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To Protect and Serve (2001)
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Easy targets."
3 stars

American-made mockumentary shadowing a sharp-tongued documentarist (largely participating throughout the events) and his subjects, a tag-team trade-off of the LAPD’s finest.

The older officer is a louche with a childhood hang-up on the family dog, himself in the process of stalking a new prostitute on the street; the other officer is the stereotypical drongo — large in size, but not terribly bright. (Side-hobbies include cooking; you would expect him to be played by Patrick Warburton.) Writer/director Joseph Perez effortlessly scrounges up a mild satire of voyeuristic police shows (“C.O.P.s,” “Tales of the Highway Patrol,” etc.) and what ulterior motives or hidden agendas the cops may be carrying around with them. As a comedy and even down to the mildness of the satire, there are enough jokes and comments made that work (“Hugs for Thugs”), but the omnipotence of the all three characters’ perspectives tends to be too over-reaching. Between the whip pans, the excessive editing, the ambulatory camera, the multiple stationary shots from one occurrence (forget that the documenter’s single camera wouldn’t be able to film the same thing over and over without worrying to set up a position), and so on, it makes it plain that apart from Perez’s pointedness, he also falls back on convenience and laziness.

With Lee Corbin, Ben Murphy and Jake Wall.


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11/10/06 Sandra It's a funny movie. I liked it! It should be in DVD. 4 stars
1/13/04 frayne rosanoff Just dont forget about the charming and hilarious performance by me, frayne rosanoff 5 stars
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