarse Language: Not only does it feature copious amounts of frenchh-cursing, this film also teraches us how to use them properly in a sentence and conjugate it like a verbe.

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rpavlacic
Feb 15, 2017

rpavlacic thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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nadian Oct 09, 2009

His heart is in Québec.
Ya l'Ontario dans l'cul aussi! (Yeah but he's got Ontario up his ass!)

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