This weekend's blockbuster movies pit comedy against horror. Cop Out packs star power with the box office draw of Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan from television's popular 30 Rock show. Die-hard Kevin Smith fans think the director copped out and has "gone Hollywood" by taking on material that's not his usual quirky humorous style, but the mainstream appeal is bound to attract audiences.
In The Crazies, the authorities abandon the bloodthirsty town, but the craziness of Cop Out proves the buddy detectives are in charge. The story follows Willis, last seen in Surrogates, and Morgan, heard in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, tracking down a stolen collectaile baseball card and tangling with bad guys. This cop caper also features Jason Lee ( Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) and Seann William Scott, who have both worked with the director previously.
Though panned in reviews, Cop Out is the type of film that banks on appreciative audiences looking for laughs more than positive critical response.
The Crazies, an update of the 1973 George Romero thriller might prove surprising at the box office. It is about a small Kansas town overcome with bloodthirsty madness when a biological weapon is accidentally released into the water supply. Next the film's director Breck Eisner turns to more remakes with the 1980 (and 1936) classic
Flash Gordon and 1979's
The Brood from David Cronenberg.